K eeping in Touch The Quarterly Newsletter of the Harrogate District Safer Communities Partnership Issue 7 Crime Audit - Update In the last issue of this newsletter is 13 times higher than the sample size for we told you about the forthcoming the British Crime Survey that the Home crime and disorder audit. The audit Office use to help formulate government process is now well under way, and policy on crime and disorder. With this one part of it has been completed. level of return we can be 95% certain that Public consultation with household- the responses we received are representa- ers forms a major part of the process. tive of the residents of Harrogate District. We need to improve our understand- The findings of the survey are generally in ing of how crime and disorder affects line with previous years responses and in communities across the District. We line with what the partnership believes is engaged in public consultation via the reality of crime and disorder within an anonymous survey. 4640 ques- the District. The majority of respondents Inside this issue: tionnaires were distributed across were of the opinion that they lived in a low the District, in three design formats, crime neighbourhood, but that the District together with an electronic edition as a whole had average crime. Because on the partnerships' web site. Ques- they reported that they lived in low crime tions were targeted both at adults areas, when asked about other neighbour- and young people, and at residents hood concerns or problems, they said that Seasonal Thoughts. 2 in relatively high and relatively low driver and vehicle behaviour were a nui- crime areas. The most extensive of sance, as well as dog fouling, litter and the surveys implemented was the lack of facilities for young people. We still Helping the Beggars 2 postal, householder questionnaire have to gather information from focus with a return sample size of 1133 groups and also from our partner agencies responses. This is an extremely high and other data sources, but we have made Crime State 3 return rate for a postal survey, and a very good start with the audit process. Burglary 3 Partnership Conference On Tuesday the 14th. of September the anti- social behaviour policies. we hosted a conference in the Sun Car Crime 3 Pavillion. The purpose was to high- light some of the projects that we had been involved during the previ- Increasing Demand 4 ous year. Over 70 delegates attended for CCTV Services with representation from the volun- tary as well as the statutory sector. Violent Crime - An 4 They heard presentations about Overview ∗ Community Policing, Feel Safe Be Safe, Ripskys youth café in Ripon, the audit process , and after lunch Page 2 Keeping in Touch Seasonal Thoughts. Throughout the Following on from this comes and guard against making it easy year, different Christmas. for some one to steal their new problems mani- Again this is another opportunity goodies. Close curtains early, keep fest themselves with the changing for the quick thinking Burglar. the doors locked even whilst at seasons. At this time of the year Christmas pr e- home to prevent sneak -ins. Post there are several different issues to sents wrapped up code mark and record serial num - consider. Firstly ther e are the and left under bers of all new items. problems associated with the Christmas trees New bicycles are often given at clocks changing and the early on- often in full view this time of the year and set of darkness. Once it is dark, through a window. this is another chance some households have lots of lights If they are not for the quick thinking on in and around their dwellings, wrapped up then thief. suggesting that someone is home, they will be stored in a cupboard whilst other houses are in dark- They should be properly waiting to be wrapped, but either secured and locked up in ness, which looks as though they way there is an increase in the are unoccupied. Opportunist bur- either a garage or shed. amount of desirable items in peo- glars use these unlit houses as a ples houses at this time of the year. Again, either, post code mark, re- chance to commit a burglary be- After Christmas then all these cord any serial numbers and take a lieving these houses to be unoccu- goodies will have been given as photograph of the cycle. This is an pied. This is a well publicised prob- gifts, and there will be new com- often overlooked area and new cy- lem, however it is something that puters, play stations and games cles are frequently stolen from inse- gets overlooked, machines, CD and DVD players cure garages and sheds. As we and houses con- and lots of similar items in house- have said before in these pages, re- tinue to be broken holds. All these are tempting tar- moving or reducing into in the early gets for the opportunist burglar. the opportunity for a winter evenings. Households need to think about crime to take place, reduces crime. Helping the Beggars. Our Multi Agency Problem Solving drug or alcohol misuse problem and beggars by addressing their needs group has recently put together a need extra money to support their for treatment, housing, employment number of actions to help reduce habit. Increased enforcement proce- and housing. the offence of begging on our dures have been agreed, that include We are developing an alternative streets. Using good practice from Police Officers, Police Community giving scheme for Harrogate. The the five trail blazer areas set up by Support Officers, CCTV staff and idea is that the public can still give the government the group have shop staff. Working as a team they money to help, but not directly to drawn up procedures which will can collect details of offenders, iden- the beggars. There will a system for lead to, increased enforcement, tify locations, collect images and giving the money which will go di- provide a begging referral scheme share information. This disrupts the rectly to local charitable and statu- and encourage an alternative giv- illegal activity and reduces tolerance tory bodies best able to help the ing scheme. There have been more levels as we are seen to be doing beggars with their various problems. people begging in town recently something. Gifts of food and drink can still be due to stronger enforcement action The aim of the Begging Referral given directly to the beggars, but being taken in nearby cities such Scheme is to create an alternative any gifts of money should be put into as York and Leeds. This trend is way of dealing with beggars other one of a number of collecting points likely to continue as word spreads than through the criminal justice around town, and then shared out that Harrogate is a 'soft touch ' system. It will reduce begging inci- between the various local agencies With all the help and aid available dents by improving enforcement that can help and assist the beggars do people need to beg. Often the and offer long term solutions for the to rebuild their life. answer is yes, because they have a The Quarterly Newsletter of the Harrogate District Safer Communities Partnership Page 3 Good News on Crime. Levels of crime are falling. Now, to put some figures on this Yes, it's true. news. In all recorded crime there Figures from the North is a 5% reduction from 30.1 of- Yorkshire Police together fences per 1,000 head of popula- with figures from the Home tion of the District to 28.5 offences Office suggest that overall per head. There has been a corre- crime is falling. sponding increase in crimes de- With the exception of tected from 23% of reported crime violent crime (see article on to 32% of reported offences d e- P4), all categories of crime tected. This compares very well are being reduced, and, with other CDRPs in our family what's more there's an in- group. Within the overall picture crease in detections. So, Burglary and Car Crime have good news all round. shown dramatic reductions. Burglary Burglary of dwelling houses, Well, I think that there is no an offence that causes a lot of one reason, rather it is a com- concern, has been reduced. bination of reasons. More and It has gone from 5.1 offences better security on houses. per 1,000 dwellings down to Increased Police activity. 3.6 offences per 1,000 houses. The North Yorkshire Police, This represents a 29% reduc- Operation Delivery has se- tion. The percentage of of- verely disrupted the activities fences detected remains of criminals in the District, about the same as in previ- better use of information and ous years. How has this re- intelligence by Police. All these duction been achieved ? are factors in the equation. Car Crime Whilst the reductions in Bur- Not quite half but a 49% reduc- glary show a 29% reduction, tion. Detections of this category the reductions in reported Car of crime have improved from 6% Crime, that is thefts from cars detected to 10% detected. How as well as thefts of cars, has this been achieved ? Mainly shows an even more dramatic through Operation Delivery and reduction. The reports of other high profile activities of the offences against motor North Yorkshire Police. The vehicles have gone down from Council have also helped by im- 4.1 offences per 1,00 head of proving the safety and security the District population to 2.1 of its car Parks offences per 1,000 head. Issue 7 Increasing demand for CCTV Service The Harrogate Borough Counci l CCTV control room has been particularly busy over the last few months with the training of new staff and an increase in the general workload. The surveillance equipment has been crucial in gathering evi- dence in a number of high profile cases that have been in the press including a stabbing and rape. With over 460 tapes re- views and 1131 reported incidents recorded since April of this year the 24-hour service is kept on its toes. Community Safety Dept. Knapping Mount, The centre also co-ordinates the West Grove Road, radiolink service to shops, pubs and clubs in the Harrogate HARROGATE, town and is exploring ways in HG1 2AE. which this could be expanded. Tra ining has also been provided Phone 01423 556503 to users of the shop radiolink ser vice to build their confidence 01423 556986 and increase the use of the sys Fax 01423 556530 tem. email@example.com. The service currently monitors mel.greaves@Harrogate.gov.uk. over 130 cameras across the robin.davies@Harrogate.gov.uk Harrogate, Knaresborough, Rip on, Boroughbridge and Skipton area. More cameras will be install ed by March 2005. For any further information on WE’RE ON THE WEB the CCTV service please con- tact: Julia Stack, Community Saf www.harrogate.gov.uk ety & CCTV Manager, Tel: 01423 556632 or email julia.stack @harrogate.gov.uk Violent Crime and Anti Social Behaviour. If you are up to date with current number of these fights would have states that disputes and arguments affairs you will know that the gone unreported. Nowadays with flare up and then more often than headline categories of crime, Bur - public CCTV systems, and more and not, end in violence. Any subse- glary, Car Crime, Theft and Dis- better Police action on the streets at quent Police attendance will lead to honesty are falling. The Police are night, these fights are being dealt arrests and crimes being recorded. recording less crimes against prop- with by the Police. The Police are This goes some way to explaining erty , but more crime against peo- obliged to record a crime if there is the often alarming increases in vio- ple. The government and the mass any suggestion or evidence to show lent crime that are reported in the media refer to a variety of different that an assault has taken place. A news media. So to sum up then. crimes against people as violent crime must still be recorded even if More and better Police action and crime, which can be an alarming the victim or any of the participants new rules on the recording and re- term. There seems to be two or do not want to or refuse to make a porting of crime. Big increases in three underlying causes for this complaint. So by the mere act of the sale and consumption of all apparent increase in personal vio- attending at a fight or other alterca- forms of alcohol, coupled with a lence. Assaults, fighting and tion, the crime rate for assaults will reckless regard for the safe drinking woundings have always been part inevitably rise. I have already men- advice from the medical profession. of society. For various reasons they tioned alcohol, but it is a significant A general willingness to accept and were not always reported and re- and major cause of a lot of the prob- use violence as means of settling corded. Sometimes they would be lems. The patterns of, and the con- disputes for even the most minor of reported but not recorded. Patterns sumption of all forms of alcohol, have disagreements. All of these factors of social interaction have changed. changed over the years. So called contribute to explaining the large More alcohol is being consumed 'binge drinking' where people con- increases in violent crime. However more often and this invariably sume as much as they can, as recent Home Office figures show leads to more disputes which often quickly as they can, with the sole in- that about half of the reported and end in fighting. There is a willing- tention of being drunk, is a relatively recorded assaults did not involve any ness across all levels of society to new phenomenon. This is not just injury, to anyone. resort to violence to settle disputes, confined to young men, but young In future issues we will tell you how whereas previously this was not women seem to be just as reckless. It we are tackling this type of problem always the case. At one time a is when people are in these drunken in the District.