The District of West Somerset To ensure that the process has continued Key Messages Key Messages from recorded crime figures 2001-2002 community input and support, a Community from information / data sourced (sample below): (based on actual recorded crime figures to March 2002) Safety Working Group for Minehead was set Minehead North Minehead South Alcombe West up in October 2001 and meets bi-monthly, Health Action in Alcombe, a report by the Criminal Damage Porlock & District Alcombe East Watc het Ward Quantock Val e War d consisting of local residents and supported by Children’s Society 2001, researched the health (property, motor vehicles and other street incidents) Exmoor Ward Aville Vale Ward Carhampton & Withycom be Williton Ward West Quantock War d the Community Safety Officer. The group needs of local children and young people. represents 21% of crime in W Somerset Old Cleeve Ward Crowcombe & St ogumber supports a number of projects including CCTV Two of the three major key findings were:- 80% occurs in Minehead, Williton and ‘feeling unsafe in and around Alcombe’ and Watchet enhancement for the centre of Minehead. The Quarme Ward Brompton Ral ph & Haddon ‘drugs are a significant concern’. change - 7% reduction on year 2000/2001, Dulverton & same group works closely with the community equates to approx 38 fewer incidents. Brushford planning process, feeding into the Minehead West Somerset is grouped into a family of 36 _______________________ Coastal Towns Initiative. similar partnership areas throughout England and Violent Crime population 32,700 compares particularly badly in the crime (violence against person, robbery & sexual offences) In March 2002, residents in Watchet agreed categories of violence against person, robbery represents 19% of crime in W Somerset West Somerset covers a large area, has 18 to set up a community safety working group and dwelling burglary (2000 / 01 data). 41% occurs in Minehead / Alcombe and reinforced their local priorities, to target 28% occurs in Watchet and Williton Council wards and is divided into 11 Police The Watchet Planning for Real day (7.02.02) youth diversion and fear of crime measures. 14% occurs in Butlins (police beat area) beat areas. Minehead is the largest reinforced public safety concerns around youth This figure for Butlins has significantly fallen when conurbation of 10,000 and has a large issues, poor standards of general maintenance compared to the 1997/1998 figure of 31% transient population, with tourism the major Who knows about crime and and a desire for better lighting, traffic calming change - 18% increase on year 2000/2001, industry. West Somerset is also the only disorder partnerships measures, etc. equates to 69 more crimes. _______________________ district area in Somerset considered rural, A British Chambers of Commerce survey in Dwelling Burglary categorised under density group 2 of the 2001, revealed a staggering 82% of business The Rural Crime Report for England and (private dwellings including attempts) ONS (Office for National Statistics) classification. across the UK are unaware of a crime and Wales (March 2002) identified both rural and non- represents 9% of crime in W Somerset rural residents reporting the same disorders as the disorder partnership in their area. The West 38 % occurs in Minehead / Alcombe Although falling outside the Neighbourhood biggest problems in their area: teenagers hanging 21% occurs in Watchet and Williton Somerset residents survey also revealed that around, vandalism, drug misuse and rubbish / Renewal Programme, West Somerset is 21% occurs in Butlins (police beat area) 82% of local people had not heard of their litter. The issues mirror the same social disorders recognised as an area of high social and This figure for Butlins has significantly fallen when local partnership and 92% had not seen a local residents have reported. economic deprivation. Higher incidents of compared to the 1997/1998 figure of 61% copy of the last Strategy. This Strategy is 13% occurs in Dunster recorded and non-recorded crime such as According to the British Crime Survey 2000 presented as a leaflet rather than a formal change - 15% increase on year 2000/2001, criminal damage, disorder, youth arrests drug misuse is most common with people in their report to make it more reader friendly, easier equates to 29 more crimes. and violent crime tend to fall in areas where teens / early 20’s. Nationally almost half of young for wider community circulation and to raise _______________________ the most deprived income and employment the profile of the Partnership. people will have tried drugs at some point with 1/5 Total Theft levels occur. For example, income support becoming regular users. Most do so out of (includes vehicle and all other theft) claimants in West Somerset are highest in boredom, curiosity or peer pressure. represents 34% of crime in W Somerset the wards that experience higher crime Identity of the Partnership broken down into most significant: Who links in Nationally, links have been identified between 12% of total theft is vehicle related rates and where public concern about crime drugs and crime, particularly theft related crime. is highest. Avon & Somerset Constabulary 14% of total theft is theft other West Somerset District Council Latest indications from a random sample of Vehicle Crime: offenders arrested suggest over 60% have traces 35% occurs in Minehead and Alcombe Within the bigger local ward and beat areas Youth Offending Team of illegal drugs in urine. Local survey arrests found 36% occurs in Watchet and Williton it is recognised that certain community Somerset Gay Health that in 56% of cases the arrest was related to Theft Other: safety problems are located in smaller Probation Service substance abuse with an association between Somerset County Council, particularly the 43% occurs in Minehead and Alcombe neighbourhoods. These locations with worst acquisitive crime to drug misuse and alcohol to Youth, Fire, Education and Social Services 22% occurs in Watchet and Williton crime and fears will be targeted with more destructive crimes. 17% occurs in Butlins (police beat area) support and crime reduction efforts. Police Authority This figure for Butlins represents a very small Somerset Health Authority The Crime Concern Trust in studying young increase of one additional incident when compared to Key Audience Somerset Drug Action Team people, sees the causes of crime in rural areas the 1997/1998 figure. Engaging with the Community Magna Housing Association similar to those in large towns and cities (poverty, although theft from motor vehicle has Somerset Racial Equality Council family problems, substance misuse, etc) but there increased compared to year 2000/2001 (9%), A priority of the West Somerset Crime & West Somerset Advice Bureau are aspects of rural life adding to pressures facing compared to the baseline of 1998/1999 it has Disorder Reduction Partnership is to decreased by 18% (approx 50 crimes). Local residents and resident groups the young, which make finding crime and develop a strong working relationship with _______________________ West Somerset Advice Bureau delinquency solutions more difficult, including:- Key: the community, so that residents can work not enough for young to do or places to go. Theft other refers to items taken from unattended bags, lockers with the partnership to implement a range of The Partnership is a collaboration of support from distance away from things they like to access. broken into, etc. safety initiatives. Efforts and resources will a broad-based range of representatives from the greater difficulty in ensuring anonymity for Crimes presented above contribute most to total continue to be given to residents statutory, voluntary and community sector. crime in West Somerset (83%, 2025 incidents out of those in rural areas, such as victims of child a total of 2446). Those targeted for specific action in participation to identify local concerns, to abuse or racial harassment who want to seek this strategy will reflect not only volume and hotspot inform and update the Strategy and develop help while keeping their identity secret. locations but those of most concern to the public. a way forward. . . 2 3 4 5 Key Messages Action Plan: Action Plan continued: from the community audit Community Safety Violence & Disorder In preparing the Strategy, much evidence has been West Somerset gathered through consultation with communities to Raise Partnership profile - what it can do and Aim to reduce public drunkenness, prevent drug and Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership identify concerns that are a problem to local fund, through press and information to public. alcohol related violence and reduce problems arising residents in specific areas of crime, disorder and Deadline: continuous action Promote crime reduction as a duty and from under age drinking. safety. Introduce widespread use of ‘proof of age’ card responsibility for all, not just the Police. scheme by setting up Validate UK in WS. A separate Community Audit leaflet has been Deadline: continuous action Deadline: summer 2002 prepared (April 2002) for public distribution giving more detailed feedback to residents on the areas Reduce Fear of Crime Education messages and guidance to schools, West Somerset of most concern to them. give people information, e.g. target parish reaffirm responsibilities of parents and alcohol Copies available from Community Safety Officer on Tel: 01984 635334 magazines such as ‘Exmoor News’. outlets, to discourage under age drinking. Crime & Disorder encourage media to adopt a reasonable approach Deadline: April 2003 Community feedback has come from: to reporting crime - bad local press stories was the 4th reason why Watchet residents said they Explore what more can be done to support Reduction Strategy 731 completed survey returns across WS licensing trade to adopt good practice in preventing were more fearful of crime. 315 completed questionnaires in Watchet Series of public meetings across West better police presence – more high profile policing alcohol related problems: e.g. April 2002 to March 2005 conditions of Public Entertainment Licence. Issue 1, published April 2002 Somerset, including Dulverton and Exmoor to reassure public. responsible serving practices, discourage 46 young people, one-to-one consultation at a Deadline: continuous action inappropriate drinking promotions, etc. The Strategy youth camp on Exmoor Set up local residents associations in two target target hotspots of disorder and violence to identify The Local Authorities, Police and local residents 34 completed surveys from young people areas, encouraging local ownership particular establishments and to develop in West Somerset have been the main partners in Minehead Community Safety Working Group Deadline: December 2002 appropriate solutions / enforcement. helping to develop this community safety strategy Several meetings with local disabled and Support both Minehead and Watchet Community Deadline: April 2003 in accordance with the requirements of the Crime vulnerable groups Safety Groups, involving them with project planning Support organisations, local groups and residents and Disorder Act 1998. A district-wide crime and New Watchet Community Safety Group and new initiatives. with initiatives that reduce race, homophobic and disorder audit has included: Door to door surveys in Minehead Deadline: continuous action violent crime and fear, with issues around incident reporting, monitoring, education / training Recorded crime and unrecorded crime levels Minehead Community Planning public meeting Upgrade CCTV for Minehead to aid detection, improve prosecution and reassure public safety. programmes, adopting good practice and personal Considerable consultation with local residents Areas of highest concern to residents: Deadline: April 2003 safety. All plans must consider needs of minorities. Levels of local disorder and crime Fear of Crime Deadline: ongoing Other relevant data, reports and plans Investigate improvement to street lighting and Anti-social behaviour / nuisance design, in areas identified by community. Links to funding streams & other programmes Drug and alcohol Deadline: April 2003 Offences Against Property Damage to property Road safety measures: – examine traffic calming Targets The Aim Having your home broken into where highlighted, reduce casualties through Motor vehicle crime 6% annual reduction The West Somerset Crime & Disorder Reduction Disorder and violence education, enforcement and design. Burglary crime 8% annual reduction Partnership is committed to action and delivery Deadline: continuous action based on national long-term targets for West Somerset that aims to reduce crime, reduce the fear of Priority actions for residents: by promoting crime prevention, better vehicle Work with Probation Service to identify & deliver crime and make West Somerset a safer place. It Youth and youth diversion security, target known offenders and hotspots, and at least 3 projects for community punishment is the intention of the Partnership that the Strategy Visible policing and public reassurance aim to achieve Secured Car Park status. service. will evolve, develop and be updated to reflect Work to tackle drug and alcohol misuse Deadline: April 2003 crime trends, on-going community consultation Crime prevention and public safety Drugs and emerging priorities. The Strategy will also More joint working between Police, Council and local people Youth Diversion An underlying cause that impacts greatly on the above reflect local areas where crime related problems issues is drugs and highlighted as a concern by local are worst, where fear of crime is highest and Work to reduce anti-social behaviour Identify resources to pump prime and sustain communities. The Partnership will aim to help drug- projects that have primary or secondary aim of where specific concerns need to be tackled. The key messages from the community audit, crime trends misusing offenders as evidence suggests that effective and other information sources, show that the issues largely reducing crime by and against young people. and targeted treatment can have a major impact on correspond with the key areas being identified nationally by the Deadline: continuous action What is reducing subsequent offending and help young people Home Office. Support the Minehead Youth Group with their to resist drug misuse through positive activities, Community Safety priority project – development of a skatepark / youth education and greater parental awareness. Community safety is a quality Funding area. Deadline: ongoing and supported through the ‘Communities of life issue about the health Resources to back up Partnership working and Deadline: to be identified Against Drugs’ initiative and safety of the community community participation have been made available from the Home Office. This includes an allocation of funds to Investigate other identified projects in WS such as and contributes towards people youth shelters, hangouts, cyber café, ‘things to do’ For further information please contact: each district Partnership that local communities and pursuing their personal, social, and involve youth with Sainsbury Hall in Minehead. Martin Greenwood, Community Safety Officer voluntary organisations can access to help deliver some economic and cultural life Deadline: during first 12 – 18 months West Somerset Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership of the crime reduction and safety measures identified for in a safe environment, 20 Fore Street, Williton, Somerset TA4 4QA West Somerset. This includes the ‘Safer Communities Support education campaigns, e.g. young people without fear or hindrance. at risk of dissatisfaction through drug use, crime, Tel: 01984 635334 Initiative’ for 2002 / 2003. school exclusion, etc. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 6 Deadline: continuous action 7 8 1 .