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					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.
                                                                                                               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.                                                                                                                                                     .
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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:
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