SURVEY RESULTS SHOW ISLANDERS FEEL SAFE IN THEIR LOCAL COMMUNITY

In News by Bembridge PC

The Community Safety Partnership (CSP) 2019 survey has shown a rise in the number of people feeling safe in their community, compared to last year’s results.

Survey respondents stating they felt safe in their local area was 86.3 per cent, up 0.6 per cent on the 2018 survey.

Of the 13.7 per cent who said they felt unsafe in their local area, the top three concerns were anti-social behaviour (53.3 per cent), drugs and alcohol (40.6 per cent) and speeding cars (53.3 per cent) – the top three concerns as found in last year’s survey also.

Remaining the same as last year, 82.4 per cent of survey respondents have not been a victim of crime over the past 12 months.
Most people across the Island (81.1 per cent) said they felt safe in their area after dark.

Amanda Gregory, chair of the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership said: “These preliminary survey results are positive, in that residents see the Island, on the whole as a safe place to live. The survey results help us to focus our priorities for the coming year and will form a key part of the CSP strategic assessment, which is due out later this year.

“Work will continue to reduce all forms of crime through more effective partnership working and increased community engagement.”
As part of producing a strategic assessment to target priorities for the year, the CSP has a duty to consult with the local community. The survey took place in the spring of this year.

In the past year partners have worked together to tackle crime and disorder and have delivered community engagement events and workshops to tackle anti-social behaviour, violent crime and serious crime; visited Island schools with role models to prevent violent behaviour; carried out a domestic abuse campaign to raise awareness and reporting; supported Hate Crime Awareness Week and set up two third party reporting centres.

There will be a presentation on the survey findings and an opportunity to ask questions at the next public CSP meeting on 3 July , at 5pm in the Riverside Centre, Newport. You can also submit questions in advance to: community.safety@iow.gov.uk