09 Apr 2018

Have your say in community safety survey

Island residents are being asked to complete a short survey about their thoughts on local crime priorities for the Island.

The online survey has been launched today (Monday 9 April) by the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and seeks views from everyone living and working on the Island.
To complete the survey, please follow this link: 
The survey ends at 5pm on Friday 18 May 2018.

The survey will help decide the work of the partnership, which is made up of partners including the council and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, Hampshire Constabulary, National Probation Trust, Hampshire Community Rehabilitation Company and the Isle of Wight Clinical Commissioning Group.

On Wednesday 18 April there will also be a public drop-in event at Downside Community Centre (with Isobel Café), The Furrlongs, Pan, Newport from 1.30pm to 4pm. Local partners will be available to talk to throughout the day, including the police, Sovereign Housing Association, Isle of Wight Council community safety and local area co-ordinators and other local partners; to answer questions and discuss the local crime priorities for the Island.

“I want to make sure that Islanders are aware of the survey and give the opportunity to the public to flag up issues that are of concern to them in their local communities and highlight where the CSP can focus its strategy over the coming year," said Councillor Gary Peace, Cabinet member for community safety and public protection.  

“The Island is one of the safest places to live in the UK but the partnership is keen to make it even safer. We hope to get as many responses to the survey as possible so please ask all your family and friends to fill it in.”

Amanda Gregory, chair of the CSP, said: “The Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership brings together several organisations working together to tackle, prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour. This is an opportunity for Island residents to get involved and let us know their thoughts about what our priorities should be for the coming year.”

Superintendent Sarah Jackson, Isle of Wight district commander, said: “The Isle of Wight remains a safe place for people to live and work, but there are always opportunities to make improvements to services by working together.

“Part of that process is getting an accurate picture from residents about what is important to them and to understand their concerns. This will help to set the priorities for the community safety partnership for the year ahead to ensure we all deliver what the community on the Island needs and wants.

“Please do take a few minutes to take part in the survey as it will benefit everyone living, working, or visiting the Island."

In 2017, the CSP priorities included: reducing reoffending, violent crime, alcohol and drug related crime; anti-social behaviour; domestic abuse and sexual violence; supporting the government’s counter terrorism strategy and reducing acquisitive crime, which reflected the views of last year’s community safety survey.

Last year’s survey found that 40 per cent of respondents said they had been a victim of a crime but not reported it. As a result of this, a third party reporting centre has been set up at the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and awareness raising of how to report crime taken place within the community and improved online resources to help with this.

The Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership brings together key organisations to work alongside each other to tackle, prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour on the Island.

For more information please visit: https://www.iwight.com/Council/OtherServices/Community-Safety-Services/Isle-of-Wight-Community-Safety-Partnership

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The survey is asking for your thoughts on local crime priorities
The survey is asking for your thoughts on local crime priorities
  • The survey will help decide the work of the Community Safety Partnership for the coming year.
  • The deadline for survey responses is 5pm on Friday 18 May.
Isle of Wight, UK