Have your say on local community safety priorities

Published: 5 December 2023

A police car. Photo: Getty Images

Residents are being asked to complete a short survey about their feelings around community safety on the Island.

The online study has been launched today (Tuesday 5 December) by the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and seeks views from everyone living and working on the Island.

It can be completed online before Friday 12 January.

Colin Rowlands, the council's director of communities, said: “I would urge Islanders to have their say and let us know the issues that are most important to them.

“A major plus for the Island is our safe and strong communities, and research does bear out the Isle of Wight is one of the safest places to live in the UK.

"However, the council and its partners are keen to make it even safer and we need help in understanding where we should focus our strategy so please ask family, friends and neighbours to fill it in.”

The Isle of Wight CSP brings together several organisations working together to tackle, prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and the survey results will be used to help to focus the CSP’s strategy for the coming year.

People living and working on the Island can get involved in the CSP in a number of ways.

This ranges from completing the survey to volunteering their time for one of the agencies in the partnership such as joining the Special Constabulary or becoming part of our Independent Advisory Group (IAG). There’s information about these opportunities on the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary website.

Superintendent Rob Mitchell, the Area Commander for policing on the Isle of Wight, said: “Our constabulary is going through a period of change to deliver a more effective area based policing model.

"This means a renewed drive to deliver excellent local policing, an even better service to victims and a relentless pursuit of criminals. To do this we need to ensure that we are listening and responding to local community concerns

“My teams set monthly priorities for policing on the Island and the survey will help to guide our work and that of our partner organisations."