Community safety survey 2022: How can we make Buckinghamshire safer?

Closed 30 Oct 2022

Opened 5 Sep 2022

Overview

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We want to know the community safety concerns where you live or work to help us develop and implement an action plan to reduce crime.

The Safer Buckinghamshire Board is a local Community Safety Partnership that brings together experts from the police, fire service, probation, health and social care services.

The purpose of the Safer Buckinghamshire Board is to develop and implement an action plan to reduce crime, so that Buckinghamshire continues as one the safest places to live, work and do business.

Every year, we carry out a strategic assessment of community safety issues and crime across Buckinghamshire.

As part of this process, we want to find out about local community safety concerns from the past 12 months. What we want to know about:

  • the impact of crime, anti-social behaviour, drug and alcohol issues where you live or work
  • your experience of reporting crimes
  • how safe or unsafe you feel

We want to hear from people living and / or working in Buckinghamshire.

Community safety survey 2021: You said, we did

Your feedback to last year’s community safety survey helped shape the Safer Buckinghamshire Board’s action plan to reduce crime:

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We received 1,041 responses to the survey. The main themes from responses are outlined below.

Top concerns related to crime in 2021:

  • Fraud / scams, including online (69% of respondents thought this was a ‘Very big’ or ‘Fairly big’ concern)
  • Theft of equipment / tools from van (49%)
  • Theft from a motor vehicle (48%)
  • Cyber-crime / cyber-bulling (44%)
  • Criminal damage (43%)
  • Shed / garage burglary (41%)

Top concerns related to anti-social behaviour in 2021:

  • Speeding (77% of respondents thought this was a ‘Very big’ or ‘Fairly big’ concern)
  • Fly tipping / litter (76%)
  • Parking (64%)
  • Dog fouling (51%)
  • Criminal damage / vandalism (43%)

We asked how safe or unsafe respondents felt in their local area at the following times:

  • Outside in the daylight, alone. 92% of respondents felt safe and 8% felt unsafe
  • Outside after dark, alone. 53% of respondents felt safe and 45% felt unsafe. 2% didn’t know
  • When on public transport. 55% of respondents felt safe and 13% felt unsafe. 32% didn’t know

More Information

Your feedback helped shape the Safer Buckinghamshire Board’s action plan to reduce crime and make Buckinghamshire safer.

The Safer Buckinghamshire Plan is a 3 year plan that sets out five priorities and how we will deliver them.

Members of the Safer Buckinghamshire Board have carried out the following actions / projects:

  • Expanded the Street Warden Team to cover Aylesbury town centre. Dealt with over 1,600 incidents in High Wycombe and Aylesbury town centres. This includes shoplifting, begging, emergency first aid and supporting vulnerable people
  • Attended crime prevention events to provide advice and prevention materials. Particularly related to burglary, vehicle crime (including keyless car theft) and scams
  • Raising awareness of scams. Buckinghamshire Council is proud to be accredited as a Friends Against Scams (FAS) Organisation
  • Undertaken Environmental Visual Audits (EVAs) in local areas to identify issues of concern. Working with community members and other partners. Using a holistic approach to help address issues
  • Extended the Hotel Watch Scheme across Buckinghamshire. Over 80 premises given guidance to spot the signs of exploitation
  • Delivered Modern Slavery awareness sessions to over 100 partnership officers
  • Resilient Families Programme provided digital resilience awareness to 155 parents. To help spot and prevent cyber-crime and cyber-bulling
  • Delivered the Blue Light Project. Utilising behaviour change and outreach to help drinkers with complex needs
  • 441 trained Domestic Abuse Champions in organisations across Buckinghamshire
  • Created 3 community hubs to support and work with LGBTQ+, disability and ethnic minority communities. The hubs will deliver projects during National Hate Crime Awareness Week
  • 177 young people at risk of offending engaged with the Youth Offending Service
  • 26 volunteer mentors trained to offer support to young people. As part of Youth Offending Service project

How to report crime and anti-social behaviour

The responses to this survey are anonymous. We cannot identify you or contact you about anything you say in this survey.

If you are affected by crime or anti-social behaviour, please use the following information to report it:

How to have your say

You can tell us your views in one of the following ways:

You can enter in a prize draw to win one of three £100 food shopping vouchers at the end of the survey. Full terms and conditions for entering the prize draw.

If you have any questions about this activity, please email us at communitysafety@buckinghamshire.gov.uk or phone us on 0300 131 6000.

Please tell us your views by midnight on Sunday 30 October 2022.

What happens next

We will carry out a detailed analysis of crime and disorder data from partners across Buckinghamshire. This strategic assessment will help evidence and identify community safety priorities.

Your responses to this survey will help us:

  • Set the Safer Buckinghamshire Partnership priorities to reduce crime from 1 April 2023 to 31 March 2026
  • Produce the Safer Bucks Plan outlining how we will work together to address these priorities

Privacy

We will use the information you provide here only for this activity. We will store the information securely in line with data protection laws and will not share or publish any personal details. For more information about data and privacy, please see our Privacy Policy.

If you have questions about data and privacy, please email us on dataprotection@buckinghamshire.gov.uk. Or write to our Data Protection Officer at Buckinghamshire Council, The Gateway, Gatehouse Road, Aylesbury, HP19 8FF.

Areas

  • All Areas

Interests

  • Communities
  • Crime & community safety