What is community safety?
The Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, which came into effect on 20 October 2014, requires statutory agencies such as your local council, Social Landlords and Staffordshire Police, to work together to tackle anti-social behaviour.
Community safety offers a wider approach to tackling crime and disorder by encompassing not just criminal activities but also taking account of social and environmental influences. As well as traditional crime prevention and reduction activities, community safety includes addressing quality of life issues which are not necessarily criminal.
The new legislation is designed to put victims at the heart of the response to anti-social behaviour and give professionals the flexibility they need to deal with any given situation.
The current local community safety priorities as detailed in the our community safety delivery plan:
Increase feelings of safety
Local people have told us that low levels of crime are considered to be a very important factor in making somewhere a good place to live. Despite reductions in the levels of crime and disorder across the district there has been little or no change in perception of these issues.
Support vulnerable members of the community
Vulnerability takes many forms with different people being susceptible to different types of issues. Activities could include positive support for older residents, victims and families of domestic abuse, those at risk of social isolation and those who are victims of crime.
Target high crime areas including businesses
One of the Partnership priorities is to continue to target high crime areas and also to understand the underlying causes of location specific issues, particularly in areas where overall rates of crime and disorder are comparatively low.
Reduce the impact of the misuse of alcohol and other substances
Tackling alcohol misuse in particular has been identified as a priority as its effects are damaging, far reaching and link into many community safety issues including violent crime and domestic abuse.
Maximise impact of ‘building resilient families and communities’ (BRFC)
To identify families that may be included as part of the BRFC to maximum the use of the local knowledge to obtain successful outcomes resulting from early intervention and prevention.
To reduce re-offending by breaking the destructive cycle of behaviour that is recognised as fundamental to reducing crime and improving feelings of safety.