Date Published: 26 July 2019
The Safer Rutland Partnership met recently to jointly agree the policing priorities in the county over the next three months.
Following consultation with local residents at beat surgeries, community events and through an online survey it has been established that the mains areas of concern are;
- Road safety, particularly speeding in villages and anti-social driving in Oakham and Uppingham
- Anti-social behaviour particularly behind the church in Uppingham and on Cutts Close in Oakham and Tod’s Piece in Uppingham
- Theft of motor vehicles
Members of the Safer Rutland Partnership, which includes Rutland County Council, the fire and rescue service, the health service, police and probation, work together to reduce crime and disorder and identify the right agency to tackle current issues.
“As a partnership we meet regularly to discuss local concerns and agree how best to tackle them together. We are always keen to hear from local residents and would urge people to let us know what matters to them which can be done through consultation, the force website or social media. We have a joint plan in place to tackle the current priorities which range from local officers carrying out speed checks to giving out free key pouches funded by the Safer Rutland Partnership to prevent the theft of keyless cars as well as regular patrols in hot spot areas.”
Inspector Siobhan Gorman, commander of the Eastern Counties Neighbourhood Policing Area
The force has just launched a brand new road safety campaign called, 'Share the Road', to reduce the number of traffic collisions and encourage mutual respect among all road users, from ramblers and horse riders to motorists and cyclists. Recently officers have carried out speed checks in Glaston and Cottesmore, Edith Weston and Tinwell and continue to get out into other villages.
Local officers regularly patrol Cutts Close and Tod’s Piece talking to young people who gather in the park about their behaviour and moving them on if necessary and the Uppingham beat team is aware of the issues behind the church in the town, working with young people and their parents to reduce complaints about anti-social behaviour.
A recent increase in the theft of cars, particularly keyless cars, has prompted the partnership to buy a quantity of key pouches which block the signal between the key and the car which can be a security risk. These can be picked up from reception at Rutland County Council on Catmose Street in Oakham.
“Compared to other counties, Rutland’s crime levels remain low. However, we have seen rises in a number of key areas and an increase in crimes being committed by people from outside of the area. It is therefore essential that we work together as a partnership and by that I mean not only through the Safer Rutland Partnership, but also in partnership with our community.“
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Partnership Chair
Community Safety Consultation 2019
The Safer Rutland Partnership’s latest annual Community Safety Consultation was held between March and April 2019.
The survey takes place each year to find out more about the issues that affect and concern local people – helping the Partnership to target its efforts.
The key findings from this year’s survey, which received 208 responses, were as follows:
- 80% of people who took part in the survey said they were concerned about crime, antisocial behaviour and community safety matters in Rutland
- 85% of respondents said they felt safe in the County
- 47% of people who responded felt that crime and antisocial behaviour had increased over the past 12 months. A slightly smaller proportion (39%) felt it was unchanged and had stayed the same
- Only 16% of respondents had been a direct victim of crime or antisocial behaviour over the same 12-month period
- The top three community safety concerns identified by respondents were: Littering and fly tipping (52%), Break-ins and thefts (48%) Drugs or drug-related activity (47%)
- The top three issues which respondents felt the Safer Rutland Partnership should focus on over the next year were: Break-ins and thefts (47%), Drugs or drug-related activity (47%) and antisocial behaviour (38%). In addition, road safety (32%), Littering and fly tipping (32%) and Scams and fraud (25%) also scored highly.
- The majority of respondents (37%) said were satisfied with the way that crime, antisocial behaviour and community safety issues are dealt with in their area
“Our annual consultation plays an important role in helping us to develop and plan community safety activity. It’s encouraging that the vast majority people who took part in this year’s survey feel safe in Rutland, and that direct experiences of crime and antisocial behaviour are low. That said, we recognise the very real concerns that our residents have about crime and community safety. Thanks to the feedback we’ve received, we are already in the process of launching a Safer Villages scheme that will help rural communities to stop break-ins, thefts, antisocial behaviour and fraud. In the coming months, we’ll also be working to increase awareness of community safety throughout the county and encouraging more people to work with us to help develop our future plans and priorities.”
Councillor Alan Walters, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Chairman of the Safer Rutland Partnership
For more information about the Safer Rutland Partnership or this year’s annual Community Safety Consultation, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.