Have your say in Chichester district’s crime-fighting priorities survey

PEOPLE throughout the district are being asked for their views on local crime and disorder issues.

The Chichester District Community Safety Partnership (CSP) has launched a questionnaire on what its new priorities should be for 2011-13.

This will run until Friday, December 23, and is available on the district council’s website.

Paper copies can be requested by calling 01243 534860.

The consultation asks residents which priority is most important to them. Priorities include:

Tackling anti-social behaviour, in particular, repeat and vulnerable victims and places

Delivering a range of early interventions to support families at risk of causing harm to their communities, and helping to tackle the barriers to reducing reoffending

Responding quickly and positively to predicted and emerging crime trends

Increasing public reassurance and confidence, and addressing negative perceptions of safety.

Cllr Janet Duncton, council cabinet member for housing and planning, which covers community safety, said the CSP’s 2008-11 plan helped it to achieve priorities and targets through various initiatives.

“These included Operation Castle, which helped tackle vehicle crime, and Operation Fender, which made sure everyone had a fun and safe Halloween and Bonfire night,” she explained.

“It also included some very popular and successful personal development days for young people, and supporting various services for domestic abuse victims.”

Key achievements included:

Ten per cent total crime reduction

Violence against people in a public place decreasing by 17 per cent

Home burglaries reducing by 38

“The questionnaire should only take a couple of minutes to complete and will help shape the way the partnership works and prioritises crime and disorder in different areas,” said a spokesperson.