Tameside Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership
Tameside's "Very Good" Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership - It's Official
- How do we know if we're performing well?
- What do the Statistics Say?
- So what are we doing to maintain this good performance?
- Burglary Reduction
- Anti-Social Behaviour
- Work with Offenders
Like every other such partnership, Tameside CDRP is set specific targets to reduce crime by the Government. The target that Tameside has is to reduce British Crime Survey (BCS) Crimes by 21% over the period April 2003 to March 2008. BCS crimes are those crimes that cause the greatest amount of harm to local communities and include, for example, domestic burglary, car crime, criminal damage and violent crime.
This target is monitored monthly so that we know how well we're performing and the regional arm of the Home Office (within Government Office North West) rates our performance as "Poor", "Fair", "Good" or "Very Good".
With only 18 months left until the end of this target, Tameside is currently one of only two CDRPs in Greater Manchester with a rating of "Very Good".
So what are the crime rates like in Tameside at the moment? Comparing April to September 2006 with the same period last year, we have seen the following reductions in crime:
- BCS Crime (those crimes that cause the most amount of harm to communities) is down by 11.2% (927 fewer crimes)
And the picture is even better when we compare where we are now to when our targets began. So, comparing April to September 2006 to the same period three years ago, we have seen the following reductions in crime:
- BCS Crime is down by 22.5% (2,125 fewer crimes)
The following table shows how we're doing in individual crime areas over the period April-September:
|Offence||Comparing 2006 to 2005||Comparing 2006 to 2003|
|% Change||Different in Number of Crimes||% Change||Difference in Number of Crimes|
|Burglary dwelling||-23.7%||222 fewer||-62.4%||1185 fewer|
|Theft of vehicles||-32.3%||229 fewer||-42.6%||355 fewer|
|Theft from vehicles||-31.8%||355 fewer||-26.5%||275 fewer|
|Vehicle interference||-35.4%||81 fewer||-53.3%||169 fewer|
|Theft from the person||-3.2%||4 fewer||-42.9%||90 fewer|
|Theft of a pedal cycle||-21.2%||38 fewer||-22.1%||40 fewer|
|Criminal damage||-1.6%||45 fewer||1.9%||50 more|
|Woundings||-6.2%||91 fewer||-8.6%||129 fewer|
Tackling crime and the causes of crimes is a key priority for Tameside Council and there are many projects in place that involve working with numerous agencies to keep our Borough one of the safest in Greater Manchester. The following information outlines just some of these initiatives.
When we ask residents what crimes they are worried about, more people say that they are worried about having their homes broken into than any other crime. For this reason, we continue to invest in burglary reduction initiatives despite the large reductions in actual number of crimes. Some of the activates involved in burglary reduction are outlined below:
The Alleygating scheme has been running now for six years and so far around 250 gates have been put up benefiting over 3,700 Tameside households. The scheme is simple: the erection of steel, self locking gates to the ends of alley-ways and passages that are the responsibility of the homeowners who live around them. The gates make it far more difficult for burglars to access the rears of ‘alley-gated' properties. Other benefits include reduced opportunities for youths to cause annoyance, safer play areas for children and improved community spirit giving a sense of ownership of the alleys.
Distraction Burglary and Bogus Callers
Thankfully, these offences do not occur very often however, when they do the effects can be devastating. They are crimes that betray the trust of sometimes very vulnerable people and can involve people gaining access to homes by pretending to be, for example, the gas man or ‘cowboy' companies charging excessive amounts for minor DIY jobs.
This project involves joint work the Council's Community Safety Unit and Tameside Trading Standards, Police , Homewatch and Age UK Tameside . It includes talks to community groups, public information in the press and help specifically to 300 pre-selected residents in distraction burglary hotspots. It also involves supplying and fitting additional security specifically designed to prevent people gaining access to homes where the resident is over the age of 65, people with disabilities or those people recognised as being vulnerable to these offences. Along with the supply of additional security, training is given to residents about how to use the devises and tips on how to empower them not to let people they don't know into their homes.
Area Based Projects
Where analysis tells us we have emerging problems with burglaries, the CDRP carries out multi-agency projects to ‘nip' the problem ‘in the bud'. In the past we've carried out work to target burglaries caused by insecure homes - a particular issue over the summer months. This has involved joint work with the Police , Fire Service , Homewatch and the Community Safety Unit to provide advice and additional security to local residents to reduce the risk of becoming a victim of burglary.
For more information about these initiatives go to the Community Safety Unit website. Fore more general advice about how to help yourself and general information about all crime types visit http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/crime/ .
Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) in all its forms is a key priority for the people of Tameside. Over recent months, the team that deals specifically with ASB has grown so that more intervention can take place not only with those people causing the most amount of disorder in our local communities, but also those causing lower level nuisance in order that poor behaviour is tackled early on.
A lot of anti-social behaviour is the result of excessive drinking and it is for this reason that the Anti-Social Behaviour Team works closely not just with enforcement agencies like the Police and Tameside Trading Standards, but also with services aimed at supporting young people and their families where alcohol has been recognised as a problem. Visit substance misuse services for young people for more information.
Some of the interventions that are used to tackle ASB are outlined below:
Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs)
ASBOs are designed to prevent behaviour that causes alarm, distress or harassment to others. Although the order comes under civil law, breaches are a criminal offence and can result in a custodial sentence. Maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment for an adult or a 2-year Detention and Training Order for juveniles, 12 months of which is custodial. They are also what's called prohibitive orders - this means that they can only list what a person is not allowed to do not what they must do. They're also community-based orders and involve local people in the collection of evidence and in helping to take action against those who have breached Orders.
- Be made against anyone over the age of 10 years.
- Be effective for a minimum of 2 years.
- Contain conditions prohibiting the offender from specific anti-social acts or entering defined areas.
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs)
Unlike ASBOs, ABCs are not legally binding orders. An ABC is a voluntary written agreement between a young person, usually aged between 10 and 18, and the local authority and police. Under the ABC, the young person agrees not to carry out certain specified anti-social acts.
The terms of the ABC are developed and agreed with the young person in an interview. They then sign the contract in the presence of their parents or guardian, a representative of the local authority and a local police officer. The contract normally lasts for six months. It is not legally binding but, if breached, can be used as evidence if enforcement action needs to be taken through the courts.
ABCs aim to ensure that young people who behave anti-socially take responsibility for their actions and improve their behaviour. They are made aware of their impact on other peoples' lives and warned of the possible consequences to them and their family, should their anti-social behaviour continue. Our first priority is to stop the bad behaviour. During the ABC interview, we may be able to offer diversion projects, for example through local youth clubs, mentoring or counselling. We want to steer young people away from causing problems and towards a better lifestyle.
Disputes between people can often get out of hand and escalate to the point whereby the police are called and court action may be taken. Mediation is a step-by-step process in which an independent third party helps people reach acceptable solutions by encouraging parties to move away from blaming one another and by concentrating on practical, realistic solutions for the future.
Tameside Mediates is a project run by Victim Support and supported by the CDRP. Cases are referred to the project by the Anti-Social Behaviour Team with the consent of all parties involved. The project is free and confidential and the Mediators are specifically trained in resolving disputes.
For more information contact Tameside Victim Support on 0161 343 7813 (Monday - Friday: 9.00am - 5.00pm).
In order that victims and witnesses are supported to report incidents of anti-social behaviour the Anti-Social Behaviour Team works closely with Tameside Victim Support.
For more information about how to report Anti-Social Behaviour, and some useful telephone numbers please take a look at the 'Are You Suffering because of Anti-Social Behaviour' leaflet:
For more information about the types of anti-social behaviour tackled by this team, visit the Community Safety Unit website. For more information about how the Government plans to tackle anti-social behaviour go to Tackling anti-social behaviour on GOV.UK .
The offences that make up the bulk of violent crime in Tameside are those highly visible offences associated with the night time economy that occur in the street or within licensed premises. However, there are also those offences that may often go un-seen and un-reported and occur between people in a relationship or even between family members.
Tackling both types of violent crime is very complex and involves interventions with many agencies including:
- Greater Manchester Police
- Tameside Women's Project
- Tameside Licensing Service
- Services for Children and Young People
- Registered Social Landlords
- Youth Offending Team
- Branching Out (substance misuse service for young people)
The information below outlines some of the activities taken to tackle violent crime in Tameside:
Night Time Disorder
Safer Tameside Against Night-time Disorder (STAND) is a multi-agency project that incorporates both safer drinking messages and enforcement aimed at those people intent on causing disorder in our town centres at night.
Working with local Licensees, Tameside CDRP will be launching the STAND project in early December. Examples of the kinds of activity that will come under STAND include:
- Posters and beer-mats reminding people about the penalties of excessive drinking and where to access support
- Taxi cards to be handed out in local licensed venues and colleges giving advice about how to get home safely after a night out
- Additional police in our town centres over weekends taking a zero-tolerance stance against night-time disorder.
- Weekly reviews of weekend CCTV footage with staff from Tameside Council and the Police. Footage will be used as evidence when taking out Exclusion Orders and other Civil action banning those people from our town centres engaging in violence and disorder, even if they were not arrested at the time of the offence
The definition of Domestic Violence that Tameside uses is:
"Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between people who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless of gender or sexuality"
- One women in four reports experiencing Domestic Violence at some time in her life
- The Home Office has concluded that approximately every three days one woman dies as a result of Domestic Violence
- Domestic Violence includes all kinds of physical, sexual, emotional and financial abuse between people who are or have been partners, whether or not married and whether or not living together. This includes same sex relationships
- People experience domestic violence regardless of their social group, class, age, race, disability, sexuality and lifestyle. It can happen in the home, or in a public setting.
- It can happen at any time during a relationship, including after a couple have separated. Pregnancy and the birth of a baby is often a trigger for abuse.
Tameside Domestic Violence Forum is a multi-agency partnership of professionals whose core function is to support the victims of Domestic Violence and ensure those who are responsible for this abuse are brought to account. Throughout Tameside you can find advice, help and support for all forms of domestic abuse no matter your age, gender, ethnicity or sexuality.
If you are in an abusive relationship there is help available.
- In a emergency contact 999
- Women's Aid National Help Line: 0808 2000 247
- Tameside Women's Project Help Line: 0800 328 0967
It is a well-known fact that there is a disproportionate amount of crime committed by a small amount of people. These people are called Prolific Offenders and often offend to fund a drug habit. In Tameside, we have been at the forefront of tackling these offenders for a number of years now - in fact our prolific offenders project was used as a blueprint for other CDRPs across the country.
The Drugs Intervention Project (DIP)
When people, for whatever reason, become dependent on drugs, they often get caught up in crime too. Over 50% of people arrested for crimes such as burglary and car theft use heroin, cocaine or crack. People who commit crimes related to their drug misuse have a greater chance of building an alternative lifestyle if they receive suitable support and treatment at the earliest opportunity.
Evidence shows that treatment works - not just residential treatment or methadone prescribing but also a wide range of less intensive alternatives like counselling and support with housing, employment and relationship matters. The DIP offers drug treatment and other services to offenders who commit crime to supply their own drug use. Offenders are contacted in police custody cells, courtrooms, probation offices, or return from prison and offered an opportunity of a way out of the cycle of drugs and crime.
For more information about Tameside Drug and Alcohol Action Team - the team that oversees the work of the DIP. You can find out more about the Government's policy on reducing drugs misuse and dependence on GOV.UK
If you would like to talk to anyone about drugs or alcohol, for yourself, a family member or a friend, there are many different services you can go to. All agencies will treat you with respect and all calls will remain confidential.
One of the most difficult things for the CDRP to tackle is fear of crime. Despite the undisputable fact that crime is falling Tameside, some people still believe that crime is on the up. We've talked to residents about this and why they feel this way. People have told us that apart from getting their information from friends and family, their views are influenced by what the national and local press tells them despite the fact that people don't always believe what they read!
So how do we work to improve perceptions? We try to let people know as much as possible what we're doing to tackle crime in our local press but we also know that visible interventions help:
CCTV remains one of the most popular tools for tackling crime and disorder with local residents. For this reason, the Authority continues to invest in state of the art equipment and a 24-hour monitoring station.
Last year, over 700 arrests were made as a result of CCTV footage ranging from shoplifting to assaults, from drink driving to breaches of ASBOs. Operators have also helped find missing persons and reported fires - most noticeably the fire at Ashton Market in 2005.
This year, Tameside has erected over 50 new cameras within local communities to help tackle neighbourhood problems such as youths causing annoyance and criminal damage.
Hopefully the information above has given you an idea of the kinds work that Tameside CDRP is involved in but there is much, much more beyond this.