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Most people feel safe

Most people feel safe

Over the past 3 years or so we’ve had excellent results in relation to people’s feelings of safety in their neighbourhoods through our surveys. In fact, in the most recent Citizen 2000 survey 97% said they feel safe in their neighbourhoods.

Using this as a starting point, the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership wants to promote the work of the partnership further. A poster campaign will be supported by press releases, radio interviews and newspaper and radio adverts.

Tameside Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership

The Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership in Tameside works hard to improve levels of crime, antisocial behaviour, drug and alcohol misuse and reoffending. Agencies such as the Police, Fire & Rescue Service, Council, Probation and Health agencies know that far more can be achieved by working together than by working alone.

A quick look at the statistics alone is evidence of the success of working in this way. Over the 5-year period 2003-2008, we've seen sustained reductions in crime:

  • Burglary has fallen by 43% (1595 fewer victims)
  • Criminal damage fell by 12% (663 fewer incidents)
  • Woundings (assaults) fell by 45% (1706 fewer victims)
  • Arson reduced by 27% (69 fewer incidents)
  • Vehicle crime went down by 36% (1431 fewer victims)

Most people feel safe is part of the wider Most People campaign.

What the CDRP does

The Crime & Disorder Reduction Partnership is the group responsible for numerous schemes in the Borough aimed at keeping people safe from the risk of crime. Some of these initiatives include:

  • Alleygating: This is a scheme that gates the end of alleyways behind houses to reduce the risk of burglary and anti-social behaviour to local residents. Added benefits to the scheme have been residents’ using the gated areas as communal gardens for children to play safely and community events.

  • CCTV: The Borough has over 100 CCTV cameras (132) located around Tameside. The scheme will soon include a number of audio cameras which will have a selection of pre recorded messages that can be heard by the public if necessary, warning them they can be seen on camera

  • The Tameside Safe & Healthy bus: This will be based in Stalybridge town centre on a Fri and Sat night and will be staffed by the volunteers, British Red Cross and Police with the aim of providing a safe place for people to go for assistance if required

  • Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs): These are orders that we use when a person’s continued anti-social behaviour has such an continuing through court sanctions. We operate a staged approach to tackling anti affect on communities Partners feel the best solution is to stop this behaviour -social behaviour which includes letters and meetings with individuals (and their parents if necessary) to try and prevent poor behaviour escalating and in the vast majority of cases this is enough to stop further anti-social behaviour

  • Support for victims of crime: We work very closely with Partners in Victim & Witness Support to make sure people suffering crime and anti-social behaviour feel they are supported and not left alone to suffer in silence. In some cases, such as with Domestic Violence, we have developed schemes to help keep people safe in their homes with additional security and support from local agencies.

  • Fire Reduction Initiatives: The CDRP has funded bikes and equipment to enable a team of officers from Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service to easily patrol areas of the Borough identified as being potentially at risk of arson such as the local moorland. The Fire Service and Patrollers also team-up to minimise the risk of household fires through Home Fire Risk Assessments. As a result of these initiatives, Tameside has one of the best records for number of fires in the whole of Greater Manchester.

Neighbourhood Policing

The CDRP worked together to implement Neighbourhood Policing back in 2006 and the model has gone from strength to strength.

The model consists of a dedicated Community Beat Officer (PC) in each ward working with local volunteers, Tameside Patrollers and elected members. By working in this way, we now have one ‘team’ working together to provide a unified, uniformed presence on our streets.

We currently have over 20 Police Constables and over 45 Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) working along side over 40 Patrollers – all of which are specifically dedicated to each ward in the Borough.

Key to the Neighbourhood Policing model is a bottom-up approach to prioritising local issues. PACT meetings (Partners And Communities Together) are held monthly across the Borough and are used by identified community representatives, and representatives from partner agencies such as Tameside Patrollers and Registered Social Landlords, residents’ associations and local Councillors to discuss community safety issues and agree solutions.

For more information, see the Tameside Crime and Disorder page.