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Mendip Council residents express confidence in crime reduction

Mendip Council : 05 January, 2010  (Company News)
A recent survey in the Somerset council of Mendip showed that residents are now feeling considerably more comfortable as a result of efforts on reducing crime in the area
Mendip Council residents express confidence in crime reduction
A survey of nearly 1,500 Mendip residents of varying ages shows that 95 per cent of those felt very or fairly safe in Mendip during the day and that 66 per cent felt that way after dark.

These figures put Mendip above the average for Somerset and well above the average for England which stands at 51 per cent after dark and at 88 per cent during the day.

The survey also shows encouraging signs that Mendip District Council is working well with its partners to tackle local problems and anti-social behaviour.

Far fewer people than three years ago, when the last survey took place, think there are significant problems with teenagers hanging around the streets or people using drugs.

This survey also shows that since 2006 less people feel that the following issues are a very/fairly big problem: (figures in brackets show the difference between now and the last survey):

* Teenagers hanging around the streets: 34% 55% (-21)
* Rubbish/litter lying around: 29% 43% (-14)
* People using/dealing drugs: 27% 49% (-22)
* Vandalism, graffiti, damage to property: 26% 36% (-10)
* Drunkenness/rowdiness: 25% 37% (-12)
* Noisy neighbours/loud parties: 10% 15% (-5)
* Abandoned/burnt out cars: 4% 10% (-6)

Encouraging for the district council and its partners is that the majority of Mendip residents who took part in the survey considered the level of crime to be the most important factor in making somewhere a good place to live.

Therefore the decrease in residents' concerns about crimes suggests that the work the council is doing, including through the Mendip and South Somerset Community Safety Partnership, is good news for local people.

Cllr Nigel Hewitt-Cooper, who is the council's portfolio holder for neighbourhood services, which includes community safety, said: "These figures demonstrate the positive effects that the council and its partners are having on the public's perception of crime in the Mendip and South Somerset areas.

"Although crime levels in Mendip are low, it's a common problem that the fear of crime can often be higher. However, these latest statistics show that the decrease in people's concerns that various crimes and anti-social behaviour are big problems means Mendip is bucking this trend, and is heading in the right direction.

"Working with our partners, the council continues to make good progress in keeping crime levels low, but we are going even further by reducing the public's fear of crime which can only be good for the local area in terms of improving the quality of life and making Mendip a better place to live, work and visit."

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