Identifying Local Community Safety Priorities.
Hello – John Hosie here – Community Safety Engager. Welcome to my new weekly blog on Community Safety. Hopefully you’ve received our flyer that should have come through your door in recent days. This is what it looks like:
I launched a consultation recently in order to get your input on the latest Community Safety issues that you are facing. Currently the most significant community safety themes are: Anti social behaviour, Substance misuse, Traffic/roads & Crime and disorder. This is very early into the consultation process and the survey in particular is concerned with gathering some baseline data and looking at broader themes and trends. There are indicators of the more specific issues which will need to be looked at in greater detail and will be further explored through Focus Groups and Workshops. These issues, in no particular order, may include: Littering, fly tipping & rubbish, an array of concerns related to substance misuse, speeding vehicles at particular locations in the community, theft from sheds/garages especially bike theft and a general desire to access support, information and advice about community safety issues through a web based resource.
Key Messages from Stakeholders:
- We need to encourage local people to take more pride in their area
- There seems to be a reluctance to travel out of your neighbourhood to access services, activities and facilities.
- There are issues around violence which are often associated with incapacitation and drugs
- There are strong positive neighbourhood identities
- There are well established and well used facilities and community groups, Our Place Camelon & Tamfourhill has had a positive and effective impact upon the local communities.
- There are open spaces which could be improved and better used for leisure, learning & recreation.
Interesting Data from the Survey Responses so far:
- Only 6 people under 24 years old have completed a survey
- 73% of respondents are female
- 67% of respondents would like to be either kept informed or be further involved with the local Community Safety Strategy.
You can view a summary of the current survey data here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/stories/SM-DGDS9QRD/
Finally from me for now, here’s a video from Road Safety Scotland with a stark reminder of the dangers of speed. But before you watch that, remember if you want to contact me direct, I would love to hear from you. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07391 524528.