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Crime and Disorder Strategic Assessment Public Consultation Results Report

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Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership Public Consultation

Sample Size: 97 respondents

The Public Consultation took place between November 2016 and February 2017.

The key findings from the Public Consultation are detailed below. Comparisons have been made with the last two public consultations in order to identify if there has been any significant change in public perception.

603 questionnaires were distributed to Council Councillors and Town and Community Councils, Members of the Public, Partners, other Organisations and Local Businesses throughout the County. A total of 64 responses were received, this equates to a 10.6% response rate. In terms of responses, this is a 0.5% increase in comparison to last year’s consultation.

In addition, questionnaires were also distributed at various events and locations. These events provided an additional return of 33 questionnaires.

The response rates were higher for those who were mostly associated with Cardigan (46.4%), Aberystwyth (27.8%), and Aberaeron (9.3%). Accumulatively, 83.5% of the respondents were mostly associated with these three towns.

When the respondents were asked which issues they felt were still of concern, the responses were as follows:

Issue​ No. of respondents who feel issues are still of concern​ % of respondents who feel issues are still of concern​
​Anti-Social Behaviour* ​59 ​60.8%
Need for Police Presence / Town and Rural​ ​56 ​57.7%
​Substance Misuse (Drugs) ​57 ​58.8%
Substance Misuse (Alcohol)​ ​45 ​46.4%
​Road Safety ​47 ​48.5%
​Youth Offending ​24 ​24.7%
​Public Order ​17 ​17.5%
​Violent Crime* ​25 ​25.8%
​Street Lighting ​32 ​33.0%
Vehicle Crime​ ​19 ​19.6%
​Burglary ​16 ​16.5%
​Public Engagement / Media Influence ​11 ​11.3%

* Anti-Social Behaviour including Vandalism and Criminal Damage
* Violent Crime including Domestic Violence, Racial / Homophobic Crime

In summary, the majority of respondents feel that “Anti-Social Behaviour”, “Substance Misuse (Drugs)”, and “Need for Police Presence / Town and Rural” are still issues of concern. Just under half of respondents felt that Road Safety and Substance Misuse (Alcohol) are still an issue. This compares favourably to the previous 2 consultations. During the 2015-16 and 2016-17 consultation, the majority of respondents felt that Anti-Social Behaviour, the need for Police Presence / Town and Rural and Substance Misuse (Drugs) were still issues of concern.

Respondents were then asked to indicate those issues which they felt they would like to tackle as a priority and to rate them as regard to high / medium / low priorities. The findings in the table below are based on ‘what the majority felt’.

​High ​Medium ​Low
Need for visible Police presence (Town and Rural)​
Anti-Social Behaviour*
Road Safety
Substance Misuse (Drugs)
Substance Misuse (Alcohol)

​Youth Offending
Violent Crime*
Burglary
Vehicle Crime
Street Lighting
Public Engagement / Media Influence
Public Order
Substance Misuse (Alcohol)

* Anti-Social Behaviour including Vandalism and Criminal Damage
* Violent Crime including Domestic Violence, Racial / Homophobic Crime

In relation to Substance Misuse (Alcohol) an equal number of respondents indicated that they felt this issue is of both high and low/did not rate priority.

Compared with the issues that were rated as high priority in previous consultations, the issues have remained categorised the same with the addition of Substance Misuse (Alcohol) also being a High and Low/Did not rate priority. Youth Offending has also changed from Medium to Low priority.

Questions 5 and 6 of the questionnaire aimed to identify which issues the respondents felt had improved or got worse over the last 12 months.

​% of Respondents ​ ​
​Issue ​Improved ​Stayed the same ​Worsened
​Anti-Social Behaviour* ​16.5% ​49.5% ​34.0%
​Need for Police Presence / Town and Rural ​19.6% 51.5%​ ​28.9%
​Substance Misuse (Drugs) ​6.2% ​54.6% ​39.2%
​Substance Misuse (Alcohol) ​9.3% ​67.0% ​23.7%
​Road Safety ​13.4% ​62.9% 23.7%
​Youth Offending ​13.4% ​72.2% ​14.4%
​Public Order ​13.4% ​80.4% ​6.2%
​Violent Crime* ​7.2% ​75.3% ​17.5%
​Street Lighting ​6.2% ​79.4% ​14.4%
​Vehicle Crime ​8.3% ​87.6% 4.1%
​Burglary ​8.3% ​81.4% ​10.3%
​Public Engagement / Media Influence ​6.2% ​87.6% ​6.2%

*Anti-Social Behaviour including Vandalism and Criminal Damage
*Violent Crime including Domestic Violence, Racial / Homophobic Crime

In summary, the majority of respondents feel that each issue of concern has neither improved nor got worse over the past 12 months.

Overall, over half of the respondents feel that the crime rate over the last 12 months has remained about the same (54.6% - 53 out of 95 respondents). 8.3% (8 respondents) feel that there is a little less crime, 26.8% (26 respondents) feel there is a little more crime. 6.2% (6 respondents) feel that there is a lot more crime and 2.1% (2 respondents) feel that there was a lot less crime.

Further analysis of the responses revealed that the majority of respondents mostly associated with Cardigan, Lampeter, Aberaeron, Llandysul and Aberystwyth feel that crime rates have remained about the same in their area. An equal number of respondents in Tregaron felt that there was a little more crime, a little less crime and about the same.

33 respondents identified new issues that they felt were currently of concern. A summary of these issues are detailed below.

​Town ​Issue
Aberystwyth​
  • ​Hate Crimes
  • Parking Issues
  • Road Safety
  • Vandalism & Graffiti
  • Drug Misuse
  • Theft
  • Fly Tipping
  • Visibility of Police
  • Domestic Abuse
  • ASB / Noise Pollution
​Aberaeron
  • ​New Psychoactive Substances
  • Road Safety
  • ASB
  • Telephone Scams
​Cardigan
  • ​Cyber Crime
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Road Safety
  • Telephone Hoax Crime
  • Petty Crime
  • Dog Fouling
  • Vandalism
  • Street Lighting
  • Drug Misuse
  • Alcohol Misuse
  • Bad Language
​Tregaron
  • ​Road Safety
​Lampeter
  • ​Road Safety
​Llandysul
  • ​Road Safety
  • ASB

The majority of respondents agreed that alcohol abuse and drug misuse are major problems in relation to crime in Ceredigion, with response rates of 57.7% and 67.0% respectively. In addition to this, 94.8% of the respondents support efforts to prevent alcohol abuse and educate people of the dangers associated with it. 91.7% support the same efforts in relation to drug abuse.

Overall, 45.4% of respondents stated that they had heard about the work of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership, with 45.1% indicating that they hadn’t. A further 6 individuals did not respond to this question.

Further analysis of the results for each areas show that the majority of persons in the Aberaeron, Aberystwyth, Llandysul and Tregaron area had heard of the work of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership. For those associated with Cardigan and Lampeter, the majority had not heard of the Ceredigion Community Safety Partnership.

43.4% of the respondents indicated that they have heard about the work of the Partnerships and Communities Together (PACT) meetings in their area, 56.6% have not heard about PACT meetings. A further 6 individuals did not complete this question.

Further analysis of the results for each areas show that the majority of persons in the Tregaron and Lampeter area had heard of the work of PACT meetings. For those associated with Aberystwyth, Aberaeron, Llandysul and Cardigan areas, the majority had not heard of PACT meetings.

Questionnaire