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CRIME AND DISORDER AUDIT DISTRICT OF NORTH KESTEVEN December 2001 Prepared for North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership by Neil Atkinson and Inspector Mick Start 0 CONTENTS PAGE Foreword 2 1 Introduction to the Partnership 3 2 Population 4 3 Crime 5 a) all crime b) violent crime c) burglary d) vehicle crime e) criminal damage 4 Drugs 12 5 Domestic violence 13 6 Disorder 13 7 Road safety 16 8 Cost of crime 17 9 Best Value – Family group comparisons 20 10 Public opinion polls 22 11 Offender profiles 33 12 Housing 35 13 Education and Employment 35 14 National index of deprivation 36 15 Beat profiles 37 16 Conclusion 39 17 References (source documents are identified by the title and date in 41 brackets and referenced fully in this section) 18 Index of appendices 41 1 19 Glossary (lookout for the superscript numbers: eg.Crime Concern 41 which refers to an explanation of Crime Concern, in this example, in the Glossary). 1 Foreword by Chief Superintendent Fiona Barber, The Partnership Chair The purpose of this audit report is to share with you the issues raised by the statistics from the police and other partner agencies and the issues people raised through a survey of people’s perceptions and experiences of crime, which was conducted in the early part of this summer. We now want to know what you think. • Are the issues raised a ...
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 CRIME AND DISORDER AUDIT  DISTRICT OF NORTH KESTEVEN   December 2001                       
 
 Prepared for North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership by Neil Atkinson and Inspector Mick Start
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CONTENTS     Foreword 1 Introduction to the Partnership 2 Population 3 Crime a) all crime b) violent crime c) burglary d) vehicle crime e) criminal damage 4 Drugs 12 5 Domestic violence 13 6 Disorder 13 7 Road safety 16 8 Cost of crime 17 9 Best Value – Family group comparisons 20 10 Public opinion polls 22 11 Offender profiles 33 12 Housing 35 13 Education and Employment 35 14 National index of deprivation 36 15 Beat profiles 37 16 Conclusion 39 17 References (source documents are identified by the title and date in 41 brackets and referenced fully in this section) 18 Index of appendices 41 19 Glossary (lookout for the superscript numbers: eg.Crime Concern1 41 which refers to an explanation of Crime Concern, in this example, in the Glossary).           
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 The purpose of this audit report is to share with you the issues raised by the statistics from the police and other partner agencies and the issues people raised through a survey of people’s perceptions and experiences of crime, which was conducted in the early part of this summer.  We now want to know what you think.  ·Are the issues raised a realistic assessment?  ·Are the issues those you want the partners to tackle?  It is important that the strategy we develop, both from this audit and the views expressed, is the right approach to further reduce crime and the fear of crime.  Your comments will be essential in helping us to develop the strategy for the period 2002-2005 for this district.  Please send them by 1 March 2002 to:  Neil Atkinson Community Safety Officer North Kesteven District Council Freepost MID 19365 Kesteven Street Sleaford Lincolnshire NG34 7BR                        
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 The North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership  The Partnership involves a wide range of agencies that meet four times-a-year to discuss and co-ordinate action to tackle the priorities identified in the current strategy.  The partners include: ·Lincolnshire Police ·North Kesteven District Council ·Lincolnshire County Council (including the Youth Service and Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue) ·Lincolnshire Police Authority ·Lincolnshire Health ·National Probation Service ·Youth Offending Service ·Neighbourhood Watch  The current key priorities are:  ·Youth issues ·Anti-social behaviour ·Domestic burglary ·Business crime ·Road Safety ·Domestic violence  The North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership was set up in July 1997 following an audit of crime and disorder conducted by Crime Concern1. A closer working relationship between the partner organisations is the result of the partnership. The reduction in recorded crime is clear. In 1995-1996 there were 4025 recorded crimes throughout North Kesteven. Five years later, the total number of recorded crime is lower by about a quarter at 3105 recorded crimes in 2000-2001.  Examples of specific projects which have been sponsored include: ·‘Speak-Out Listen-Up’, a project in Ruskington, to tackle youth issues and anti-social behaviour. ·in North Hykeham to tackle commercial burglary.A business crime initiative ·Young driver training and road safety signs. ·Multi-agency referral protocol to improve access to services for victims of crime, particularly those suffering domestic violence. ·group, involving young people, meets regularly to initiateYoung people’s task and progress a range of projects, including conferences for young people, a newsletter, a web site and a young person’s facilities needs survey.  In response to recommendations from the district auditor and Crime Concern1, the partnership has adopted an approach that ensures that each strategic priority is addressed, by establishing priority implementation groups.  
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The purpose of the audit is to research the latest trends in the partnership area and to use that information effectively to help promote safer and healthier communities. The purpose of this consultation is to help the partnership to address community concerns and implement projects based on the evidence in the audit. Your role is important: are these priorities still appropriate, or should the partnership consider other issues? The next steps  The consultation period for this document ends on 1 March 2002. Afterwards, North Kesteven Community Safety Partnership Steering Group will meet to consider what you and others have said. It will then consider which crimes to address as priorities for action in a strategy for the next three years, for the period between April 2002 and the end of March 2005.  Although we have set a deadline for comments that the partnership will consider when developing the strategy, we want to encourage you to raise any issue that is of concern to you at any stage during the life of the strategy.  
The district is predominantly rural. The population was estimated in 2000 (Office of National Statistics 2000) at 92,453 people, in an area of 92,000 hectares. This is an increase of nearly 6000 people since 1998. There are over 100 towns and villages. Sleaford and North Hykeham have the largest populations in the district with more than 12,000 people each. There are three main road links in the district: · the A15 links Lincoln with Peterborough via SleafordNorth – South, bypass; · Sleaford;East-West, the A 17 links Newark with Norfolk again, bypassing ·road passes through the north western corner of the districtThe A 46 linking Lincoln with Newark and beyond. The A46 will be dualled in the next 5 years. This may have an impact on cross-border crime and travelling criminals, by making the area more accessible. This issue will be continually monitored.  The pattern of rail links is similar, with Sleaford acting as the crossroads for the east-west route and the north-south route. Lincoln is also connected by rail with Newark.
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  Crime levels in these and other charts in this report are expressed as a crime rate per 1000 people, unless otherwise stated. This helps us to compare the amount of crime with other areas that may have different population levels.  a) All crime The two charts below indicate two clear facts that are welcome news: the recorded crime rate in North Kesteven is much lower than the national, regional and county averages and fell during the two years since 1998/99.  The total number of recorded crimes between April 2000 and March 2001 was 3105 incidents. This compares with 3476 for the same period in 1998 – 1999.  At the time of the first audit of crime and disorder in North Kesteven in 1997, there were there were 4125 incidents of recorded crime in North Kesteven for the period July 1995 to June 1996. Therefore, crime has fallen by over one quarter in 5 years. This trend matches that seen nationally which was recently reported in the British Crime Survey2.  Total crime rate comparisons per 1000 people April 2000 - March 2001 120 97 98 100 80 71 60 40 34 20 0 North Kesteven Lincolnshire East Midlands England & Wales Total Crime rate in North Kesteven per 1000 people 45.0040 40.00 37 34 35.00 30.00 25.00 20.00 15.00 10.00 5.00 0.00
1998/99
1999/2000
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2000/01
 
 
5.90
 b) Violent crime The same trend is seen in violent crime as in the overall levels of crime. Again the two charts below indicate just how much lower the North Kesteven rates are compared with the county, regional and national violent crime rates. The North Kesteven rate is less than a quarter of the national average and less than half the county average. Violent crime rate comparison per 1000 people 12 11.35 10.37 10 8 6 4 2.69 2 0 North Kesteven Lincolnshire East Midlands Violent Crime rate per 1000 people 4.03.66 3.5 3.0 2.5 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.5 0.0
           
1998/99
2.89
1999/2000
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England & Wales
2.69
2000/01
 
 
 
        
Robbery rate comparison per 1000 people
1.11
1.80
2 1.5 1 0.50.070.30 0 North Lincolnshire East England & Kesteven Midlands Wales
To emphasise the point even more, the robbery rate reflects the previous trend, but note just how small the numbers are. This indicates that it is very unlikely for people to become a victim of robbery, although we must recognise that incidents do still occur. Robberies per 1000 people 0.140.13 0.12 0.10 0.08 0.06 0.04 0.02 0.00
1998/99
0.07
1999/2000
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0.07
2000/01
 
c) Burglary  The burglary rate in North Kesteven is about half that of the county and national averages as shown in the chart below.  Burglary rate comparison (per 1000 people) 20 18 17.45 15.79 16 15.11 14 12 10 7.59 8 6 4 2 0 North Kesteven Lincolnshire East Midlands England & Wales  The chart below shows how the burglary rate dropped last year. About one third of all burglaries are due to ‘basic insecurity’ which is leaving a window open or not locking a door, thus allowing opportunistic crime to be committed. There is scope to reduce these already low levels of burglary by encouraging greater awareness of simple security measures. Burglary per 1000 people 10 9.16 9.48 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
  
    
1998/99
8
1999/2000
7.59
2000/01
 
d) Vehicle crime In North Kesteven vehicle crime is just over one third of the vehicle crime rate in Lincolnshire and is under one quarter the East Midlands average.  
 
   
Vehicle crime rate comparison per 1000 people 35 30 25.91 225016.8518.29 156.16 10 5 0 North Lincolnshire East England & Kesteven Midlands Wales
This chart shows a slight increase in the vehicle crime rate last year.  Vehicle crime per 1000 people
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
6.12
1998/99
9
6.12
1999/2000
6.16
2000/01
 
 e) Criminal damage  The local pattern of criminal damage reflects the trends of the other crimes. The local rate is about half the county average and is considerably less than the regional and national figures.  Criminal damage rate comparison (per 1000 people) 20 18 17.44 18.13 1614.31 14 12 10 8 7.26 6 4 2 0 North Kesteven Lincolnshire East Midlands England & Wales
        
 
 
C r i m i n a l D a m a g e p e r 1 0 0 0 p e o p l e 8 7 . 4 1 7 . 2 6 6 . 8 0 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0 1 9 9 8 / 9 9 1 9 9 9 / 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 / 0 1  The rates of criminal damage have fluctuated slightly over the last three years, but are relatively constant.     
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