Survey reveals people feel safer than ever in Nottingham

Council House Summer

Nottingham’s 2014 Respect survey has found that people in Nottingham feel safer than ever, with perceptions of anti-social behaviour (ASB) at a record low.

The survey, commissioned by the Nottingham Crime & Drugs Partnership and carried out by Information by Design, is undertaken annually to find out the views and opinions of local people about anti-social behaviour, crime, community safety and the partnership between the Police and Council.

Taking into account findings from the city centre, local neighbourhoods and various wards, overall results show that satisfaction levels with the Police and Council are at an all time high at over 66% . For the first time, a majority of people feel safe in the city centre at night time and perceptions of cleanliness are at a record high .

These results are echoed in the findings of the 2014 Nottingham Citizens’ Survey , which found that 75% of people are satisfied with the cleanliness of their local area and 87% of respondents are very or fairly satisfied with the way the Council runs things.

The latest statistics from the Crime Survey of England and Wales (CSEW) also highlight decreases in all major crime types, with violence seeing a 23% fall and a 16% decrease in estimated crimes against households and resident adults, the lowest estimate since the survey began in 1981 .

The Respect survey’s results will be used to prioritise investment and services, to address what drives anti-social behaviour in the city centre and local neighbourhoods. The strength of the results highlights the effective interventions made by Community Protection, the Police and the city’s housing providers.

Councillor Jon Collins, City Council Leader, said: “Despite the budget challenges faced by the Police and Council, it’s good to see that the hard work being done to keep communities safe in Nottingham is recognised and welcomed by people in Nottingham. Of course there’s still plenty to do but cutting crime and antisocial behaviour remains a high priority for local people and so it’s a high priority for us”.

Richard Antcliff, Chief ASB Officer, said “Community Protection and partners have made a massive contribution to this agenda. Our officers will continue to tackle issues that concern our citizens, ensuring our communities are safer and cleaner.”

Jeff Allen, chairman of the Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), said “We are delighted about the findings of the survey. Having a safer, cleaner city is good for everyone and the BID recognises this in its partnership working with the Council and the Police, delivering a range of initiatives to improve cleanliness and safety.”

The full survey report is now available to download from the CDP’s website: http://www.nottinghamcdp.com/2014-respect-survey/

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