New survey reveals almost everyone in Wokingham borough feels safeBy Laura Herbert
January 31, 2013
Almost everyone living in the Wokingham borough feels safe, according to the latest survey.
The results of Wokingham Borough Council’s Safer Communities Survey were released yesterday revealing 94.4 per cent people feel safe outside their home within the borough during the day, and 78.2 per cent felt the same way at night.
The top three crime concerns were homes being broken into, having belongings stolen from cars and the perceptions of young people.
The most common anti-social issues were dangerous parking, dangerous driving, litter and dog fouling.
More than 60 per cent of people questioned felt Thames Valley Police and the council are tackling anti-social behaviour and crime issues, while 9.6 per cent of people disagreed.
The survey was carried out between July and September last year, and the results will be used by Wokingham Community Safety Partnership, which is made up of the borough council, police, fire service, health service, probation and the voluntary sector, to set priorities.
Nearly 40 per cent of people who took part in the survey said they did not access community safety information.
The Community Safety Partnership encourages people to use information via the police, such as Thames Valley Alert and other services.
To find out more visit www.thamesvalleyalert.co.uk.
Councillor Rob Stanton, deputy leader of the council, said: “Understanding residents’ view on crime and anti-social behaviour is vital in ensuring the Community Safety Partnership is focusing its activities on where they are needed most.
“This approach has helped us reduce crime significantly over the past two years, and although the challenge is tough we need keep the pressure on to continue this trend.”
To view the full survey results visit www.wokingham.gov.uk/council/consultations/results.
If you are interested in regularly taking part in surveys run by the council call consultation officer Carla Chappell on (0118) 908 8229.