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Your concerns about crime

Drinking and litter on our streets were key issues raised by residents in the latest Community Safety Partnership survey.

Residents across Lincolnshire want to live in communities free from crime and anti-social behaviour. But what are the issues that trouble you most? And how can they best be tackled?

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STRONGER TOGETHER: Lincolnshire Police’s Andy Morrice, Alan Simpson, from the Community Alcohol Partnership, Simon Gladwin, from Lincolnshire County Council,and Jo Wright, from Tesco in Boston.

The results of the survey help the Community Safety Partnership decide where resources and activity should be targeted.

One such project, launched at the end of last year, is Boston’s Community Alcohol Partnership.

Community Alcohol Partnerships (CAPs) bring together local retailers and licensees, trading standards, police, health services, schools and other agencies. The aim is to tackle the problem of underage drinking and associated anti-social behaviour.

Boston is Lincolnshire’s first CAP, with partners including the police, the borough council, public health, youth services, Addaction, Boston Mayflower and schools. Major retailers have also given it their backing.

As part of the scheme:

  • Off-licences in Boston will get free training in schemes like Challenge 25, and learn ways to prevent alcohol being sold to adults for minors.
  • Schools in the area will receive education materials and teacher training support.
  • Police, licensing and trading standards will be working together to target areas where training and education has not proved successful.

For more about Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership, go to

Crime survey results

The results of this year’s Community Safety Partnership survey reveal Lincolnshire residents’ biggest concerns about crime and anti-social behaviour:

  • Anti-social behaviour such as rubbish and litter, people being drunk or rowdy in public places, and using or dealing drugs - those are the main problems for the largest number of residents.
  • On crime, people are most worried about being a victim of burglary (31%) or anti-social behaviour (30%).
  • Almost one in five (19%) were not worried about being a victim of any type of crime in their local area.
  • Over half (56%) of respondents feel about as safe as they did 12 months ago, while 33% feel less safe.

How the survey helps

Daryl Pearce, the county officer for public protection, said: “The partnership targets its activity on those matters that affect our communities, and the survey is one opportunity for us to understand how people feel.

“The perception of crime levels has a significant impact upon wellbeing, and it’s important for us to reassure our communities that we’re targeting those areas of concern.”

The results will be used to influence the activity and priorities of the partnership over the next year.

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Last updated: 29 June 2017

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