Additions to ‘What works’ crime reduction toolkit

October 29th, 2015 by

two new crime reduction interventions on the What Works Crime Reduction Toolkit bringing the current total to 30.  This has now more than doubled the number of interventions available since the launch of the Toolkit in March of this year.

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Mental Health Courts

Mental health courts are designed to divert offenders suffering from severe mental health issues, such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder, towards treatment options rather than imprisonment. Customised sentences are given depending on the needs of the individual. Overall, the evidence suggests mental health courts reduce reoffending. It is not known however, if the effect varies by different crime types.

Victim Offender Mediation

Victim Offender Mediation (VOM) involves a face-to-face meeting between victims of crime and the offender where they can discuss the offence and consequences, and decide what the offender should do to repair the harm caused by the crime. VOM is typically used for juvenile offenders. Overall, the evidence suggests VOM reduces reoffending, particularly for property and violent crime.


Smoking in cars with under 18’s now criminal offence

October 19th, 2015 by

As of the 1st October 2015 it has become a criminal offence for anybody to smoke in a car when there are persons under the age of 18 present, this legislation, known as the Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 are the latest piece of legislation to support Tobacco Control in the UK, and to help keep our communities safe and healthy.

The CIEH have developed guidance, in consultation with the Department of Health, designed to help enforcement officers use the requirements to best effect and to help members of the public comply with the law.

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The guidance is available here;

However in brief the following now applies;

  • From 1 October it is illegal to smoke in a private vehicle with someone under 18 years present.  The law is changing to protect children from the health harms of secondhand smoke in private vehicles.
  • If there is more than one person in the vehicle and any of them are under 18, then the vehicle should be smokefree.
  • The Government wants children to grow up free from harm and we need parents understand why smoking in vehicles is so dangerous.  Every year, around 3 million children every year are exposed to secondhand smoke in a car. And every week, 200 children have to visit their GP because of the effects of secondhand smoke in cars.
  • The police and local authorities both have powers to enforce these offences and it is for local areas to decide how best to do this.
  • It is expected that most often the police will enforce this in conjunction with their wider functions on road safety.  For example, when they are running a local operation to check compliance with the laws on seatbelts or child car seats, the police would also check for anyone smoking or discuss the offences with the driver if there is tobacco in the car.
  • Local authorities also have a role in enforcement and may appoint officers to do this.  They may work jointly with the police in taking enforcement action and share their existing experience of building compliance with smokefree legislation.

Preparing to update Cornwall’s Alcohol Strategy

October 14th, 2015 by

Every year we have a look to see what impact Alcohol has on Cornwall. This year’s Alcohol Needs Assessment can be found here:

This year’s is particularly important, because we are just about to update our Alcohol Strategy, outlining all the actions we are taking to address alcohol related harm in Cornwall.


We have 3 overall local objectives:
1: To enable people to make informed choices about alcohol; we aim to help people in Cornwall to become better informed about responsible drinking and safe alcohol intake levels, by giving relevant advice, information and support in order to reduce alcohol related harm.

2: To improve services to reduce the harm caused by alcohol; we aim to reduce the risk of alcohol related harm to individuals and families by improving effective alcohol services in the community, in the NHS and hospitals, in the voluntary sector and in the Criminal Justice System, in order to reduce alcohol related hospital admissions and support recovery from problematic alcohol use.

3: To promote partnerships to reduce alcohol’s impact on the community; we aim to work effectively in partnerships to promote best practice around safe alcohol retail, maintaining safe localities and communities, and to have well planned responses to alcohol related issues with the long term goal of reducing disruption to the community.

These objectives will be delivered across eight areas:
1: Advice and Information
2: Children, Young People, Parents and Families
3: Community Safety Schemes
4: Criminal Justice Interventions
5: Domestic abuse and sexual violence
6: Employment, Deprivation and Inclusion
7: Health, Treatment, Aftercare and Recovery
8: Licensing, alcohol retail and the Night Time Economy

When the strategy has been updated it will be publicised on the Safer Cornwall website and elsewhere.


Rogue Trader week

October 13th, 2015 by

Cornwall Trading Standards has just seen the end of Rogue Trader Week 2015 (28/09/2015-02/10/2015). Supported by Devon and Cornwall Police, Cornwall Council Licensing, Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and the Environment Agency, the week tackled the criminals that use their businesses to defraud and con members of the public out of thousands of pounds. Leanne McLean Lead Officer for Doorstep Crime, who led the operation this year said “Rogue traders are organised criminals who target the vulnerable members of our community. Victims tend to be females over 72 years of age and who live alone, but they are certainly not the only ones”

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The most common methods adopted by rogue traders relate to anything that is connected to home maintenance, from gardening to roofing or aerial installation. The old tricks include, “we are from the council and need to chop down this tree, your neighbours have been complaining” or “we are in the area and saw that you had a few ridge tiles loose on your roof, we can fix it for a few pound”. Invariably once the work starts then more “problems” are found and before the person knows it, the job costs thousands of pounds and the person is being taken to the bank to withdraw funds.  After being conned once often victims are then repeatedly targeted either by the same individuals or by others who have bought details of vulnerable victims from them.

Reports of uninvited doorstep callers offering to carryout household repairs, including roofing work , fascia boards and electrical works have been received by this Service. The callers do not provide the required cancellation rights and request cash for works. There are also reports of aggressive tactics towards householders when payment is due.

Cornwall residents should be on their guard when they do receive unwanted callers, a cancellation notice should be provided by the trader when a contract is agreed in a consumers’ home. The notice should specify that there is a fourteen day cooling off period and state how the contract should be cancelled.  If this information is not provided the trader commits an offence and the contract may not be able to be enforced against the householder (the householder may not have to pay). Householders should also be aware that it is unlikely that they would be able to get redress from itinerant callers if they did encounter problems with works further down the line. Always get at least three quotes and ensure that you are dealing with a local, reputable trader.

If anyone has been approached by doorstep callers or have concerns about their rights they can contact consumer direct on 03454 04 05 06. For local traders please contact Cornwall Council  on 01208 893133 or search Cornwall Buy with Confidence at

“We can all help detect this sort of crime in our community. I would call upon the neighbours of vulnerable people or people who have regular contact with them to report any suspicious activity to Trading Standards or the Police. You may be preventing someone from losing their life savings and having their life shattered as a consequence.”

 Allan Hampshire, director or Public Protection said, “Cornwall Trading Standards have an ongoing commitment to protect Cornwall Consumers from unscrupulous and bogus traders. The action taken sends a message out to Cornwall residents that we are tackling the problem and are here to protect vulnerable persons within the county.”

“The Trading Standards service receives many complaints each year relating to rogue traders who have conned or misinformed consumers. Some vulnerable consumers have lost thousands of pounds in life savings to these criminals. We and the police want to send a clear message to rogue traders that we are looking for them and will apply the full force of the law against them”

Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: