Safer St Austell The Safer St Austell partnership works together to reduce and prevent crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour.

Working locally to improve community safety

Safer St Austell involves community members in the work of the partnership and encourages social inclusion and community participation by being part of the problem-solving process and having a sense of pride in St Austell.

Safer St Austell facilitates and supports a coordinated multi-agency approach to community safety to improve feelings of safety and public reassurance, reduce the risk of harm to the community and protect vulnerable groups.

This group is now in its 6th year and has developed a comprehensive Delivery Plan based on the evidence presented in the previous St Austell Town Profile and feedback from the Residents Survey.

Our priorities:

What have we achieved:

Over the past 12 months we have continued to work together to tackle pockets of anti-social behaviour with a balance of support and enforcement measures.

We have worked collaboratively with civil enforcement partners to focus on hotspot locations as well as target empty properties with Environmental Protection and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service. We have responded dynamically to local demands, moving mobile cameras to aid prevention and detection of crime, and increase feelings of safety.

We have rolled out Bystander training to licensed premises, security and taxi drivers. The active bystander approach aims to prevent domestic abuse and sexual violence, sexual harassment, bullying and hate crime.

So far during 2023, Safer St Austell have taken part in the St Austell Community Fire Station engagement day, St Mewan School Community Fair, Ocean Housing Community Action Days and are looking forward to further community engagement events. Safer St Austell plans an environmental visual audit in
several areas in the town. This audit will involve partners from a range of different agencies, coming together to assess the physical space and agree actions to improve the area in line with situational crime prevention strategies.

We are continuing to work with partners, such as Young People Cornwall and Action for Children, to support young people, address any concerns and target specific areas with outreach work.

Working with the Community Payback (Probation) team we have cleared a significant area of foliage in an area of St Austell which is an ASB hotspot and a Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG) concern. A number of volunteers from Harbour, Advance and Ocean Housing as well as Community Safety Officer
and local Police officer came along to clear the green waste and litter pick.

The Safer St Austell partnership regularly hold community safety and anti-social behaviour (ASB) drop-ins as well as patrols. These patrols provide reassurance to the public; reduces ASB within the town; provides support to individuals by referring directly to agencies on patrols and additional support to businesses in reporting ASB and shoplifting.  

Further information and news

If people experience anti-social behaviour, call 101 for non-emergencies and in an emergency call 999.

If you have information about a crime you can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

For concerns about rubbish such as glass and needles on the street, call Cornwall Council Refuse and Recycling on 0300 1234 141 or email [email protected]