Safer Communities Toolkit Supporting communities to address community safety issues in their neighbourhood.

The Safer Communities Toolkit provides support for local communities to help them tackle the issues that are important to them. It includes a wide range of advice on issues such as road safety, youth engagement, loneliness, anti-social behaviour, drugs, alcohol and crime prevention.

Evidence has shown that community engagement and action create a sense of belonging and place for residents. There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests come together to work towards the same goal. The Safer Communities Toolkit has been produced to provide communities with the knowledge and skills to tackle the concerns they feel are important in their local area.  

The resources below provide information about a range of community safety issues as well as links to evidence about our local communities and organisations that can help. This includes advice on conducting surveys and community engagement, links to grant funding and evidence to support a grant application.

Know your community and get support

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Know your area


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How to engage your community


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Community funding


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Support & report

Safer Cornwall’s primary objective is helping communities to be and feel safe. A wide range of services and support is available throughout Cornwall to respond to concerns about crime, anti-social behaviour and other issues that impact on community safety – our quick reference guide will help you find what you need.

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Know your area

Do you want to know more about the local area? There is a wealth of information available to help you – about the people, the local environment, jobs and housing, levels of crime and health and wellbeing.

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If you are planning a community event or initiative here are some ideas on how to undertake a range of community engagement activities.

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There are many avenues of funding helping communities improve an area by reducing crime and supporting community safety initiatives.

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What concerns do you have in your community?

Road related concerns

Many road related concerns for our communities fall into the broad categories of speeding, parking or dangerous driving.
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Anti social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of acts.
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Crime prevention

Crime Prevention includes strategies and measures to reduce the risk of crimes occurring and prevent potential harmful effects on individuals and society.
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Community wellbeing

Community wellbeing occurs when when groups of people are able to achieve their potential and social and environmental conditions are met.
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Improving your community space


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Serious and organised crime


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Domestic abuse & sexual violence

Ending domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) and violence against women and girls (VAWG) are priorities for Safer Cornwall.
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Road related concerns

Many road related concerns for our Cornish communities fall into the broad categories of speeding, parking or large vehicles.

Unlike many other elements of this toolkit, these problems are often very visible to the community and can be chronic in nature.

The common response for many communities will be to demand enforcement and a policing presence do deal with a specific location. However, we have found that the short-term presence by a police officer does not have any long-term impact to the targeted behaviour, nor does the implementation of double yellow lines as this simply moves the parking problem to elsewhere in the community.

Often, the answer to these chronic issues lies within the community itself and community engagement becomes the key to more holistic, long term solutions.

Speeding in the community

Drink driving

Inconsiderate / illegal parking

School road safety

Anti-social driving

Anti social behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is a broad term for many types of behaviour that cause are or likely to cause a person alarm, harassment or distress.

The list of behaviours that fit into this area is huge, but can be more easily classified into 3 areas:
• PERSONAL (targeted at a person, business or group),
• NUISANCE (could be targeted but are usually more generalised behaviour that effects the community)
• ENVIRONMENTAL (this type of behaviour effects the community and individuals e.g. Graffiti)

Cornwall Councils’ ASB Team works alongside many different agencies to lead or assist with cases where ASB is either the main issue or a contributing factor. It is important for you to make sure that you get the correct lead agency when reporting issues to us as this will help the Council and partner agencies such as Devon and Cornwall Police, Social Landlords, etc deal with your reports as effectively as possible.

In many cases we receive reports where a criminal act has been committed. If this is the case for you, the first agency that you should report to is Devon and Cornwall Police using these methods:

Non Emergency
Call 101
Online form www.devon-cornwall.police.uk and click “Contact” then “Report”

Emergencies
Where a crime is in process or there is an immediate threat of harm Call 999

Below is a list of some of the more common complaints we receive and how you can help us to help you.

Street drinking

Young people

Noise nuisance

Neighbour disputes

Graffiti

Jet skis

Tombstoning

Fly tipping

Dogs

Beach anti social behaviour

Intimidating behaviour

Harassment 

Aggressive begging

Public disorder

Crime Prevention

Crime Prevention includes strategies and measures that aim to reduce the risk of crimes occurring and prevent potential harmful effects on individuals and society. This includes reducing the fear of crime by intervening to influence their multiple causes.

There are four types of crime prevention, these are: law enforcement, developmental, community and situational prevention.

Law enforcement is a form of crime prevention and is associated with the criminal justice system – police, courts and prisons – and is the most commonly understood form of crime prevention.

Developmental is a form of early intervention; developmental crime prevention seeks to address the early causes of criminality. Reducing community and individual risk factors and increasing protective factors, helps to prevent crime later in life. Examples of this may be skills training within schools.

Community crime prevention focuses on strengthening neighbourhoods to prevent crime. Local communities that have strong bonds and where people know each other are generally less prone to experience crime. Enhancing ‘social capital’ or the relationships between people can be beneficial in protecting people from crime. Examples of this may be Neighbourhood Watch Schemes.

Situational crime prevention can be as simple as installing locks and alarms, increasing surveillance through lighting and making buildings harder to enter, damage or hide near.

This section aims to provide advice and guidance on crime prevention and helpful links in order for you to make your community safer.

Shoplifting & business crime

Drink spiking

Hate crime

Criminal damage

Environmental crime

Vehicle damage

Burglary

Cyber crime

Doorstep crime

Underage drinking and sales

Community wellbeing

Community wellbeing happens when social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions are met and communities are able to fulfil their potential.

There are three factors that play a key role in community wellbeing:  connectedness, liveability, and equity.

Connectedness

Connection is fostered by community’s social networks that:

  • Offer social support
  • Enhance social trust
  • Support members living harmoniously together
  • Foster civic engagement
  • Empower all members to participate in community and democracy

Livability

A liveable community is supported by the infrastructure, including:

  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Education
  • Parks and recreation
  • Human services
  • Public safety
  • Access to culture and the arts

Equity

An equitable community is supported by values of diversity, social justice and individual empowerment, where:

  • All members are treated with fairness and justice
  • Basic needs of all are met (adequate access to health services, decent housing, food, personal security)
  • There is equal opportunity for education, employment, and meeting individual potential

Cost of living resources

Children & young people

Mental health

Suicide

Loneliness & social isolation

Food insecurity

Dogs

Drugs & alcohol treatment

Safeguarding

LGBTQ+ support

Housing

Improving your community space

Encouraging involvement and investment in your local environment, from all ages and walks of life, can help residents to feel connected and invested creating a sense of place. Not only does this create a cleaner and healthier environment, it can foster cross-generational interaction and sharing of valuable knowledge. This can range from litter picks to zero carbon schemes, to tree planting and community gardens.

Do you have ideas for a community group to tackle projects in your community or want to start a green initiative?

The following links provide support for different topics that you can use within your community.

Graffiti

Fly tipping

Drug litter

Dog fouling

Flyposting

 

Serious and organised crime

Modern slavery

Serious and organised crime

Cuckooing

County lines

Prevent and radicalisation 

Domestic abuse & sexual violence

Ending domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV) and violence against women and girls (VAWG) are priorities for Safer Cornwall. Beyond the immediate physical and emotional harm caused, DASV and VAWG have far-reaching and long-lasting impacts on adults and children.

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