Safer Cornwall is encouraging communities to report

3 March 2020 Posted by

Safer Cornwall has developed pocket-sized information cards for Cornwall to encourage communities to report their concerns and also to highlight the support available.

The cards were initially designed following a request by Cornwall Councillors to encourage communities to report local community safety issues and also to demonstrate the wide range of help that is available. The cards provide information about how to access support for issues such as anti-social behaviour, domestic abuse and sexual violence, drugs and alcohol, reporting a crime, safeguarding, rough sleeping and waste issues.

Rob Nolan, Cornwall Councillor and Portfolio Holder for Environment and Public Protection said: “We want communities to tell us about their concerns and report these in the right way so that issues can be dealt with swiftly. The cards provide easy access to an array of contacts that means you do not have to be searching for the correct contact number or email address, you have it to hand when you need it.”

Simon Mould, Head of Community Safety and Localism said: “We want to build confidence in communities to report incidents and issues they are experiencing, so that the right agencies are informed and action can be taken. All reports make a difference and are treated confidentially and equally. Reports are also important in providing agencies with information on where to target resources and consider changes to services both immediately and in the longer term, to keep communities safe. If in doubt we encourage everyone to visit our Safer Cornwall webpage to raise the issue the correct way.

Alison Hernandez, Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly said: “Under-reporting of crime presents a multitude of problems. Unless police forces, Police and Crime Commissioners and Government departments have a good understanding of the levels of different types of crime it is very hard to know what resources, both in terms of policing and commissioned services for victims, to put in place.”

“On an individual case level it means perpetrators get away with it, victims go unrecognised, and the cycle of crime continues. Isolated communities are less likely to alert the people that can help victims to the fact that a crime has been committed – something that needs to change.”

Cards will be available through all Library and Information Services across Cornwall. Please also visit https://safercornwall.co.uk/support-report/ if you would like to download the information electronically or in a different format.

Safer Cornwall is a statutory partnership of public, voluntary, community and private organisations who come together to do all that they can to make Cornwall’s communities safer. We provide a co-ordinated response to community safety issues, drawing together all those organisations and people that can make a difference.

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