Safer Communities Survey Results
Forcewide July 2013 – September 2013
During Quarter 2 (July - September), 2,807 residents were surveyed across the force area; of these, 915 (33%) identified at least one problem in their neighbourhood.
The chart below shows the top ten priorities for the force in descending order, along with the score for each priority*:
‘Young people being rowdy or a nuisance’, broken down by alcohol-related and non alcohol-related, remains the top priority across all area commands.
Analysis has shown that, whilst there is little variation between area commands:
‘Rubbish or litter lying around’ is less of a priority for residents in South Tyneside, Gateshead, and North Tyneside;
‘Inconsiderate parking’ is more of a concern to residents of Sunderland and Newcastle;
‘Speeding or dangerous driving’ is more of a concern to residents of South Tyneside;
‘Other environmental problems’ (e.g. potholes, verges) are more of a concern to residents of Gateshead;
‘Dog fouling’ is more of a concern to residents in North Tyneside and Northumberland.
Other key findings from the Safer Communities Survey include:
96% of residents feel very or fairly safe living in their neighbourhood;
92% of residents agree that the police can be relied on to sort out problems in their neighbourhood;
83% of residents think the police in their neighbourhood do a good or excellent job;
61% of residents state the number of times they see officers on foot in their area is about right.
* Problems are given a score of 1 to 3 depending on how big a problem the residents say they are. These are combined to give the overall problem score and weighted to take account of the population.