Safer Sutton Partnership Service

Overview

The borough's approach to community safety is coordinated through the Safer Sutton Partnership Service (SSPS). This is a highly effective partnership between the Council and Police which, since its establishment in 2005, has delivered excellent outcomes. Headline performance results for 2004/05 - 2016/17 include:
  • Total crime down by 31.5%
  • Theft from motor vehicle down by 55.8%
  • Fear of crime down significantly over all major crime types (over 7 biennial surveys)
  • Cashable efficiencies of £981,000 from 2006/07 to 2016/17
  • Total crime fell for the 12th consecutive calendar year in 2016.
Crime and disorder priorities in Sutton have remained stable for some years as
  • Tackling anti-social behaviour
  • Tackling domestic violence
  • Tackling alcohol related crime and disorder
  • Tackling volume property crime
The demography of the borough is increasingly diverse with a steady rise in our youth population that is projected to increase. Strong educational attainment in Sutton means the borough is an attractive place for people to settle and raise families. Increasing numbers of young people normally correlates strongly with increased fear of crime.

Sutton has, however, made impressive reductions in fear of crime. This has been achieved through a detailed understanding of the issues that make people feel less secure and targeted actions to change that.

Innovative insight in community safety: partnership with Cardiff University Police Science Institute (UPSI)

For the past seven years UPSI has been working with the Metropolitan Police Service and the Safer Sutton Partnership to provide systematic community intelligence to inform the implementation of neighbourhood policing in the London Borough of Sutton. Using the i-NSI methodology developed by UPSI, each year since 2007, approximately 600 residents have been interviewed in-depth in relation to their neighbourhood security priorities, and their perceptions and experiences of policing.

Top ranking problems for the residents of Sutton in 2015 compared with those in previous years

2015

2014

2013

2011

2010

2009

Speeding traffic

Groups of youths

Groups of youths

Groups of youths

Groups of youths

Groups of youths

Groups of youths

Litter

Speeding traffic

Speeding

Speeding

Speeding

Litter

Speeding traffic

Dog mess

Inconsiderate parking

Inconsiderate parking

Inconsiderate parking

Inconsiderate parking

Inconsiderate parking

Burglary

Dog mess

Litter

Undesirable groups

Burglary (Domestic)

People Shouting

Inconsiderate parking

Litter

Dog mess

Litter

This data is understood at a neighbourhood level allowing multi-agency actions to be effectively targeted to improve resident confidence and satisfaction and reduce the fear of crime.

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