Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel
Wednesday 17th December 2014 6.00 pm

Venue: Civic Suite, Solihull

Contact: Democratic Services 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies and Substitutions

To receive notification of apologies and substitutions from Members.

Minutes:

Councillor M Robinson.

2.

Declarations of Interest

To receive notification of any declarations of pecuniary and/or conflict of interest from Members.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest from Members of the Panel.

3.

Questions and Deputations

To answer questions and hear deputations, if any, asked by any resident of the Borough pursuant to Standing Orders.

Minutes:

There were no questions or deputations.

4.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To receive for information only and where applicable, the minutes of the previous meeting.

Minutes:

The Minutes of the meeting held on 8th October 2014, was submitted for approval.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Minutes be agreed as a correct record.

5.

Safer Solihull Partnership - incorporating the Solihull Local Police and Crime Board Quarter 2 Performance for the period July to September 2014. pdf icon PDF 976 KB

To provide the Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel members with the opportunity to review performance for Quarter 2 of 2014/15 for the Safer Solihull Local Police and Crime Board before it is presented to the Cabinet Member and Safer Solihull Board in January 2015.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In attendance: Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety Manager – Solihull MBC, Places Directorate); and Inspector Nigel Sarling (Performance Lead - West Midlands Police).

 

The Panel considered a report from Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety Manager) that set out a summary of the Safer Solihull Performance Scorecard for Qtr 2 (July to September 2014).

 

Noting that Councillor Robinson had given apologies, advance notice of his questions to be raised during the meeting had also been circulated.

 

The Panel welcomed Inspector Nigel Sarling to the meeting who offered the Panel a further verbal narrative to support the report and performance data being presented. The following was discussed and noted:

 

·  Household burglary was reducing across the Force area, particularly in Solihull. In the past, policing would be carried out geographically. Nowadays, policing targeted individual offenders which had proved to be a better use of Police resources. 23% of the whole Force wide reductions were attributable to improvements in Solihull for this crime type.

·  Convictions and custodial sentences were now more likely than ever for crime types such as theft due to the use of DNA in detection and evidence.

·  A national change in offending was developing. There were now growing instances of cyber-crime and this was seen as a shift in focus by offenders. West Midlands Police advised that this was a very complex area of policing to investigate. The Panel sought an update on figures for reported cyber-crime. West Midlands Police gave some individual examples, such as criminality attributed to goods offered for sale on internet auction sites.

·  Shop lifting was also now a very popular crime; particularly small, high value, retail goods such as baby powder and coffee which had a street price of circa 50% of its recommended retail price. Larger goods, such as electrical items were less popular amongst offenders looking to commit this crime type. West Midlands Police advised that strategic targeting of known criminals was now a proven and more effective method of policing.

·  In response to a question, the number of bilking offences was reported as being between 56 and 60 offences per month which equated to there being more than 160 more bilking offences in the Borough in the last 12 months. Lower fuel prices also appeared to be making little difference in reducing the number of recorded offences. West Midlands Police advised that only a change in retail/operator practices (i.e. pay up front) would drastically reduce the number of offences. However, retailers/operators were unlikely to make any changes as this would limit their opportunities to “up-sell”. In addition, the financial loss to the retailer was very small and any duty on stolen fuel was written off. Most petrol retailers also still had old CCTV technology, rather than digital. In terms of policing resources, the top 5 most problematic locations were targeted by the Police each month. Vehicle identification (looking for known bilkers), staff awareness and sale refusals did make a small contribution to deterring this type of crime although high staff turnover in this retail sector  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 92 KB

The Panel will be invited to reconsider its work plan with a view to selecting and prioritising topics for consideration during the remaining meetings scheduled in February and March 2015.

Minutes:

The Panel received and considered its Work Plan for the remainder of 2014/15 which suggested a small number of variations to a number of topics to ensure that they could be dealt with during the remaining meetings. For the next meeting (10th February 2015), it was confirmed that the agenda would be as follows:

 

·  Reducing the Fear and Perception of Crime.

·  Early Crime Interventions and Reducing the Risk of Reoffending.

·  Safer Solihull Partnership Annual Strategic Assessment & Community Safety Plan.

·  Safer Solihull Performance Scorecard 2014/15 – Summary – Qtr3.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Panel’s revised Work Plan be agreed.

7.

Exclusion of the Public and Press

The meeting is likely not to be open to the public during discussion of the following items because the reports contain exempt information as defined in Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972.

 

Minutes:

Not applicable for this meeting.