Agenda and minutes

Crime and Disorder Scrutiny Panel
Thursday 9th February 2017 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:

None.

 

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.

 

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.

Review of the Rehabilitation Programme - Update

To inform the Scrutiny Panel of ongoing developments with the Community Rehabilitation Company (CRC), following the introduction of the Transforming Rehabilitation agenda.

5.

Safer Solihull Partnership - Performance Report - Quarter 3 2016/17 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To provide the Crime and Disorder Reduction Panel with the opportunity to review performance for Quarter 3 2016/17 for the Safer Solihull Partnership performance measures.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In attendance: Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety Manager - Managed Growth and Communities).

 

The Panel was provided with the Safer Solihull Partnership performance data for Quarter 3 2016/17. Members examined the performance scorecard and tactical priorities which focused on the Partnership’s four key priorities of:

 

·  Better protecting people from harm.

·  Bringing offenders to justice and tackle re-offending.

·  Supporting stronger communities.

·  Making our neighbourhoods safer places.

 

Key issues to emerge were that total recorded crime had been above the Solihull monthly aspirational figure for the last months. Crime types with the largest difference between quarter’s 2 and 3 were reported as:

 

·  Theft from Motor Vehicle.

·  Theft of Motor Vehicle.

·  Burglary Other Building.

·  Burglary Dwelling.

 

Particularly with regard to Burglary Dwelling, it was reported that the Partnership was currently drafting a Partnership Action Plan to address that increase in crime type (+40.1%). That would include tactics to catch offenders, crime deterrents, community advice and addressing people’s perceptions of feeling unsafe.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Safer Solihull Partnership performance data for Quarter 3 2016/17 be noted.

 

6.

Safer Solihull Annual Strategic Assessment and Community Safety Strategy Report pdf icon PDF 86 KB

To provide the Crime and Disorder scrutiny panel with the opportunity to examine the Safer Solihull Annual Strategic Assessment for 2016.  

 

To enable the Crime and Disorder Panel the opportunity to discuss the priorities for the partnership for 2017/20 to aid the drafting of the Safer Solihull  3 year community safety strategy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

In attendance: Gillian Crabbe (Community Safety Manager - Managed Growth and Communities).

 

The Panel had the opportunity to examine and comment upon the Safer Solihull Annual Strategic Assessment for 2016. Members also had the opportunity to scrutinise the priorities for the Partnership for 2017/20. The Panel’s feedback from that exercise would aid the drafting of the Safer Solihull 3 Year Community Safety Plan.

 

The Safer Solihull Partnership had agreed that the established four Strategic Priorities (below) would continue into 2017/18 and then be subject to an annual review:

 

·  Better protecting people from harm.

·  Bringing offenders to justice and tackle re-offending.

·  Supporting stronger communities.

·  Making our neighbourhoods safer places.

 

The Partnership had also agreed that the areas of focus and co-ordinated partnership work for 2017/20 should remain as set out in Appendix D of the draft Strategic Assessment, with the outcomes for the following types being considered in more detail. Key themes for 2017/18 were reported as:

 

·  Burglary Dwelling – including preventing the winter seasonal crime increase.

·  Supporting vulnerable victims of ASB. The Partnership Board had acknowledged that ASB occurred everywhere but the Partnership would give consideration to the risk of harm and the future threat to determine people and situations of priority.

·  Public Place Violence prioritising Chelmsley Town Partnership Plus area and Solihull Town area.

·  Delivery against the Partnership Domestic Abuse Action Plan.

 

It had also been recommended that the two Partnership Plus areas of Chelmsley Town and Smith’s Wood should remain the focus of partnership activity, together with Solihull Town and Shirley Town areas. The Partnership would also ensure that repeat victimisation was administered with a partnership approach through multi-agency mechanisms such as Local Priority setting panels, ASB Case Conferencing or the Harm and Vulnerable Victims Group.

 

The Panel noted that there had been five key trends identified in last year’s Strategic Assessment:

 

·  Seasonal Rises in Crime - Total Recorded Crime had reduced over a five year period but for the past three years the data had not displayed significant changes and the crime levels had been controlled (static) rather than reducing. Despite the better control over crime levels, there remained rises in both November (2015) and March (2016) and in 2015/16 that trend continued in 2015 the November increase saw levels of crime remain high throughout the winter period which was unusual for Solihull. The Partnership needed to consider what could be done differently in 2017/18 to ensure those increases in crime did not occur again.

·  More Community Triggers than expected – at the last assessment, Solihull had received ten requests to activate the Community Trigger. Six of those had met the threshold and of those that did not meet the threshold, it was because the complainant had not reported the incidents to the relevant authorities. However, those complaints were then referred to the multi-agency Problem Solving Panels for consideration. All the complaints that met the trigger were noisy neighbour complaints which in some cases had escalated to intimidation. Action plans had been instigated but the key area  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.

7.

Work Plan pdf icon PDF 70 KB

To consider the work plan for the remainder of 2016/17.

Minutes:

The Panel’s work plan was submitted which set out the intended business for the April 2017 meeting. No additions or amendments to the work plan were made.

 

RESOLVED

 

That the Panel’s work plan be noted and the agenda for its April 2017 meeting be agreed.