Southwark opens violent crime consultation

Southwark Town Hall

Southwark Town Hall

Southwark council is kicking off a “major consultation” with residents on violent crime. The survey is under the aegis of the Safer Southwark Partnership, and is intended to feed into a five year crime strategy.

Here’s how Southwark is describing the strategy:

The violent crime strategy is an important document for the communities in Southwark who have told us through our residents surveys, that violent crime is a key concern for them. The violent crime strategy will set out the priorities for the council and its key partners over the next five years. It will make clear recommendations on what we intend to do locally, how communities can be involved and recommendations for regional and central government on the key changes which would make the most impact for local people and local services.

The strategy will set out the violent crime priorities that agencies, services and the community believe affect them most. The priorities will look at the impact on victims, whether they be individuals, families, communities or businesses, and what we are currently doing. It will also look at, based on our information and consultation, what we should focus on over the next five years.

Violent crime makes up 21% of all recorded crime in the borough, says Southwark. Violent crime is defined as violence against the person, robbery and sexual offences, and while recorded violent crime is down by 9% overall in the last five years, residents are still telling Southwark it’s among their major concerns.

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