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Take part in an online survey to shape community safety priorities in Sandwell

Published 12th October 2021

Sandwell residents, workers and students are being asked to share their thoughts, feelings and concerns about community safety, as part of Safer Sandwell Partnership’s online consultation.

The consultation runs until 6 November 2021 and is part of the annual autumn Safer 6 campaign.

The findings will be used to help update Sandwell’s Community Safety Strategy, and inform actions to tackle the issues identified by local people.

The Safer Sandwell Partnership wants to hear from people who live, work or study in Sandwell about:

  • how safe they feel
  • the crimes that they are most concerned about, and
  • what they think is needed to crack down on these and increase their feelings of safety.

The link to the consultation can be found on the community safety survey webpage

By helping the Partnership to understand the community’s perceptions, residents, workers and students can help it take action to tackle the issues they identify. Their responses will help shape changes to improve community safety in the borough.

Respondents will be asked to complete a number of online questions. They will not have to provide any personal information from which they can be identified, and their answers will be kept confidential.

The Safer Sandwell Partnership brings together Sandwell Council, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, health and probation services and many others, to tackle crime and improve community safety in Sandwell.

It works closely with the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, West Midlands Community Safety Partnership, local community and voluntary organisations and councillors to set its priorities:

  • To work together to prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in our neighbourhoods
  • To prevent violence and exploitation
  • To reduce offending, reoffending and serious organised crime
  • To protect and support vulnerable victims.

Over the last three years the Partnership has worked to make Sandwell a safer place. Its achievements include:

  • The award-winning iTrust Project, which supported children at risk of exploitation and crime
  • Borough and town tasking, which have strengthened the way partners together to tackle local issues
  • An enhanced response to knife crime, with awareness sessions in schools.

Chief Superintendent Ian Green, Chair of the Safer Sandwell Partnership Police and Crime Board, said: “The Safer Sandwell Partnership is committed to working with those who live, work or study in the borough, to ensure that our resources are used effectively to deliver community safety for all. Your contributions to the online survey will help us to achieve this.”

Councillor Bob Piper, Sandwell Council's Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: “We are proud to live in Sandwell, and our communities play an important part in ensuring that we have respect for one another, that those of us who are vulnerable feel respected and cared for, and we all feel safe and valued in our neighbourhoods. You can strengthen the success of the Partnership by taking part in its survey.”

Safer 6 is an annual six-week autumn campaign, running until 7 November, which promotes a wide range of safety, crime prevention and healthy living advice for people of all ages. Each of the six weeks will have a different theme. The 12th annual Safer 6 campaign has a special online focus with different themes each week, as well as activities across the six towns. These include: speed awareness, walkabouts, litter picks and community skip days.

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