Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 18th November, 2014
Time:
1.30PM
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1AU
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Julia Cherrett, Cllr Carol Clark, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead, Mrs Ann Cains(Member of the public), Allison Lilliendahl(Children's Centre Officer), Steven Hume (Community Safety Manager), Paul Beattie (Fire Service Community Liaison Officer), Andrea Gledhill(Enforcement Officer Trading Standards)
Officers:
Jenna McDonald(LDS)
Apologies for absence:
Yvonne Cheung(Falls Coordinator)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
25/14
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
 
SHS
26/14
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
 
SHS
27/14
DRAFT MINUTES - 23RD SEPTEMBER 2014
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
28/14
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
29/14
EVALUATION OF FALLS AWARENESS EVENT
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
30/14
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
31/14
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
32/14
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
25/14
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
26/14
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
27/14
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 23rd September 2014.
SHS
28/14
The Community Safety Manager attended the meeting to provide Members with an overview on crime and anti-social behaviour levels across the Borough between April - September 2014.

Key points were highlighted as follows:

- Publicly reported crime and total crime had reduced and resulted in 647 fewer victims of crime

- When compared to neighbouring local authority areas, Stockton on Tees had seen the biggest reduction in crime and remained the safest place to live in the Tees Valley

- Although crime in the Borough was reducing, there continued to be slight increases in offences of violence, rape and other sexual offences

- Excellent reductions were seen in several key crime areas including; Personal robbery, Burglary and non-domestic, Vehicle crime and Shoplifting

- Burglary dwelling reduced in October 2014 and burglary offences in September 2014 also reduced by almost half with only 27 offences compared to 45 in September 2013

- The forecast for the end of the financial year was projecting a reduction of 6.1%, the biggest anticipated decrease in crime levels when compared to neighbouring local authorities

- Stockton were the only local authority area to have seen a reduction in Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)between April - September 2014. Although there was a decrease in ASB, if levels continued at the current rate, A 6.5% increase was anticipated. Members heard that even with the anticipated increase, Stockton would still have the lowest increase when compared to Hartlepool, Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland

- There were no new emerging issues in relation to crime and disorder in Stockton Borough

- Strong partnership links in Stockton had a large impact on success rates

- Violence was being closely monitored particularly in the run up to Christmas when night time economy would increase

- Shoplifting figures were likely to increase over the Christmas period

Members of the Association thanked the Community Safety Manager for attending and asked to pass on gratitude and praise to the rest of the team.
SHS
29/14
The Chair of the Association provided Members with information from the event which included a feedback report which was completed by the 12 exhibitors and an evaluation completed by 29 members of the public.

Members heard that no member of the public attended the event as a result of publicity around surgeries etc. There was discussion as to how exhibitors may have been able to use their own communication networks to promote the event.

It was highlighted that the Chair of Stockton Home Safety Association believed that the event as a whole was extremely positive.
SHS
30/14
A Fire Service Community Liaison Officer attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

Members noted information following on from Mischief night(30th October) and Bonfire night(5th November):

- Statistics for the bonfire period in 2014 were similar to those from 2013 and had significantly reduced when compared to the early 2000's. It was highlighted that on 5th November 2014, the Fire Brigade received a total of 77 telephone calls, 30 of which were between the hours of 17:00pm and 19:00pm

- Members of the public were encouraged not to give away their rubbish which could potentially have been used on bonfires etc.

- Wheelie bin fires were an issue which required a lot of resources. Wheelie bin fires in Hartlepool had increased by 100% and in some cases the bin fires had spread to houses. It was highlighted that education was key when highlighting the dangers of fire and Cleveland Fire Brigade were working towards a press campaign.

- Bonfires on Bonfire night would only be put out by the fire brigade if children were close to the fire, if the fire was out of hand or if alcohol was being consumed around the fire

- Members were informed that an annual campaign took place in schools in the run up to Christmas in order to educate children on the danger of fire

- Members heard that Partnership work with organisations such as Thirteen and the Security Centre was extremely beneficial in operations and investigations

Members asked how often the Fire Brigade worked with Accident and Emergency (A&E) in order to find out how they were affected by bonfire night and other fire incidents. In response, Members were informed that there had recently been a press release in the Gazette based on partnership work with the Fire Brigade and A&E.
SHS
31/14
An Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

Key points and issues were highlighted as follows:

- Issues had arisen with a Disney Frozen themed snap wrist watch which was bought on Ebay. Members heard that the watch was made with a metal tape measure inside and was a sharp and dangerous object. It was highlighted that Trading Standards had submitted a Data Protection Request to Ebay to identify others who had bought one of these particular watches to inform them of the dangers and findings.
SHS
32/14
A Children's Centre Officer attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

The following points were noted by Members:

- Child Safety sessions were being carried out in Children's Centres across the Borough, it was highlighted that sessions were currently being planned in all 12 Children's Centres between January - March 2015

- School Nurses were keen for the Children's Centre Officer to deliver information sessions to parents

- There was a demand for lockable medicine cabinets from School Nurses and Social Services

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