Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 17th March, 2015
Time:
1.30PM
Place:
Jim Cooke Conference Suite, Stockton Central Library, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1TU
 
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
Officers:
Andrea Gledhill (Development and Neighbourhood Services), Claire Sills (Preventions Manager), Jenna McDonald, Daniel Childs (LDS)
In Attendance:
Ann Cains (Member of the Public)
Apologies for absence:
Allison Lilliendahl(Children's Centre Officer)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
40/14
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
41/14
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
42/14
DRAFT MINUTES - 20TH JANUARY 2015
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
43/14
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
44/14
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
There was no Fire Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
45/14
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
46/14
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
There was no Children's Centre Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
47/14
CHAIRS ANNOUNCEMENT
As this was the last meeting of the Association, the Chair thanked all members and officers for their input over the past four years.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
42/14
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2015.
SHS
43/14
Members were provided with an update on Community Safety based on statistics from April 2014 - December 2014 from the Preventions Manager in attendance of the meeting.

Key points and emerging issues were highlighted together as follows:

- Stockton-On-Tees remained the safest place in the Tees Valley seeing reductions in public reported and total crime figures

- There had been an increase in the following types of crime and offenses during the eight month period:
- Violent Crime
- Domestic Burglary
- Non Domestic Burglary
- Vehicle Crime
- Sexual Offences

- Facebook posts relating to crime often portrayed a false message to those using the site, the Neighbourhood Policing Team had a Facebook page to reassure Members of the public and to publish accurate messages

- Safety sessions took place in schools which educated children on E-Safety

- There had been a slight increase in the number of burglaries not only in Stockton-On-Tees but also the neighbouring Boroughs, this is often due to properties that have been left insecure ie unlocked doors.

- Members were informed of the new Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) injunction powers which were incorporated into the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014.

Members were informed that the next crime figures were due to be published after the Safer Stockton Partnership meeting on 24th March 2015.
SHS
45/14
An Officer from Trading Standards provided Members with an update on Trading Standards and Licensing.

Members were informed that the current Trading Standards and Licensing Manager was taking voluntary redundancy from his position within SBC from 10th April 2015. The Association agreed that an email be sent to thank the officer for the support which had been provided to the Association and to give their best wishes for the future.

With regards to a concern which was raised by a Member of the Association relating to shelving arrangements of Medication in a Tesco store, The Trading Standards Officer informed Members that the Head Office for Tesco stores had confirmed that no shelving arrangements were sent to stores unless a promotion was in place.

A series of upholstery checks were due to be carried out in local retailers across the Borough to ensure that retailers were complying by the guidelines.

The Association were informed that a child's Spiderman fancy dress outfit which was bought from ASDA included a battery which exploded. It was highlighted that the child was not wearing the outfit when the explosion occurred, however the product was sent for testing.

The numbers of Illegal Doorstop callers had increased specifically in the Eaglescliffe and Egglescliffe area; It was highlighted that the callers claimed to have been young offenders sponsored/authorised by the Probation Service and/or Job Centre Plus. Members heard that the callers were selling small household items and held a form of identification which remained unknown at the time of the meeting.

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