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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 30th June, 2015
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 Helen Atkinson, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Bill Woodhead
Officers:
Claire Sills (Community Safety), Keith Hobbs (Care Call), Alison Lilliendahl (Children's Centre Officer), Andrea Gledhill (Trading Standards), Jenna McDonald (LDS)
Apologies for absence:
Mrs Ann Cains, Paul Beattie
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
1/15
APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR 2015 - 2019 MUNICIPAL YEARS
AGREED that Councillor Evaline Cunningham be appointed Chairman for the municipal years 2015 - 2019.
SHS
2/15
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
3/15
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
4/15
DRAFT MINUTES - 20TH JANUARY 2015
AGREED that the minutes be approved subject to minor amendments.
SHS
5/15
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
6/15
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
There was no Fire Officer in attendance of the meeting.
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7/15
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
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8/15
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
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9/15
FALLS AWARENESS EVENT - 2015
AGREED that the Falls Awareness Event would take place in October 2015.
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10/15
FREQUENCY OF MEETINGS
AGREED that Stockton Home Safety Association continued to meet on a bi-monthly basis.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
4/15
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 20th January 2015.
SHS
5/15
A Preventions Manager from Community Safety attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

The following points were highlighted:

- Between April 2014 and March 2015 both publicly reported and total crime had increased in the Borough resulting in 306 more victims of crime. Despite the increase in crime, levels had reduced by 38% over the past ten years and Stockton maintained its place as the safest place to live in the Tees Valley.

- There were several key crime areas which had reduced when compared to 2014 which were Vehicle crime, Other Theft and Criminal Damage. While some areas had reduced, several crime categories had increased including; Violence against the person, Domestic Burglary and Personal Robbery.

- Sexual offences had increased by 34% although stranger rapes continued to remain low with majority of offenders known to their victims along with reports of historical offences.

- Stockton was the only local authority area in the Tees Valley to have a reduction in Anti-Social Behaviour with a 6% decrease during the financial year.

Non-domestic burglary:

- Between April 2014 and March 2015, Non-domestic burglaries had increased by 5 crimes, however, there had been a reduction of 39% over the past ten years

- The main types of offences were burglaries to sheds and garages where items such as bikes and gardening equipment were taken. Spates of offences had also taken place where motorbikes had been stolen from garages.

- SBC and Cleveland Police were committed to reducing offences of burglary and ensured that proactive patrols took place in hotspot areas. Local businesses were offered advice and guidance on securing premises. New businesses, building sites and locations also benefited from crime prevention surveys.

Domestic burglary:

- Offences of domestic burglary had increased by 29.6% between April 2014 and March 2015 equating to 128 more victims of crime

- Despite the increase in offences during the most recent 12 months, offences of dwelling burglary had reduced by 59% over the past 10 years

- Work was on-going in Stockton regarding dwelling burglary including the setting up of a Gold Group chaired by the Assistant Chief Constable of Cleveland Police. It was highlighted that an action plan had been drawn up by the Local Policing Commander and an additional monthly force meeting was held surrounding this action plan.

- Despite crime prevention messages, insecure entry remained a concern and it was anticipated that this problem would remain due to the warmer weather during the summer period

- Members requested information on the 'Bag a Burglar' campaign. It was agreed that the information be provided to Members at the next meeting.

The Care Call and Telecare Promotions Coordinator from the Community Safety Team attended the meeting to provide Members with information on the Care Call and Telecare service.

The following information was noted:

- Care Call provided an emergency response service at the touch of a button 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year

- Alarm units by Care Call were linked to a phone in the household and provided a quick contact to the Security Centre where trained officers would then respond to the call by telephone or in person

- Once a call was generated, the Security Centre could then contact emergency services, doctors, friends, relatives and mobile officers when necessary.

- The cost of the basic Care Call service package was 3.77 (plus VAT) per week which included the key holding service

- The Care Call service was a registered member of the Telecare Services Association (TSA) and performance was measured against the national standards set by the TSA.

- Members were presented with examples of equipment which were provided to Care Call service users. It was highlighted that all Care Call equipment operated on batteries which were monitored weekly. If the battery depleted by 80%, a notification would be sent to the centre and a member of staff would contact the service user and arrange an appointment to replace the battery.

Members commended the Care Call Service.
SHS
7/15
An Enforcement Officer from Trading Standards attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

The following points were highlighted:

- In aid of National Scams Awareness Month in July, Trading Standards aimed at contacting all no cold calling zones to promote door stop stickers and signs. It was highlighted that contact centres had a supply of the stickers for distribution and all Members would be provided with a supply of stickers in order to distribute to residents in their wards

- The Officer from Trading Standards informed Members of a safety complaint of a lighter purchased from a market Stall in Billingham. It was heard that the lighter did not meet safety regulations which resulted in burning a customer. Members were reassured that the lighters had been removed from the market stall.
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8/15
A children's Centre Officer attended the meeting to provide Members with an update.

The following points were highlighted:

- All 12 Children's Centres across the Borough were now providing their own safety sessions which were coordinated by the Children's Centre Officer

- As the Children's Centre's were now providing their own safety sessions, the Children's Centre Officer had more time to concentrate on working with families, children in need and children on the child protection register

- Follow up visits were to be introduced to ensure that safety was maintained

- The Children's Centre Officer continued to attend events where necessary
SHS
9/15
Members considered options for advertising the Falls Awareness Event, the following suggestions were made:

- Stockton News
- Fracture Clinics in hospitals
- Supermarkets
- Life Chanel
- Social Media and Internet

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