Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 22nd December, 2015
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Conference Room, Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton on Tees, TS18 1LD
 
Please note: all Minutes are subject to approval at the next Meeting

Attendance Details

Present:
Cllr Helen Atkinson, Cllr Evaline Cunningham, Cllr Mohammed Javed, Andrea Gledhill (Enforcement Officer Trading Standards), Dale Metcalfe (Community Safety Officer), Ann Cains (Public)
Officers:
Jenna McDonald (Governance Officer)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Bill Woodhead, Alison Lilliendahl(Children's Centre Officer), Paul Beattie (Fire Service Community Liaison Officer), Claire Sills (Preventions Manager)
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
19/15
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
20/15
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
21/15
DRAFT MINUTES - 27 OCTOBER 2015
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
22/15
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that:

1. Domestic violence statistics be provided at a future meeting

2. The information be noted
SHS
23/15
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
There was no Children's Centre Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
24/15
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
25/15
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
There was no Fire Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
26/15
STOCKTON HOME SAFETY ASSOCIATION EVENT - JUNE 2016
AGREED that Arrangements be finalised at the February 2016 meeting.
SHS
27/15
TERMS OF REFERENCE
AGREED that consideration be given to amendments.

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
21/15
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 27 October 2015.
SHS
22/15
Members were provided with a report from a Community Safety Officer.

Key points and emerging issues were highlighted together as follows:

- Members were informed of a current demand for crime prevention advice

- Stockton-On-Tees remained one of the safest places to live and work in the Tees Valley

- It was noted that due to partnership work between SBC and Cleveland Police, Stockton Town Centre was no longer a hot spot area for crime

- From April - September 2015, 1135 crimes were reported in Stockton, Members noted that this figure increased in 2015 to 1510.

- Members were informed that the wards in Stockton-On-Tees which seen a reduction in crime were; Northern Parishes, Fairfield, Western Parishes, Bishopsgarth and Elm Tree.

- It was heard that shed burglaries were an issue in 2015, the local authority in partnership with Cleveland Police worked with victims of shed burglary in order to replace hinges and provide crime prevention advice. It was noted that two individuals were arrested

Members raised the following points:

- It was agreed that it would be beneficial for residents to have access to crime prevention advice online. Members heard that the Community Safety team had a website in place - www.stocktoncrimeprevention.co.uk

- Members raised concerns regarding domestic violence, it was noted that a 'Safe at Home' Scheme was ran by SBC which focussed on helping and providing support to victims of domestic violence.
SHS
24/15
Members were provided with a report from the Trading Standards Officer in attendance of the meeting.

Key points and emerging issues were highlighted together as follows:

- Recent complaints were received relating to Hover Boards, Members were informed that several reports were made which stated that the batteries of hover boards had been to known to explode. All imported boards were withdrawn from supermarkets such as Tesco.

- Members were informed of an investigation into mobile phone issue in Thornaby which was on-going.

- The sale of fireworks on social media sights such as Facebook was a current issue. It was heard that an E Crime Team was in place to deal with such issues.

- Members were provided with detail of Operation Gremlin, an operation which involved all authorities working together on a strategy for ASB and fire related crimes

- Members were made aware of on-going investigations into a convenience store in Stockton, it was noted that previous operations had taken place involving sniffer dogs at the store

The following points/questions were raised by Members of the Association:

- Members were keen to understand whether Trading Standards could provide any update on Chinese Lanterns.
SHS
26/15
Members discussed potential dates for the Stockton Home Safety Association Event due to be held in June 2016. The event would take place on a Wednesday between the hours of 10:00am and 14:00pm.
SHS
27/15
Members gave consideration to the Stockton Home Safety Association's Terms of Reference.

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