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Stockton Home Safety Association Minutes

Date:
Tuesday, 23rd February, 2016
Time:
1.30pm
Place:
Ground Floor Committee Room, Town Hall, High Street, Stockton-on-Tees
 
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:
Steven Hume, Vicky Hatton (Community Safety), Andrea Gledhill (Trading Standards), Alison Lilliendahl (Children's Centre Officer),
In Attendance:
Ann Cains (Public)
Apologies for absence:
Cllr Mohammed Javed
Item Description Decision
Public
SHS
28/15
EVACUATION PROCEDURE
The evacuation procedure was noted.
SHS
29/15
DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
There were no declarations of interest.
SHS
30/15
DRAFT MINUTES - 22 DECEMBER 2016
AGREED that the minutes be approved.
SHS
31/15
REPORT FROM COMMUNITY SAFETY OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
32/15
REPORT FROM TRADING STANDARDS OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
33/15
REPORT FROM CHILDREN'S CENTRE OFFICER
AGREED that the information be noted.
SHS
34/15
REPORT FROM FIRE OFFICER
There was no Fire Officer in attendance of the meeting.
SHS
35/15
FLOATING PAPER LANTERNS
AGREED that an officer from Animal Welfare attend the next meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association.
SHS
36/15
STOCKTON HOME SAFETY ASSOCIATION EVENT - JUNE 2016
AGREED that an update be provided at the next meeting of the Stockton Home Safety Association.
SHS
37/15
AMENDMENT TO TERMS OF REFERENCE
AGREED that the amendment be noted.
SHS
38/15
ANY OTHER BUSINESS
 
13:30pm/14:40pm

Preamble

ItemPreamble
SHS
30/15
Consideration was given to the draft minutes of the meeting held on 22 December 2015.
SHS
31/15
Members received an update on Community Safety. Key points and emerging issues were highlighted together as follows:

- In 2015, there was a 20.4% increase in publicly reported crime

- As a result of audit work, changes were made to the way in which the Police recorded crimes. It was noted that changes meant that all crimes were reported as a crime until proven otherwise.

- Members were informed that crime rates had increased in the following areas; violence, shoplifting, burglary and garage/shed theft.

- With regard to violence, it was noted that there were two categories; violence without injury and violence with injury.

- Despite increases in some areas of crime, Stockton-On-Tees remained the safest place in the Tees Valley.

- Members heard that in 2015, Anti-social Behaviour in Stockton-On-Tees reduced by 6% and was projected a further 2% reduction in 2016. It was noted that the reduction in Anti-social behaviour was largely due to partnership approach in the Borough.

- With regard to Domestic Abuse, Members were informed that there had been a 46% increase in incidents, it was heard that Domestic Abuse was an on-going challenge. Operational meetings took place in order to identify patterns in crime.

- It was noted that 35% of all reported crime was domestic violence.

Members raised the following points/questions:

- Members felt that Stockton Council's ASB model kept Members well informed and was one which other local authorities should adopt

- With regard to bag snatching, it was asked how officers dealt with attacks which took place, leaving no injury. In response, it was heard that regardless of injury, all attacks were considered a serious crime. Members were reassured that SBC had two town centre officers, an excellent network of CCTV and also worked closely with Cleveland Police. It was highlighted that around 467 crimes over the past 12 months were detected by CCTV.

- Chair of the Association asked which aspects of the Community Safety Service could be included on the Stockton Home Safety Association website once in place, it was heard that the following subjects could be made available on the website:
- Safe at Home Scheme
- Crime Prevention work
- ASB figures
- Out of hours contact details
SHS
32/15
Members were provided with an update from the Trading Standards Officer in attendance of the meeting. Key points were noted as follows:

- A survey was currently being carried out on children's nightwear, it was heard that nightwear such as nighties and bath robes were being purchased in order to carry out flammability tests.

- 'No Cold Calling' door stickers were available which could be accessed by Councillors to distribute to residents. It was noted that 600 people were on the waiting list for a door sticker and at the time of the meeting 1400 stickers were available.
SHS
33/15
Members were provided with an update from the Children's Centre Officer in attendance of the meeting. Key points were noted as follows:

- Members were made aware of an on-going safety scheme, it was noted that the majority of equipment involved in the scheme was funded by Public Health and SBC.

- 36 Children's Centre staff from across the Borough were trained to hold safety sessions.

- The Children's Centre Officer informed Members that a lot of time was spent on home safety visits particularly for those families with Children in Need and families with children on a Child Protection Plan.

- Meetings had taken place with the Housing Options Team and Thirteen Group in order to understand how the three services could work together.

- It was noted that the Safety Sessions held by Children's Centres and the materials available at the sessions could be advertised on the Stockton Home Safety Association website
SHS
35/15
The Association raised concerns around the use of Floating Paper Lanterns.
SHS
36/15
Members discussed the Stockton Home Safety Association Event which was due to be held on Wednesday 8 June 2016.
SHS
37/15
Members agreed an amendment to section 5 of the Terms of Reference; Membership of the Association.
SHS
38/15
Members noted that discussions were taking place around the Stockton Home Safety Association website.

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