Sedgemoor District Council is committed to making Sedgemoor a safe place in which to live, work and visit. During March 2017 Sedgemoor District Council will be sending out 5500 surveys to a random selection of households across the district. The survey will ask residents for their views on crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the local area.
Sedgemoor District Council wants to encourage as many residents as possible to make their views known and not just those randomly selected to receive the postal survey. Surveys are therefore available in Sedgemoor District Council’s Bridgwater House reception, Sedgemoor-based libraries, Get-Set children’s centres, selected community centres and police stations. The deadline for returning the survey is 31st May 2017.
The survey is also available to complete online via www.sedgemoor.gov.uk/safetysurvey.
Sedgemoor carries out this survey every two years. The 2013 survey received 1710 responses, and the 2015 survey received 1,626 responses. Some of the key findings of the 2015 survey:
- 95% of residents feel safe at home during the day
- 88% of residents feel safe at home after dark
- 89% of residents feel safe in the town/village centre during the day
- 57% of residents feel safe in the town/village centre after dark
- Litter, dog fouling and fly tipping are the top three anti-social behaviour issues of concern to residents.
- Generally it is perceived that crime and anti-social behaviour levels had stayed about the same in the previous three-year period.
- Only 15% of respondents felt that the presence of Closed Circuit Television cameras in the district have no effect on their feelings of safety.
- Cycling in Sedgemoor appears to make people feel less safe than travelling by car, bus or walking.
- 70% of respondents have not been a victim of crime themselves.
A Sedgemoor spokeswoman said ‘In order to understand the issues that matter to residents most, we want to hear your views on crime and anti-social behaviour. Once we know your views we can use this information to work together with local partners to address these problems’.
Surveys are available from:
- Libraries: Burnham-on-Sea, Bridgwater, Cheddar, Highbridge, Nether Stowey, North Petherton.
- Community centres: Burnham Bay Centre, Burnham Community Centre, Hamp, Victoria, Sydenham, North Petherton Community centres and Bridgwater YMCA.
- Get Set children’s centres: Cheddar, Burnham, Highbridge, Victoria, Hamp, Woolavington, Sydenham, Eastover and Bridgwater College.
- Sedgemoor police stations