Wokingham Borough Council has today launched its annual community safety survey, inviting residents to share any issues or concerns they may have about crime or anti-social behaviour.
Although the majority of residents may not think they have been directly affected by crime or anti-social behaviour, the council welcome feedback from those who may still have concerns about their personal safety, as well as their family, friends and community.
Community safety partnership
As part of the community safety partnership, the council works closely with the key organisations responsible for keeping the borough safe including Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service, Thames Valley Police, National Probation Service and the NHS.
The partnership agrees the borough's response to crime and anti-social behaviour and sets priorities to ensure they are working together to create a safe community. They fund specific projects that are targeted by priorities and the council’s survey results will feed into this decision-making process.
Working with the community, the partnership deal with crime and anti-social behaviour hotspots and aim to help reduce incidents of serious violence and knife crime. They also tackle the radicalisation and exploitation of children, young people and vulnerable adults as well as trying to help prevent theft from vehicles and residential burglaries. There is also a strong focus on tackling domestic violence, and all forms of violence against women and girls for which the council is developing a strategy and action plan.
Resident safety is top priority
Cllr Ian Shenton, executive member for environment, sport and leisure said: “Our residents’ safety is our number one priority and we are here to help those who need our protection. We always try to listen to the needs and concerns of residents, intervening as early as possible to prevent issues escalating.
“We are very proud that Wokingham is one of the safest boroughs in the country and we work hard, together with the other members of the community safety partnership, to keep our residents safe. However, we’re not complacent and we know that crime and anti-social behaviour does take place in the borough.
“Feeling unsafe can have a very negative impact on people’s lives. We want to hear your thoughts about how safe you feel living in Wokingham borough. The more you tell us about your concerns and experiences the more we can do to help make you feel safe”.
Have your say
Residents can share their view anonymously. To fill out the annual community safety survey visit the council’s Engage Wokingham Borough platform by Friday 7 April 2023. For help completing the survey or alternative formats, call the council on 0118 974 6000 or visit one of the borough's libraries.
More from Wokingham Borough Council
Stay connected to the communities around you. Enjoy the latest news, updates and highlights straight in your inbox. Subscribe to our Wokingham Borough Connect newsletters now.