Crime in Rural Areas of Warwickshire

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Crime in rural areas in Warwickshire has been analysed in an attempt to understand what crime in a rural area is and whether certain crime types are increasing or reducing in these rural areas, and what is being done to tackle it.

The report examines rural locations in Warwickshire by output area only. Rural locations account for 75% of North Warwickshire Borough, 0% of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough, 25% of Rugby Borough, 13% of Warwick District and 77% of Stratford District. Overall, one third of Warwickshire is classified as rural.

There has been an overall reduction of crime in a rural area in Warwickshire of 3% when comparing March 2013 to April 2014 to the same period in 2012/13.

To read the full report, please click on the graphic.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement 2014 – 2017

 

The ObseFront Cover CSAv2rvatory have contributed and helped to produce the new aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement.

It is believed it is the first of its kind in the country! The document shows how Warwickshire agencies will work together to tackle crime and improve community safety.

 

Find the full report here…..

Aligned Warwickshire Police and Crime Plan and Community Safety Agreement

 

Conducting Research on the Care Leavers Project for Digital By Default

dbd-research (1)This week saw the start of the research element of the Care Leavers Project as part of the Digital by Default programme. This project is looking at how we currently provide support services to Care Leavers, and how we might use digital technologies to improve outcomes for Care Leavers. Over the next three weeks, members of the project team will be spending time with care leavers who have agreed to talk to us and allow us to gather our “user needs”. We are spending approximately 6 hours with each care leaver, seeing how they go about their daily lives, and asking questions about the Care Leavers Service. We want to understand how activities, technology and appropriate support and services can improve future outcomes for Care Leavers.

The first visit took place on Tuesday, with one of the project team from the Observatory spending the day with a care leaver who is a young mother. She used to live with a foster carer in Warwickshire, but now living independantly in a city centre. The day was spent both at their home and shopping with the children, her friend and boyfriend. During this time many questions were asked about how and why she does things, her experience of life and the care services and various topics were covered such as communication, aspirations and attitudes. As you can imagine, spending the day with a young person is a daunting task, especially living in a social deprived area, when it is at times surrounded by gangs.

“The experience was extremely rewarding – yes the area was everything that you would expect but I felt fully protected by the people that I was with when shown around the local area. The care leaver spent the day answering my questions, taking me through a typical day that she would experience, taking me shopping to her local supermarkets (alongside her friend and baby).

I noticed a few interesting things throughout my time with them:

– the planning around shopping at a number of different supermarkets in order to get items at the lowest prices e.g. Aldi for nappies, main shop at Tesco (for value products primarily), Iceland for all frozen food. But no fruit or vegetables! All food was convenience food and easy to cook e.g. beans, pizzas, instant noodles.

– Using top ups to manage her mobile phone – only spending £10 per month getting unlimited internet but typically running out of text messages. She hadn’t purchased her phone from a typical provider but from Cash Generator and her friend agreed this was the cheapest way to get a phone.

– Buying the majority of clothes and some household items from ebay and Gumtree – sometimes getting items for free if they would collect. All of the clothes for the children they buy in bundles on these websites for very small amounts of money.

– Attitudes towards others were very broad e.g. “social workers are all the same”. She had branded everyone with one view based upon experiences with just a couple of people. She had a very similar view towards her neighbours and local people.

– Ability to manage money – as money is tight every penny counts!

– A desperate need to not repeat the life she had for her children. She was trying to seek advice on how to get out to work and have a career that she wanted but felt she was not getting the support to do this.”

 

The entire experience has been fascinating and a real eye opener for the project team. Pre-conceptions that the team had before they conducted the research are being challenged by many of the people that they are meeting. It is already proving to be a very valuable method of conducting research and engaging with young people that access our services. It has already highlighted ways and methods that we can engage better with care leavers and will ultimately help identify ways that we can help them access services in the future.
This is the first post of many by the project team but hopefully it gives an insight into the very useful research that we are conducting.

Warwickshire Key Statistics – Victims of Crime

A report of Warwickshire Key Statistics – Victims of Crime has been produced for the Office of the Police CriFront Cover for blogme
Commissioner. The report examines Warwickshire victim data for the period of 1st April 2013 to 31st March 2014 which includes key findings from an analysis of Warwickshire Police and various victim support based agencies’ data.

The report provides an analysis by:

  • District and borough
  • Gender
  • Ethnicity
  • Crime type
  • Age

along with a typical victim profile for each district and borough in Warwickshire as shown below.
Victim Profiles

 

To read the full report, please click on the picture above. 

 

 

Country of Birth – A focus on residents born in an EU Accession Country

This article focuses on data from the Census on the country that Warwickshire residents were born in. In particular, the number and proportion of residents that were born in an EU Accession country e.g. Poland, Romania, Lithuania.

Of Warwickshire residents, 8,880 advise that they were born in an EU Accession country, which is 2% of the total population. Of these residents the highest proportion are identified as being born in Poland (67%), with a further 4% born in Romania, 2% in Lithuania and 27% as ‘Other EU Accession Country’. This category includes Bulgaria, Latvia, Estonia, Slovenia and Slovakia.

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The highest number of people born in an EU Accession country reside in Rugby Borough (3,451 people). The following graphic shows the concentration of where these people live and also reveals some key facts.

  • 3,451 Rugby residents were born in an EU Accession country and 68% were born in Poland (2,344 residents).
  • Almost half (48%) of Rugby residents that were born in an EU Accession country (1,666 residents) were aged 25 to 34 years at the time of the Census.

For further information about the 2011 Census, or if you have any comments or suggestions for further areas of work, please contact the Observatory at research@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Violent Crime is Reducing in Warwickshire

Analysis has been conducted on violent crime (violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery offences) in Warwickshire between January and December 2013 and reveals that violent crime in Warwickshire is reducing, which Warwickshire Violence Brieffollows the overall national trend for England and Wales.

Analysis suggests that violent crime is more likely to be reported in town centre locations in the county within the weekend night time economy, however overall non-town centre violence has seen a slight increase (1%).

The report includes the proportion of violent crime broken down by district and borough.

The link to the report can be found below. (Please note that this may take a while to load)

Warwickshire Violent Crime Analysis Brief

Census Profiler Update – Safer Neighbourhood Areas Added

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Due to a number of requests from users, we have made some more adjustments to our excel-based 2011 Census small area profiling tool and added in the geography of Safer Neighbourhood Areas (as well as Children’s Centre areas a few months ago). 

This tool allows you to generate your own 2011 Census profiles bringing together themes such as population, housing, ethnic background, religion, heath, education and employment at a number of different Warwickshire geographies including:

    • ONS geographies: Output Area, Lower Super Output Area (LSOA) and Middle Super Output Area (MSOA)
    • Wards
    • Localities
    • Electoral Divisions
    • Parishes
    • Children’s Centre Areas
    • Safer Neighbourhood Areas
    • District/Boroughs
    • Warwickshire
    • National & West Midlands Region comparators

The updated Census Profiler tool can be accessed using the link below:

2011 Census Small Area Profiler (June 2014)

NB: Please be aware this is a large file so it will take a few minutes to download.