Annual Report 2010-11

Community Safety


 Delivering Community Safety in 2010/11….

  • Crime continues to fall – Since 2003 overall crime levels reduced by 35%.
  • In Autumn 2010 Harry the Hyndburn Hound Road Safety Club was launched.  Over 1000 road safety packs were given out to every four year old entering school.  It included a collection of reflective materials, educational resources and high visibility vests helping to keep your children safe whilst out walking.
  • The Community Safety Partnership successfully ran Operation Stay Safe.  This aimed to protect unsupervised young people on the streets at night.  Almost 3000 young people and 130 parents received help and advice, 68 young people were taken to a designated place of safety, a further 118 children were returned home and over 100 litres of alcohol was seized.
  • Making Bonfire Night safer the Bright Sparx campaign, delivered in conjunction with the Police and Fire Service, provided free skips, patrols, clean-ups and leafleting in target areas removing 60 tonnes of waste and halving the number of unauthorised fires which amounted to a saving of £31K.
  • Tackling Domestic Violence was the aim of the ‘Show Domestic Violence the Red Card’ campaign. This successful campaign delivered by Hyndburn’s Community Safety partnership during the 2010 Football World Cup received very positive national and regional media coverage.  Evaluation undertaken by the Police showed a decrease in the number of repeat victims of domestic violence during the period of the campaign.
  • The ‘Better Barnfield’ campaign targeted one of Hyndburn’s high crime areas with focused enforcements (warrants and test purchasing), environmental clean-ups and longer-term interventions (home safety checks, health promotion, park improvements) helping to reduce crime and Anti-Social Behaviour in Barnfield during 2010/11.
  • Our ‘Community Payback’ contract with the Probation Trust has resulted in offenders giving back 7,616 hours of free work saving the Council over £85K.  This scheme has helped improve the environmental quality within the Borough by removing rubbish and litter and carrying out various environmental improvement projects within our parks and public spaces.
  • The Community Safety Partnership has provided funding for schemes tackling issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, theft and violent crime.