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  • Audit carried out by North Kent Police analyst on behalf of Dartford Community Safety Partnership

    Authorising Officer: Supt 9358 Martin HEWITT Author: PSE 54790 Emma COLLINS Date: 15/02/05 Information used in this document is sourced from KCC Common Data Sets 2001-2004, 2001 Census, Kent Police Crime and Incident Data, Dartford CSP Data, British Crime Survey, NACRO Crime and Disorder Consultation 2003, Kent DAAT Dartford Drug Audit 2004. All Ordnance Survey Maps are reproduced with permission on behalf of Her Majesty's Stationary Office. Crown Copyright. Unauthorised reproduction infringes crown copyright, and may lead to prosecution. (KPA PA01024C 2004)

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    Dartford Community Safety Partnership (CSP)

    Crime and Disorder Audit 2004


    1. Introduction Page 3 2. Methodology Page 3

    3. Overview of Dartford CSP Page 4

    Profile of Dartford Borough Page 5

    4. Findings and Recommendations Page 7

    5. Review of Partnership Work Page 9

    6. Crime and Disorder Analysis Page 11

    I. All Crime Page 11 II. Quality of Life Issues Page 12

    • Anti-social behaviour Page 12 • Hoax Calls/Deliberate Fires Page 13 • Nuisance vehicles Page 15 • Traveller Sites Page 16

    III. Crimes Against Property Page 17

    • Criminal Damage Page 17 • Burglary Page 20 • Vehicle Crime Page 24

    IV. Personal Crime Page 29

    • Older People Page 29 • Young People Page 30 • Violence Page 34 • Racial/Hate Crime Page 38

    V. Drugs and Alcohol Page 39

    VI. Fear of Crime/Public Reassurance Page 43

    7. Conclusion Page 46

    8. Appendices Page 47

    • Current Structure of CSP Page 47 • North Kent Crime Figures Page 47 • Cost of Crime Page 48 • Locations of Pubs and Clubs Page 49 • Kent Ambulance Calls 2001-2003 Page 50 • Ages of Offenders and Victims of Crime Page 52 • Crime Experienced by Older People Page 53 • Ages of Offenders and Victims of Violence Page 54

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    Introduction Community Safety Strategies are a requirement of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and as such are structured to enable the achievement of The Community Safety Partnerships principle aims over a three-year term. Part of the process, which is enshrined by law and shaped by guidance from The Home Office, involves conducting an Audit. The analysis within the Audit informs an early declaration of local priorities and a draft statement of aims. The material provides the foundation for consultation, and the material is fashioned so as to give clear direction to planners on the work of setting objectives and targets. This Audit has been undertaken to provide partners with up to date information on which to determine priorities for the 2005 Community Safety Plan. The Crime and Disorder Audit is about understanding what is happening in the Partnership area and using that information effectively to help and promote safe and healthy communities.

    Methodology The main source of statistical data for the Audit has been Kent Police crime figures, which include reported crime within the Borough with details of offence and location. Crime and Disorder data will be analysed to identify trends, frequency of occurrences, predictions, profile offenders including prolific offenders and young offenders, the cost of crime and geographical spread (Hotspots). Hotspot maps show areas, shaded in red where incidents are most densely clustered, through to green for the least clustered. An area on the map with no colour means no incidents occurred. Hotspots are only a relative measure of incident levels, and can be generated from relatively few incidents. Hotspot maps are best looked at in conjunction with the actual levels of crime and disorder. They are good for identifying areas that are suffering from specific problems, and tracking how levels of crime shift over time. Partners have also supplied data for the Audit, in some cases via the online CADDIE system. This is a KCC website which is accessible to the public, but also has secure log-ins for Partners. The website can currently be used to look at crime and disorder data at a ward level. The main contributors to the Kent CADDIE system at present are Kent Police, Kent Fire and Rescue and Kent Ambulance Service, but in future it is hoped that partners will be submitting more and more data. Data not currently held on CADDIE, such as environmental health and housing data, has also been supplied, although there is a lack of uniformity in what data the different Partners collect, and how it is collected and collated. Other sources of information have included local residents, voluntary organisations, members of the business community, and Borough and Parish Councils. The consultation process has endeavoured to seek the views of a wide range of people, but has also targeted the needs of specific areas and groups of the community where crime and disorder concerns are most prevalent. Another source of information has been The British Crime Survey (BCS), which measures the amount of crime in England and Wales by asking people about crimes they have experienced in the last year. The BCS includes crimes that are not reported to the Police, so it is an important alternative to Police records. Victims do not report crime for various reasons. Without the BCS the government would have no information on these unreported crimes. The BCS also looks at people’s attitudes to crime, such as how much they fear crime and what measures they take to avoid it. Information from The National Census 2001 and other data from the National Statistics website have been used for generic data relating to population, employment and area statistics, and the Kent County Council Common Data Sets 2001-2004 have also been used.

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    Overview of Dartford CSP Dartford Community Safety Partnership comprises of the following: Kent Police: North Kent Police Kent Police Authority Dartford Borough Council Kent County Council: Social Services Education Youth and Community Youth Offending Service Kent Fire and Rescue Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley Primary Care Trust The Kent Probation Service (See Appendix 1 for the current Structure of the Partnership) The aims and objectives from the 2004 Community Safety Action Plan are as follows: Aim 1: Anti-Social Behaviour

    • Reduce anti-social behaviour and nuisance • Reduce effects of alcohol misuse and underage drinking • Reduce vehicle abandonment and vehicle fires

    Aim2: Crimes Against Property

    • Reduce and prevent criminal damage and graffiti • Reduce and prevent burglary from people’s homes • Improve security for vulnerable individuals • Improve security by designing out crime • Reduce vehicle crime • Reduce damage to public land

    Aim 3: Drugs and Crime

    • Prevention through education and rehabilitation • Enforcement and surveillance

    Aim 4: Young People

    • Reduce the number of young people who are victims of crime • Support programmes and diversionary tactics • Intervene to prevent youth offending

    Aim 5: Geographical Focus Areas

    • Temple Hill • Town Centre • Stone • Tree Estate

    Aim 6: Reduction of Personal Crime and Supporting Victims

    • Children and families • Domestic violence • Vulnerable adults

    Aim 7: Improving Partnership Working and Strategy Development

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    Profile of the Borough of Dartford

    Map1: Borough of Dartford Dartford is situated on land bordering the lower reaches of the Thames, and covers an area of 76 square kilometres. Dartford is within close distance to London; The Metropolitan Police are the neighbouring Police Force. Dartford is within the North Area of Kent Police. Its proximity to both London and Essex cause it to be an area ripe for development, but also provides a route in and out of a prosperous county for the criminal fraternity to exploit. The population of Dartford at the 2001 Census was 85911, of which 49% were male and 51% female. The borough has an unemployment rate of 2.5%, compared to 3.1% for the country.1. The population is made up of 35240 households, and 69% of these households are owner occupied, compared with 74% in the South East as a whole 1. Dartford, along with its neighbouring Borough of Gravesham, form the part of Kent known as the Thames Gateway, an area which has been designated by the European Union as a priority region for regeneration to housing, businesses and amenities. The aim of the programme is to help the target areas achieve social inclusion in line with the rest of the Thames Gateway area and to share in the prosperity of the South East of England. Over £18.5 million of European and local funding will be invested in the area over 6 years. Bluewater Shopping Centre, the largest in the UK with over 330 shops and restaurants, opened in 1999 and is situated in the Stone Ward of the Borough. The local employment prospects created by the centre are vast; the construction of the centre alone created around 6500 jobs, and now the centre employs over 7000 people. The centre attracts around 27 million visitors per yea