What are the key issues?
Despite reductions in overall crime, offences of violence are following an increasing trend. This has also recently been seen in offences of domestic related burglary.
Increases in reports of sexual offences area also emerging, however, a high proportion of these are historical offences.
There has been an increase in anti-social behaviour in the town centre of Stockton and its surrounding areas that are linked to the misuse of alcohol, in particular by adults during the daytime.
The consumption of alcohol and/or drugs remains high and plays an integral role in violent crime.
The true extent of the different themes and contributory factors associated with crime types remain difficult to assess due to data quality.
Repeat victimisation exists within all categories of crime; however, criminal damage and violence are the most common.
Difficulties remain in data collection relating to repeat victimisation and sharing of this information between partner agencies.
Victims of particular crimes such as domestic abuse are more vulnerable than others, however, there are limited interventions specifically focused on other crime groups.
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Data collection is difficult when reviewing and identifying troubled families in Stockton-On-Tees.
There are several areas within Stockton-On-Tees that suffer from disproportionate levels of crime and disorder. This correlates with high levels of substance misuse in those areas.
The levels of alcohol-related violence and anti-social behaviour are the higher in Stockton town centre and its surrounding areas.
It is difficult to analyse local authority and police data sets relating to location.
There are three electoral wards that have the highest crime rates every year; however, there are a number of wards which have lower crime rates, but they have higher levels of demand and are vulnerable to a variety of crime types.
In Stockton-On-Tees, the consultation processes with residents are not robust.
Substance misuse and reducing re-offending related services are not organised around working in specific localities. This can lead to service/staff not being aware of local issues or linked into local action plans
There continues to be a reduction in funding to key public sector agencies that will affect service delivery. Financial pressures could lead to changes in resident’s behaviour which could result in a rise in crime.