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Title: THORPE CLOSE NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING INITIATIVE


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THORPE CLOSE NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICING INITIATIVE
PC 2372 Chris Barton PC 1972 Gareth Pearson PC
1842 Steve Armes Fiona Fisher - Community Gateway
Housing
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THORPE CLOSE NEIGHBOURHOOD
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ANALYSIS Sources of Information
  • Community Gateway
  • Loss of revenue Voids Unreported
    Damage/Costs Problem Tenants
  • Local Councillors/Residents
  • EVA Windmill Association Surveys Surgeries
  • Police Data Recording Systems
  • Crime Calls to Service Custody
    Intelligence

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THORPE HOUSE
  • 35 of dwellings are void
  • Dwellings used as postal addresses subjected to
    illegal occupiers
  • Legitimate tenants abandon property leaving keys
    for persons unknown
  • Dwellings used as open houses
  • 60 of tenants warned regarding anti-social
    behaviour
  • Dwellings difficult to let 4.6 offers made on
    each dwelling
  • 64 of tenants do not sustain tenancy for more
    than 2 yrs

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LOCAL COUNCILLORS
  • Environmental Visual Audit
  • Poorly maintained areas
  • Poor security features
  • Damage

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RESIDENTS QUOTES
When I first moved in it was a lovely area to
live, now its a dump (12 year tenant)
There seems to be a lot of people who look like
drug addicts hanging around (7 year
tenant)
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RESIDENTS QUOTES
The area has now become a drug zone, dealers are
coming and going every hour. The flats in the
corner of Thorpe Close need to come down
(2 year tenant)
I wont go out after dark (5 year tenant)
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RESIDENTS QUOTES
I dont feel safe, my door is double locked all
day (13 year tenant)
I had a brick put through my window, Id like to
see this estate cleaned up and back to the lovely
community we had (15 year tenant)
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UNDER-REPORTING
  • COMMUNITY GATEWAY POLICY
  • Repairs of damage
  • RESIDENTS
  • Fear of reprisals
  • Lack of trust

The Council and Police take no notice when you
ring up (12 year tenant)
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Friday 28th November 2003 A Typical Day in the
Area
  • 10am
  • Approximately 15 known drug users seen to visit
    certain addresses, known for drug dealing, for
    short periods before leaving again
  • Local youths seen running to and from an
    unconnected address where young offenders
    frequented. One of the youths was on bail at the
    time for a burglary on Thorpe Close
  • Vagrant found sleeping on a communal landing in
    Thorpe House with human faeces nearby
  • 6.30pm
  • Within a half hour period a different set of
    known drug users seen visiting the area
  • A couple staggered through the estate swearing
    and shouting at each other in a drunken stupor on
    their way home
  • Common prostitute arrested outside Thorpe House

NO INCIDENTS REPORTED TO POLICE
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PROBLEM ANALYSISTRIANGLE
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Features of the Location
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Features of the Victim
  • High fear of crime, siege mentality
  • Lack of faith in Police Community Gateway
  • Repeat Victims / Tenants from vulnerable groups

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Features of the Offender
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SPIRAL OF DECLINE
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NEIGHBOURHOOD IMPACT
  • Incidents 2003
  • Incidents 2004

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Project Objectives
  • 50 Reduction in Crime/Disorder
  • Damage, Violent Crime, Burglary, Drugs
  • 30 Reduction in Calls to Service
  • Reduction in maintenance costs Damage
  • Increased Revenue Voids Damage
  • Community Empowerment/Ownership
  • Reduced Fear of Crime
  • Multi-Agency Neighbourhood Policing Model

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RESPONSE - Police
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RESPONSE - Community
  • Feedback from Surveys
  • Setup of weekly joint surgeries
  • Re-invigorate Reporting of Incidents
  • Windmill Community Association

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RESPONSE
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  • THORPE HOUSE OPTION APPRAISAL
  • Current Condition Maintained
  • Refurbishment
  • Demolition

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ASSESSMENT Police Figures to year end 2005
  • 55 Reduction in Overall Crime
  • 47 Damage Reduction
  • 60 Violent Crime Reduction
  • 83 Burglary Reduction
  • 86 Drugs Reduction
  • 40 Reduction in Calls to Service
  • Increased Reporting

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ASSESSMENT Police 2006 Update
  • 91 Reduction in Overall Crime
  • Damage 93 Reduction (1 crime)
  • Violent Crime No recorded offences
  • Burglary 83 Reduction (1 crime)
  • Drugs No recorded offences
  • 86 Reduction in Calls to Service

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ASSESSMENT - Community
  • Empowerment/Ownership
  • Reduced Fear of Crime
  • Increased Reporting
  • Restoration of Community Pride

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DIFFICULTIES ENCOUNTERED
  • Initial lack of ownership by Gateway
  • 32 staff in 18 months
  • Initial community mistrust
  • Thorpe House
  • One flat privately owned

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ASSESSMENT Why Did it Work
  • POP Process
  • Breaking cycle of Problem tenants Associates
  • Froze the Problem
  • Evictions
  • Re-housing of legitimate tenants
  • Partnership Working

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