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Community Safety Partnership

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

Community Safety Survey 2019 Findings

A public opinion survey was conducted between 18 February and 3 March 2019 which was made available on both ours and Dartford Borough Councils website and via each Borough’s social media platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. People who either live or work in Dartford or Gravesham were invited to complete the survey which asked them to identify those community safety issues that, in their experience, were of the greatest concern in their neighbourhood.

A total of 420 people responded.

  • 299 (71.19%) Lived or worked in Gravesham
  • 121 (28.81%) Lived or worked in Dartford.

Respondents were asked to select the single most important issue in their local area. 407 people answered this question and the vast majority stated that ASB was their main concern with 40.05% of respondents choosing it.

Once people had identified what they felt was the most important issue in their area, they were also asked to choose their top three concerns within that category.

ASB

ASB had 163 respondents, 40% of the total vote.

Top 3 issues within this category

Of 154 respondents to this question:

  • Fly-tipping 65 (42%)
  • Using/dealing drugs 62 (40%)
  • Noisy/rowdy behaviour 61 (39%)

Property crime

Property crime had 94 respondents, 23% of the total vote.

Top 3 issues within this category

Of 85 respondents to this question:

  • Residential burglary 81 (95%)
  • Shed/garage breaks 63 (74%)
  • Theft of motor vehicles 49 (57%)

Town centre safety

Town centre safety had 80 respondents, 20% of the total vote.

Top 3 issues within this category

Of 71 respondents to this question:

  • Groups gathering on the street 45 (63%)
  • Violence in the evening/NTE 43 (60%)
  • Public place violence 27 (38%)

Violence

Violence had 37 respondents, 10% of the total vote.

Top 3 issues within this category

Of 34 respondents to this question:

  • Youth violence 22 (65%)
  • Gun/knife crime 19 (56%)
  • Robbery 16 (47%)

Substance misuse

Substance misuse had 33 respondents, 8% of the total vote.

Top 3 issues within this category

Of 29 respondents to this question:

  • Drug dealing 24 (83%)
  • Class A drug use 17 (59%)
  • Cannabis use (45%)

Breakdown of respondents who completed the survey

Age

Age of respondents who completed the survey
Age Percentage
18-24 3.5%
25-34 9.0%
35-44 14.5%
45-54 27.0%
55-64 27.0%

Ethnicity

Ethnicity of respondents who completed the survey
Ethnicity Percentage
White British 88.0%
White Irish 2.5%
White Other 3.0%
White and Black African 1.0%
Any other mixed background 0.25%

Gender

Gender of respondents who completed the survey
Gender Percentage
Male 30.5%
Female 66.5%
Transgender 0.25%
Not provided 2.75%

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