The majority of people in Suffolk ‘feel safe’, according to a survey published by the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner today.
More police officers and more visible policing were on most interviewees’ wish-lists, along with action on speeding, anti-social behaviour and child protection.
The survey also shows that while young people think the police are dealing with the things that matter, they are most likely to think that the police do not treat everyone fairly.
Suffolk PCC Tim Passmore said: “This is an important piece of work which gives me a clear picture of the general state of policing and community safety across the county and I am very pleased to see that overall the picture is very positive.
“It is very encouraging to see that 92 per cent of the people surveyed said they feel safe in the area in which they live.
“I am also very pleased that, compared to the last survey, more people felt that anti-social behaviour in their area had reduced.
“Reducing ASB is an important aspect of my Police and Crime Plan and has been a high priority for the Constabulary this year. I am pleased this focus is having an impact, although I appreciate there is still work to do because less people generally felt the police are dealing with things that matter in their community than at the time of the last survey.”
The survey was conducted late last year among 3,472 Suffolk residents selected to represent the county’s population by age, ethnicity, gender and district.
There were local differences, in Ipswich 12.8 per cent did not feel safe in their neighbourhood, compared to only 3.9 per cent in Mid Suffolk.
People aged 75 and over have the highest feeling of safety at 96 per cent and are less likely to want to pay more for policing.