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PCC reports police performance shows improvements

Avon & Somerset

Police & Crime Plan

The first results since the introduction of Commissioner Sue Mountstevens Police and Crime Plan show improvements in performance by Avon and Somerset Police.

The Plan's priority areas, anti-social behaviour, tackling burglary, domestic and sexual violence and victim satisfaction show improvements from April to June, 2013 compared to this time last year.

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) Sue Mountstevens said: “This is a really promising start by the Constabulary.

“Obviously these results capture just a small window but it’s good to be able to share with residents how the police are doing.

“I don’t think we should shy away from the areas that need improving. I think by being open and honest with residents it gives us all a better sense of how we can work together to make our communities even safer and encourage people to report crimes.

“Burglary will continue to be a focus. Around 30 per cent of all burglaries could have been avoided, because burglars got in through open windows or unlocked doors. I am keen that we all do what we can to avoid opportunist thieves.”

Since PCC Sue Mountstevens launched the Plan the Government announced another further cut to police funding, on top of £40 million savings already found since 2010. 

June’s announcement signalled a £14m funding gap for Avon and Somerset over the next two years and Sue Mountstevens says she remains committed to improving policing for local people.

Sue added: “I have no doubt that it’s going to be a tough job over the next two years. You can only go on cutting for so long. I will be working very closely with the Chief Constable. We will both be watching performance and making sure that the service residents receive does not suffer as a result of fewer resources."

Results to June 2013*

Anti-social behaviour:

  • Victim satisfaction increased from 81.5% satisfied to 83.9%
  • Proportion of ASB cases fully resolved remains at 38.6%.


  • There have been 450 fewer burglaries across Avon and Somerset.
  • The amount of burglaries that have been reported and solved has increased from 11.6% to 13.1%.

Domestic and sexual violence

  • Reported serious sexual offences have increased by 7% so far this year
  • The amount of serious sexual offences reported that have been solved remains strong at 30.4%
  • Reported domestic violence has fallen by around 4% with around 440 fewer incidents reported so far this year.
  • Reporting of sexual and domestic violence remains a priority for the PCC and work is underway with the police and partners to increase people’s confidence to report.


Victim satisfaction

  • Victim satisfaction has risen from 86.7% satisfied to 87.4%.

Additional areas of work

  • Road safety was identified as an additional priority issue for residents. The Commissioner requested a review of the effectiveness of fixed speed and red light cameras, mobile cameras and speed awareness courses in April 2013 alongside a review of potential costs and revenues.
  • The PCC also requested a review of the way voluntary initiatives such as Community Speedwatch were supported.

Since then:

  • Discussions on fixed cameras are on-going with local authorities and the Chief Constable.
  • Some additional support has been found to help with the administration of local Community Speedwatch schemes.

Sue Mountstevens will be publishing performance results every three-months here.

The Police and Crime Plan including six local level plans were published on March 31 and are updated annually following consultation with people living and working in Avon and Somerset.

NOTE - *(percentage change since March 2013 based on rolling 12 months) 

Posted on Thursday 22nd August 2013
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