Safer Merton opens its ears to residents

Tackling anti-social behaviour and alcohol-related incidents are just two of Safer Merton’s top priorities after the crime-busting team carried out a survey to find out residents’ biggest concerns.

Local people said that anti-social behaviour, youth crime, substance misuse, road safety and alcohol abuse were among their biggest worries.

The Safer Merton Partnership, which brings together council, police and other agencies to reduce crime, has included tackling the number of burglaries in the borough, combating youth crime and addressing domestic violence as well as combating anti-social behaviour and alcohol abuse in its top five priorities for 2008-9.

The team’s efforts to make sure residents are safe and feel secure come just as West Barnes was named one of the top ten London areas with the lowest number of domestic burglaries. Merton as a borough has the third lowest level of crime in the whole of London.

A total of 130 residents filled in the Safer Merton Joint Strategic Assessment survey, and Anthony Pearce of Wimbledon received £200 in high street shopping vouchers after all the respondents were entered into a prize draw.

Assistant Chief Executive at Merton Council Abdool Kara said: “This is a clear example of how we are listening to residents, putting their views first and shaping our priorities around tackling their main concerns.

“I am delighted so many people filled in the Safer Merton survey and congratulations must go to Mr Pearce who won the prize draw.

“I am now hoping even more people will fill in the Safer Merton surveys which we will be doing annually from now on.”

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