The annual report on Jersey’s community safety and substance misuse strategy shows that recorded crime fell to its lowest since 2005, and that issues involving young people fell significantly.
The report, Building a Safer Society, sets benchmarks against which the Island’s safety is measured. The annual report shows that in 2012:
• overall recorded crime was the lowest since the strategy started in 2005
• issues involving young people fell significantly
• more people felt safer in their neighbourhoods in 2012 than in 2005.
However, it also showed that:
• 11% of recorded crime was linked to domestic abuse,
o more than half of all domestic incidents involved children, and
o over half also involved alcohol
• there has been an increase in night-time assaults in St Helier, but still below 2010 figures
• alcohol consumption has fallen but is still higher than the UK, France, Germany and elsewhere
Home Affairs Minister Senator Ian Le Marquand said: “The results in this report illustrate the dedication of the many people delivering initiatives. The statistics show that the work by States departments, charity, community, and faith-based groups is working and, together, the groups are ensuring our children can grow up in a much safer society.
“However, it also shows that alcohol remains an issue. While consumption has fallen, it is still comparatively higher than other, similar, places and remains a factor in many domestic incidents and night-time assaults.”
Report key findings
The benchmarks set out in BaSS relate to three objectives. They provide a way of measuring the success of the work of States departments, charity, community, and faith-based groups in meeting those objectives.
Objective: “Create a safer environment by reducing crime, public disorder and antisocial behaviour”
• Recorded crime – drop to 39/1000 – improvement on last year’s dramatic fall to 41 crimes per 1,000. which in itself was a 13% decrease compared to 2010. (page 7).
• Includes a drop in the crimes committed due to SOJP targeting priority offending, eg: breaking and entering, Taking and driving away vehicles (page 10).
• Youth crime continues in free-fall: 2.9% of all young people aged 14-17yrs as opposed to 6.3% in 2010. (page 12)
• Only 6 admissions to the Young Offenders Institution at HMP La Moye; 41 in 2010 (page14)
• Jersey multi-agency public protection arrangements introduced in 2011 – 88% (54) of offenders managed under these arrangements have not been re-convicted (page 10).
• However, night-time assaults in town are up, but still way below 2010 figures (page 11).
Objective: “Provide people with opportunities to develop their potential as active and responsible members of society”
• Success of street-based youth work, Youth Enquiry Service and community sports development (page 19).
• Unauthorised school absences significantly below those in the UK. there has been a dramatic downward trend in unauthorised absences in the last eight years (03/04 – 11/12) in Jersey which compares very favourably with the UK (page 20)
Objective: “Reduce the harm caused by drugs, alcohol and solvents”
• Dramatic decrease in under-25 drug users going through ADS from 155 in 2005 to 23 in 2012
• Very low numbers (7) of young people referred to ADS – 52 in 2008 (page 23).
• Alcohol consumption significant drop since 1999 – 17 to 13 litres of pure alcohol (page 25)
• Reduction in the issue of syringes and incidence of needle-sharing correlates with the perceived reduction in heroin availability in the Island (page 26)
• In the courts, much smaller numbers, but a large rise in offenders completing their drug treatment orders and improving their general well-being which can be measured (page 31).
• Drug seizures at the borders significantly up, but most due to the Post Office campaign intercepting mostly new synthetic drugs (page 32).
• However, alcohol consumption is still higher than comparator countries (page 25)