Jo puts residents’ crime fears to Police chief

Jo Swinson with police officer

The major survey of residents views on crime received over 700 responses


East Dunbartonshire’s top Police chief Calum Murray has been presented with the results of a local crime survey by Jo Swinson MP.

The survey, which was carried out by East Dunbartonshire Liberal Democrats, received over 700 responses from local residents. Key findings include:

• 31% of respondents said they felt unsafe going out after dark

• 93% of people were in favour of doubling the sentence for carrying a knife from 2 to 4 years

• Anti-social behaviour and graffiti were rated as the most common forms of crime in the constituency

• 87% of people favour of more police over introduction of ID cards

• 65% said they would make use of East Dunbartonshire Council’s anti-social behaviour helpline

After meeting with Superintendent Murray, Jo Swinson commented:

“The results of this survey spell out the most pressing issues for local people in relation to crime. Anti-social behaviour is the biggest concern for most people, with many residents now fearful to leave their homes at night.

“I have passed the views of residents directly to East Dunbartonshire’s top Police officer. We discussed the issues raised by the crime survey and he gave assurances that the views of local people would directly shape his approach to tackling crime in this area.

“Liberal Democrats in Scotland have put forward a strong set of law and order proposals. These include funding 1,000 extra community police officers, 16 more across East Dunbartonshire, to tackle anti-social behaviour, as well as introducing maximum 7 year sentences for knife crimes. At Westminster, I and my Liberal Democrat colleagues will continue to fight Labour’s expensive, intrusive and ineffective ID cards scheme.”


Summary of key findings:

• 28% of respondents felt more at risk from crime than last year

• 31% of respondents said they felt unsafe going out after dark

• 93% of respondents were in favour of doubling the sentence for carrying a knife from 2 years to four years

• Graffiti (18%) and Anti-Social Behaviour (18%) were seen as the most common forms of crime in the constituency

• Domestic abuse was recorded as 0%, possibly suggesting a problem of abuse going unreported

• Anti-social behaviour caused the most anxiety (21%) and 65% of respondents said they would make use of the Council’s anti-social behaviour helpline.

• 87% of respondents favoured more police over introduction of ID cards

Results of crime survey:

There were 739 respondents, 46% were aged 65+, 38% were aged 45 – 65, 15% were aged 25 – 45, 1% were under 25, 54% of those who responded were male, 46% of those who responded were female

Q1: Do you feel more or less at risk of crime than one year ago?

• 70% responded “Same,” 28% responded “More at Risk, ” 2% responded “Less at Risk.”

Q2: Do you feel safe when you go out and about in our local area in daytime?

• 60% responded “Fairly Safe, “36% responded “Very Safe,” 2% responded “Not very safe,” 2% responded “Never go out.”

Q3: Do you feel safe when you go out and about in our local area after dark?

• 5% responded “Very safe,” 46% responded “Fairly Safe,” 31% responded “Not very Safe,” 5% responded “Very Unsafe,” 13% responded “Never go out.”

Q4: Do you feel safe in your own home?

• 42% responded “Very Safe,” 53% responded “Fairly Safe,” 4% responded “Not very safe, “1% responded “Very unsafe”

Q5a: Do you feel safe when using Public Transport: Train

• 22% responded “Very Safe,” 65% responded “Fairly safe,” 12% responded “Not very safe,” 1% responded “Very unsafe”

Q5b: Do you feel safe when using Public Transport: Subway

• 15% responded “Very Safe,” 64% responded “Fairly Safe,” 18% responded “Not very Safe,” 3% responded “Very unsafe”

Q5c: Do you feel safe when using Public Transport: Buses

• 20% responded very safe, 62% responded Fairly Safe, 14% responded Not very safe, 4% responded very unsafe

Q6: LibDems in the Scottish Parliament plan to double the sentence for possession of a knife, from 2 to 4 years. Do you support this policy?

• 93% responded “Yes,” 2% responded “No, “4% responded “unsure”

Q7:Have you suffered a crime in our local area in the last 6 months and if so, what type of crime was this and where it occurred (choose all that apply)

• No Crime – 39%, Graffiti – 18%, Burglary – 2%, Domestic – 0%, Street Crime – 3%, Verbal abuse – 7%, Anti Social Behaviour – 18%, Car Crime – 7%, Assault – 1%, Racial – 0%, Other – 5%

Q8: The last time you were a victim of crime did you report it to the police?

• Yes – 80%, No – 17%, Won’t Say – 3%

Q9: If you did report the crime were you satisfied with the police response?

• Yes – 68%, No – 28%, Won’t say – 4%

Q10: If you didn’t report the crime, why didn’t you?

• Someone else reported – 12%, Didn’t know how – 0%, Too long – 8%, Crime unimportant – 28%, Couldn’t find police – 2%, Thought police wouldn’t act – 43%, Report to another person – 3%, Other – 6%

Q11: Do you think East Dunbartonshire is a good place to live?

• 82% responded “yes,” 14% responded “neither,” 4% responded no

Q12: Is your view affected by the level of crime in our area?

• 72% responded “yes, “20% responded “no, “8% responded “to some extent

Q13: Which types of crimes cause you the most fear or anxiety?

• Graffitti – 12%, Burglary – 19%, Domestic – 1%, Street Crime – 15%, Verbal Abuse – 5%, Anti Social Behaviour – 21%, Car Crime – 10%, Assault – 14%, Racial – 2%, Other – 1%

Q13: East Dunbartonshire Council has recently set up a 24 hour freephone helpline (08000 13 12 09) to contact the Council’s Anti Social Behaviour team. Do you think you will make use of the helpline to report anti social behaviour to the Council?

• Yes – 65%, No – 7%, Unsure – 28%

Q14: The Labour Government is introducing a National ID card, costing billions. LibDems want to spend the money on Police Officers for Scotland’s streets, What do you think is the best way to fight crime?

• ID Cards – 13%, More Police – 87%

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