Residents asked to have their say on local crime priorities

Residents are being asked to complete a short survey about what the local crime priorities should be for the Island.

The online study has been launched today (Tuesday 19 March) by the Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership (CSP) and seeks views from everyone living and working on the Island.

It can be completed at the following link: and it ends at 5pm on Friday 30 April.

“I would urge Islanders to have their say and let us know the issues that are important to them within their own communities,” said Councillor Tig Outlaw, Cabinet member for community safety and public protection.

“A major plus for the Island is our safe and strong communities, and research does bear out the Isle of Wight is one of the safest places to live in the UK. However, the council and its partners are keen to make it even safer and we need help in understanding where we should focus our strategy so please ask family, friends and neighbours to fill it in.”

Amanda Gregory, Chair of CSP, added: “The Isle of Wight Community Safety Partnership brings together several organisations working together to tackle, prevent and reduce crime and anti-social behaviour and the survey results will be used to help to focus the CSP’s strategy for the coming year.”

Superintendent Sarah Jackson, who oversees policing on the Isle of Wight, said: “Each year the Community Safety Partnership survey has seen an increased number of responses, which helps us to build a more complete picture of the issues that matter to people living across the Island.

“My teams set monthly priorities for policing on the Island, but the survey will help to guide our work and that of the other organisations involved in the Partnership.

“People living and working on the Island can get involved in the Community Safety Partnership in a number of ways. This ranges from completing the survey to volunteering their time for one of the agencies in the partnership. Examples include; joining the Special Constabulary or becoming part of our Independent Advisory Group (IAG).

“There’s information about these opportunities on the Hampshire Constabulary website. Equally we are keen to identify members of the community who wish to get involved in keeping their own communities safe and you can register an interest via the survey”.