The reduction of alcohol related crime is one of the top priorities for Watford’s Community Safety Partnership – an organisation which brings together many key agencies in the town from the council, police, fire and NHS.
And the partnership has launched a survey for local people to relay their experiences and help the partnership prevent more people from becoming victims.
“Alcohol-related crime is already low, with the number of crimes associated with the night-time economy in the town centre lower than last year” explained Cate Call, Executive Director for Watford Borough Council, and chair of Safer Watford.
“As a partnership, we know quite a lot about who typically commits alcohol-related crime but not as much about the impact on those who are affected by it.”
But the more information the Partnership has on people who have been affected by this problem, the better they will be able to deal with it, and further reduce the numbers of incidents in coming years.
Information on times, places or people who may be vulnerable to these increasingly rare, but still unwanted occurrences will be used alongside with police records to build on schemes already in place in the town.
The survey, which is entirely confidential, can be found at http://tinyurl.com/watford-alcohol-study. People can also email their experiences in confidence to Watford Borough Council at firstname.lastname@example.org before 14 December 2011.