A recent survey shows that people feel more secure thanks to measures introduced by Sheffield City Council trying to deal with anti-social behaviour in the city.
The survey, commissioned by the local authority, suggests that Sheffielders’ perceptions of ‘vandalism, graffiti and other deliberate damage’ as a problem had dropped from 40% in 2008 to 35% in 2009. The Lib-Dems who control the Council say that the figure had risen from 36% to 40% between 2006 and 2008 under Labour.
Also, the number of people in Sheffield with a high perception of anti social behaviour in 2008 was 22.7%. The 2009 survey shows a reduction in Sheffield to 19.1%, below the national average of 22.1%.
Cllr Bob McCann, Liberal Democrat Cabinet Member for Housing and Safer Sustainable Communities said, “When we took over from Labour in 2008 we said we would deal with crime and anti-social behaviour more effectively. Whilst there is still a long way to go, these latest figures prove that we are on the right track. It goes to show that tough and effective action by the Liberal Democrats has a much greater effect than Labour’s all spin but no substance approach.”
Last year, the local authority invested in an additional graffiti-clean-up-team who cleaned an extra 2,130 square metres of graffiti compared to the year before. Lib Dems also launched an annual Sheffield Spring Clean event.
Sheffield City Council also funded an extra 15 Police Community Support Officers out on the beat to help make neighbourhoods safer. Additionally, the city is the first urban area in the country to roll out Community Justice Panels.