Cumbria is a relatively safe place in which to live, work and visit. In many areas, crime and community safety issues are better than the national and / or North West regional average. There are, however, some areas of concern. An overview of the issues facing Cumbria and its districts can be found within the Current briefings, summaries and resources section below.
Current Cumbria Observatory Briefings, Summaries & Resources
Crime response and management is covered by a range of legislation. Local authorities and police services have a duty, under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, to work together to develop crime and disorder audits and to implement crime and disorder reduction strategies, in addition to working in partnership with other agencies via Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) to tackle any problems identified. A strategic assessment of crime and community safety in Cumbria is produced annually.
The annual crime and community safety assessment provides the county council and other responsible authorities with an understanding of the levels and patterns of crime, disorder and substance misuse in the county and local areas by providing statistical analysis and information about crime, changes and patterns over time. The aim of the assessment is to highlight the county’s priorities for the responsible authorities working together to tackle crime, disorder and substance misuse. It provides the evidence base for the development of Cumbria’s Community Safety Agreement by helping to identify and prioritise the resources and interventions required to combat crime and disorder.
The assessment provides a broad picture of community safety in Cumbria. In addition to analysing and presenting community safety data, the Community Safety Strategic Assessment gives an overview of the main experiences and concerns of local residents.
The annual assessment for 2020-21 can be accessed here:
Key Data Sources
- Department for Transport (reported road casualties)
- English Indices of Deprivation
- Ministry of Justice (youth justice annual statistics)
- Ministry of Justice (re-offending statistics)
- Office for National Statistics
- Crime Survey for England and Wales
- Public Health England (Local Alcohol Profiles)
- Public Health Outcomes Framework (hospital admissions for violent crime)
- Public Health: Wider Determinants of Health
- Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Misuse Health Needs Assessment
- Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service Integrated Risk Management Plan 2019-23
- Crown Prosecution Service, Violence Against Women and Girls Report
- HMICFRS report “Hate Crime: what do victims tell us?”
- MAPPA Annual Report
- ONS, domestic abuse in England and Wales
- ONS, drug misuse in England and Wales
- Domestic Abuse Supported Accommodation Needs Assessment for Cumbria
- Cumbria Constabulary
- Cumbria County Council Community Safety
- Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service
- Cumbria Police and Crime Commissioner
- Cumbria Road Safety Partnership
- Home Office
- UK Legislation
Archived Cumbria Observatory Briefings, Summaries & Resources
- Crime and Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2019-20
- Crime and Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2018-19
- Crime and Community Safety Strategic Assessment 2017-18
- JSNA Staying Safe Chapter (August 2016)
- Avoidable Mortality: Road Traffic Collisions (April 2015)
Frequently Asked Questions
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