This section of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) considers Crime and Disorder Issues. Crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) rates are key factors for local residents in determining a good place to live. The impact of crime on wellbeing is significant and negatively affects ill-health, hospital admissions, new business start-ups and community cohesion.
Social risk factors for involvement in criminal activity, including family factors, community factors, education, financial deprivation, alcohol and drug misuse overlap as important factors for general health and wellbeing.
Bexley Corporate Priorities
In 2017 London Borough of Bexley launched their new Corporate Plan Brilliant Bexley, shaping our future together. Along with the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy, the plan sets out the Council’s vision for the future and the outcomes they want to achieve for the borough and its residents. It also details how the Council will provide resources and work with local people and organisations to achieve the outcomes, which are set out under five priorities:
- Growth that benefits all
- Clean and green local places
- Part A: Strong and resilient communities
- Part B: Strong and resilient families
- Living well
- Innovation and self-sufficient
In summary the strong and resilient communities priorities contain outcomes relating to safety in that Bexley is a safe place to live, work, play and study. Crime rates remains low and people feel safe on their streets and in their town centres. Residents do not fear for their personal safety and diversity is welcomed and embraced. Family relationships are healthy and any victim of domestic abuse, sexual and physical abuse can seek safety. In terms of offenders, they are brought to justice and measures are in place to prevent reoffending.