Devon Strategic Assessment 2014-15 – Glossary and appendices


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Phrase Explanation
Acquisitive crime Group of crime types including burglary, vehicle-related thefts, all other types of thefts and handling stolen goods.  Serious acquisitive crime refers only to dwelling burglary, robbery, thefts of and thefts from vehicles.
Addaction Leading UK charity rebuilding lives affected by drugs and alcohol -part of RISE in Devon.
ARID Assault Related Injuries Database (in hospital emergency departments) – Exeter RDE, Torbay & North Devon in Barnstaple have provided data. Derriford in Plymouth may in the future. Smaller community hospitals in Devon are being added e.g. Newton Abbot.
ASB Anti-Social Behaviour
AUR Automatic Unconditional Release from prison – short term sentences normally.
BCS (CSEW) British Crime Survey – called the Crime Survey for England & Wales (CSEW) from April 2011
BME Black and minority ethnic (population) – sometimes referred to as BAME
Channel The process for dealing with Prevent radicalisation referrals.
CRC Community Rehabilitation Company – Probation section dealing with medium & low risk offenders – Dorset, Devon & Cornwall CRC is the local Company. See NPS
CSP Community Safety Partnerships. Statutory
DCLG Department of Communities & Local Government
DCPT Devon & Cornwall Probation Trust
Deprivation / deprived areas The Index of Multiple Deprivation 2010 combines a number of indicators covering a range of economic, social and housing issues into a single score for each small area in England. This allows each small area to be ranked relatively to one another (between 1 and 32,482 where the rank of 1 is the most deprived). A ’deprived’ area is ranked in the most deprived 20% of areas nationally.
DDAS Devon Domestic Abuse Service (previously Splitz)
DSVA Domestic & Sexual Violence Abuse Alliance
ED Emergency department (previously known as Accident & Emergency).
EDP Exeter Drug Project – combined with Addaction to provide RISE in Devon.
EHRC Equality & Human Rights Commission; the Report Hidden in Plain Sight contains their findings of their comprehensive inquiry into disability hate crime and local authority responses.
Hate crime Any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by a hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation.
Have Your Say (HYS) Led by Local Police Teams a group of local councillors and members of the public identify and prioritise local crime based issues. Identified priorities can be tackled by police sometimes in collaboration with local councils.
IDVA Independent Domestic Violence Advocate
IOM Integrated Offender Management called Turnaround across the Peninsula. Multi-agency team to tackle those with the highest risk of reoffending.
IOM National Trading Standard Board’s Intelligence Operating Model
ISVA Independent Sexual Violence Advocate
iQuanta A restricted source of national crime data available at several geographies the smallest being Community Safety Partnership. iQuanta data can be used to compare local areas with similarly sized areas elsewhere in the country (see MSF).
KSI Killed or Serious Injured in relation to vehicle collisions.
LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender
LSOA Lower Super Output Area – an area with approximately 1,500 people often used to produce the lowest geographical level of data. eg Unemployment, Benefits
MAPPA Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (Prevent)
MASH Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub
MARAC Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference
MSF Most Similar Family Groups of Community Safety Partnerships areas or police forces that are closest in terms of characteristics such as population structure. They are used to compare performance between similar areas using the iQuanta system.
NPS National Probation Service – Probation section dealing with high risk offenders. See CRC
NPS New Psychoactive Substances – sometimes call “Legal Highs”.
Neighbourhoods A geographical area used by the police to represent locally recognised areas – there are 96 neighbourhoods in the Devon area.
NTE Night Time Economy In this assessment the Night Time Economy is defined as being from 9 p.m.  Friday evening until 6.00 a.m. Saturday morning and the same times for Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
OPCC Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner
PACT Partners And Community Together since replaced by Have Your Say
Population Unless otherwise stated all rates per 1,000 population use PPSA data dated April 2013.
Porch Prolific Offender Resettlement through Coordinated Housing – an Exeter based charity finding housing for released offenders.
PPSA Patient and Practitioner Services Agency population estimates provided by Public Health and based on Doctors’ records. Can be used to calculate small area populations.
PPO Prolific & Priority Offender
PREVENT A group whose aim is tackle extremism in Devon
PSA Peninsula Strategic Assessment
Purple Flag A new accreditation scheme that recognises excellence in the management of town/city centres at night – aims to raise standards and improve quality.
RISE Recovery & Integration Service to help rebuild lives affected by alcohol and drugs. Currently served in Devon by Addaction and EDP together.
RTA/RTC Road Traffic Accident or Collision
SARC Sexual Assault Referral Centre
SDVC Specialist Domestic Violence Court
SEEDS Survivors Empowering and Educating Domestic Abuse Services
STRA Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment Matrix – tool used to identify priorities
SPOC Single Points of Contact for the Prevent group
Street Pastors Christian volunteers who look out for and help vulnerable on the streets at night, generally in night time economy areas.
TurnAround Reoffending strategy to tackle highest risk offenders (see IOM).
UDS monthly crime data provided by Devon & Cornwall Police
Violent crime Group of crime types comprising violence against the person, sexual offences and robbery.
YOT/YOS Youth Offending Team/Service. Multi-agency team to tackle offending of offenders aged 10 to 17 years.


Further reading and contacts

For the local strategic assessments for the Peninsula partnerships, please follow the links below:

Peninsula Peninsula Strategic Assessment 2013-14
Plymouth Safer Plymouth Partnership Plan 2014-17
Cornwall Safer Cornwall Strategic Assessment 2013-14
Torbay Torbay Strategic Assessment
Devon Devon Strategic Assessment 2013-14 Technical Report.

For more information or further details on the work of local Community Safety Partnerships please contact:

Area Who to contact Email address
Devon (Safer Devon) Nicola Channon
Exeter Simon Lane
East Devon Gerry Moore
South Devon and Dartmoor Rebecca Hewitt
Mid Devon Julia Ryder
North Devon Tim Birtwhisle


Devon Strategic Assessment published in September 2015 and prepared by:

Safer Devon Partnership

With support from partnership officers and teams

  • Nicola Channon, Devon County Council
  • Shaun Carter, Devon County Council
  • Caroline Rae, Devon County Council

Devon and Cornwall Police analysts

  • Clare Gollop, Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Debbie Unwin, Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Jenna Thomas, Devon and Cornwall Police
  • Peninsula Crimes Analysts Group

Artwork and layout developed from the original design by Torbay Council Design Team (tel: 01803 208832).

We would like to thank the following agencies, partnerships and organisations who have provided data, material and/or comment on this profile’s content and supported us in its production:

  • Devon and Cornwall Police, with particular thanks to Data Services
  • Devon and Cornwall Probation Trust
  • Safer Devon Partnership
  • Safer North Devon
  • South Devon and Dartmoor Community Safety Partnership
  • Exeter Community Safety Partnership
  • East and Mid Devon Community Safety Partnership
  • Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT)
  • Devon Domestic & Sexual Violence Abuse Alliance (DVSA)
  • Youth Offending Teams and Services
  • Central and local TurnAround teams
  • Anti-Social Behaviour teams
  • Devon & Somerset Trading Standards Service
  • Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service
  • Devon Public Health
  • Devon Sustainable and Safer Travel


1 Notes on the data
2 Peninsula priority risks
3 Anti-social behaviour escalation process
4 “Family Group” of similar Community Safety Partnerships

1: Notes on the data

Interpretation of data

This report covers the 12 month period from 1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015. It builds on analysis undertaken in previous years and provides interpretation of patterns and trends both over the last 12 months and over the longer term. A minimum of five years’ data has been used to analyse long term trends in most cases.

Trend charts show the moving annual average which strips out seasonal differences and shows whether the underlying trend is one of improvement or deterioration.

Crime recording

The National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) was adopted in England and Wales in April 2002 with the aim of promoting greater consistency in crime recording between police forces, to reflect a more victim-orientated approach and to improve the quality of statistics. The initial effect was to sharply increase the volume of recorded crimes. On the whole the impact of NCRS had settled by the end of 2003/04 although we continued to see some local fluctuations for another 12 months and for this reason analysis of long term trends does not extend further back than 2004/05.

During 2012 a number of changes were made as the police started to make organisational changes as a result of the financial constraints. Some of these changes were around existing processes, including direct criming of incidents and to ensure compliance with national standards around incident and crime conversion.  As these have been implemented and reviewed this may have had an effect on recorded levels of violence.


In this document references to the summer period mean the months of June, July and August when crime is usually at its peak, particularly in holiday towns such as Newquay, Torquay, Teignbridge and St Ives.

Some fluctuation in crime levels will occur even in non-seasonal areas but in others the change is substantial and predictable and resources can be positioned to manage the anticipated extra demand.

Comparing performance

To make a meaningful assessment of crime levels across the Peninsula, it is useful to have a comparative measure and for the purposes of this assessment we have made geographical (both local and national) comparisons and comparisons over time:

  • Current levels of crime compared with last year (2013/14) and over the longer term (three years of more).
  • Local comparisons of crime rate per 1000 population for community safety partnership / local authority areas and police-defined neighbourhood areas
  • National comparisons of crime rate per 1000 population / households using the Home Office ‘iQuanta’ family groupings, which enable us to put crime in Devon and Cornwall into a wider geographical context.

iQuanta is a web-based tool for policing performance information and analysis, developed by the Police Standards Unit and the Home Office. Forces provide data monthly. One of the key functions of iQuanta is that it allows Police forces and Community Safety Partnership areas to compare their crime performance with other areas with similar characteristics, by grouping them into ‘families’.

Consultation with communities

Information about residents’ concerns is drawn from responses to Have Your Say consultations. Have Your Say (previously known as Partners and Communities Together or PACT) gives residents an opportunity to tell local services what matters in their local area and to get involved in finding solutions to specific problems. Local Have Your Say teams include representation from a range of agencies, including the police, local Council staff, Fire and Rescue and residents’ associations.

  • Residents can register their views at public meetings, at neighbourhood “surgeries”, via the neighbourhood policing website and using postcards and post boxes placed in prominent locations, such as post offices or a village shop.
  • Responses are currently collated by police neighbourhood, of which there are 217 across the Peninsula, including a number of “virtual” neighbourhoods for LGBT, BME and Traveller communities.

Measuring trends in reoffending

Measures of adult and youth proven reoffending uses the offender address recorded on the Police National Computer. Where information is missing then the location of police processing is used. In 2005 addressing data was missing in 16.5% of cases. It is reported this has subsequently improved.

Offenders that may be from another area may be included in local data and in addition, children who are looked after and placed outside of their usual area of residence will be counted in the area where their placement is. These factors could mean that figures do not always accurately reflect the local picture, especially seaside resorts with significant transient populations or areas with a lot of care homes. More information about these figures can be found on the Ministry of Justice website – Proven Reoffending Quarterly Statistics.

Assessing threat and risk

As part of the development of statutory Community Safety Partnership Plans, Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) are required to set their priorities based upon the findings from the evidence presented in their local Strategic Assessments.

Prioritisation involves understanding what poses the greatest threat or risk to the safety of the community. Some form of threat and risk assessment matrix approach is widely used by police forces and community safety partnerships across the UK. Locally, matrix-type approaches were already in use at Force level and in Cornwall and Torbay CSPs.

To support a more cohesive approach to understanding and addressing community safety issues across the Peninsula, the Peninsula Analysts’ Group developed a single Strategic Threat and Risk Assessment (STRA) matrix, to be used at both a local and Peninsula level to identify priorities.

The model includes extent, impact, trend, organisational harm, impact on vulnerable groups, financial impact and cost drivers, national / regional benchmarking and public concerns. Each element is given a score and the total score, which will fall between a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 46, determines the overall level of threat and risk (as shown in the table below).


Note: some issues may always score as high threat due to the very high numbers of crimes and incidents recorded. In this event it may be appropriate to retain the risk.

Data issues and knowledge gaps

In order to prepare a joint Peninsula strategic assessment, analysts representing each of the CSPs and the police worked together to develop a common approach to identifying priorities and analysing patterns and trends. This process immediately highlighted significant differences in the both the type and content of data sets provided by police and partners to the CSPs, as well as a range of other data issues and knowledge gaps.

The analysts’ group will be working together to address and resolve these as far as possible over the next 12 months and to progress some areas of joint research.

Particular areas identified include:

  • A universal police data set has been agreed but there remain issues to resolve around the accuracy and completeness of geographical referencing, identifying common units of geography that can be overlaid with non-police data and determining common characteristics of place
  • Universal data sets from other partners
  • Further development of the Cost Driver model and methodology
  • Consistency of collecting, collating and sharing Have Your Say data

2: Peninsula Priority Risks

Driving delivery against priority risks

Community Safety Partnerships (SP)across the Peninsula have collectively agreed a delivery route that will enable progress to be made and measured against those key crime and disorder issues, alongside an analytical strategy to develop a clearer picture of evolving risk.

1 Deliver progress against the two identified priorities through the formation of Peninsula Strategic Delivery Groups. CSP Chairs / Strategy Champions
2 Develop Peninsula Delivery Plans to deliver the objectives within both of the two priority themes, reflecting these where appropriate in local partnership and agency delivery plans. CSP Chairs / Strategy Champions
3 Tackle the underlying drivers that impact across the priority themes, ensuring effort is directed at young people, individuals and families with complex needs, problem drug and alcohol users, vulnerable victims and deprivation. CSP Chairs
4 Develop processes that embed sharing of best practice between places experiencing similar issues across the Peninsula. CSP Chairs with support from Peninsula Analysts
5 Measure, monitor, and improve performance against the Peninsula Delivery Plans through the use of effective measurements and targets. Strategic Delivery Groups
6 Debrief the PSA process to date, identifying learning points for a) future joint analysis and b) commissioning of other joint products or activities across CSPs. Analysts, Line Managers, CSP Chairs
7 Review the analytical capacity and capability across the Peninsula, in preparation for future demand for joint strategic analysis. CSP Chairs
8 Synchronise Community Safety Partnership Strategic Assessments to ensure effective delivery of the Peninsula Strategic Assessment. CSP Chairs
9 Carry out joint Peninsula-wide analysis to test specific  hypotheses, drawing on data, experience and resources from within police and CSPs. Peninsula Analysts to propose workplan to CSP Chairs

For 2014-15 the Peninsula Strategic Assessment is starting a new three year cycle with a new set of priorities/threats.

3: Anti Social Behaviour Escalation Process

Anti Social Behaviour ‘Escalation Process’ Explained



Stage 1


First Warning Letter


This is a first warning letter and it means your behaviour has come to the attention of the Police and or another agency dealing with the case.


You should take this warning seriously as causing more anti-social behaviour will lead to further action being taken.


A copy of this warning letter will be sent to the Anti Social Behaviour Coordinator and it will be kept on file for future reference.


You should consider contacting the person who sent you the letter to discuss the situation further.


Stage 2


Second Warning Letter


This warning letter has been given to you because despite previous warnings your anti-social behaviour has continued and it needs to change.


The letter will generally be served on you in person rather than posted. You are strongly advised not to ignore this warning and to heed the advice to stop engaging in unacceptable and anti social behaviour.


Once again the Anti Social Coordinator will be notified and that person may well have served the second letter on you.


Should your unacceptable behaviour continue further action will be taken.


Stage 3


Anti Social Behaviour Case Meeting


At this stage a meeting is held between the Police, Anti Social Behaviour Co-ordinator and other agencies including the Youth Offending Team, Social Services, Education and social landlords.


Your continuing anti social behaviour is discussed and decisions are made about what course of action can be taken to stop you from causing such behaviour.


At this stage decisions are also made about what legal action could be taken against your parents or carers (if you are under 18yrs) because of your behaviour. This may include a Parenting Order or action against their tenancy.


Stage 3



Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC)


An Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is a contract between you, the Police and possibly another agency such as your landlord or school. It contains certain conditions about your behaviour that you are expected to agree and keep to.


The ABC which lasts for 6 months can offer support to enable you to change your behaviour and will be reviewed monthly.


If you do NOT keep to the conditions of the ABC it can be used as evidence in any future court proceedings, including an application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO), in connection with an application to repossess your home if it is owned by a council or other social housing provider, or in connection with an application for a Premises Closure Order.


Stage 4


Anti Social Behaviour Order


An Anti Social Behaviour Order or ASBO is a court order, made for a minimum of 2 years This can have a huge impact on your life in future years in terms of things such as finding a job or travelling abroad.


If you do not abide by the conditions of the ASBO you commit a criminal offence and will be arrested.


For those under 18 yrs, the court will also consider imposing a Parenting Order on your parents and this will require them to stick to certain conditions such as attending parenting classes.

For those under 18 yrs, the court will also consider imposing a Parenting Order on your parents and this will require them to stick to certain conditions such as attending parenting classes.

  • Sections 30-36 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 (ASBA) gave police forces in England and Wales new powers to disperse groups of two or more people from areas where there is persistent anti-social behaviour.
  • Part 1A of the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 (the Act) sets out provisions relating to the issue of closure notices, and the making of closure orders in respect of premises that cause significant and persistent disorder, or persistent serious nuisance to a community.

ASBO/ CrASBO the latter is an ASBO which is linked to a criminal conviction.

(Originally produced by East Devon District)

4: “Family Group” of similar Community Safety Partnerships

Most similar family of community safety partnerships

The four community safety partnerships (CSP) in Devon are considered to be comparable to other CSPs in England & Wales. There are 15 CSPs in each “family” – Exeter has its own family but the other three CSPs have some different CSPs in their families.

 Community Safety Partnership (CSP) Areas Police Force Devon CSP(s)
South Devon & Dartmoor Devon & Cornwall East & Mid Devon and Northern Devon
Northern Devon Devon & Cornwall South Devon & Dartmoor
East & Mid Devon Devon & Cornwall Northern Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Babergh Suffolk East & Mid Devon, Northern Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Cornwall Devon & Cornwall Northern Devon
Craven North Yorkshire Northern Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Derbyshire Dales Derbyshire East & Mid Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Dorset Dorset County East & Mid Devon  and South Devon & Dartmoor
East Riding & Yorkshire Humberside Northern Devon
Hambleton North Yorkshire East  & Mid Devon
Herefordshire West Mercia East & Mid Devon and Northern Devon
Monmouthshire Gwent Northern Devon
New Forest Hampshire East & Mid Devon
North Warwickshire Warwickshire Northern Devon
Powys Dyved Powys Northern Devon
Richmondshire North Yorkshire East & Mid Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Somerset Avon & Somerset Northern Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
South Kestevan Lincolnshire Northern Devon
Stroud Gloucestershire East & Mid Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Suffolk Coastal Suffolk East & Mid Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Test Valley Hampshire East & Mid Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Tewkesbury Gloucestershire East & Mid Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Western Suffolk Suffolk East & Mid Devon, Northern Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Wiltshire County Wiltshire East & Mid Devon, Northern Devon and South Devon & Dartmoor
Brighton & Hove Sussex Exeter
Cardiff South Wales Exeter
Cheltenham Gloucestershire Exeter
Eastbourne Sussex Exeter
Hillingdon Metropolitan Police Exeter
Leeds West Yorkshire Exeter
Northampton Northamptonshire Exeter
Oxford Thames Valley Exeter
Reading Thames Valley Exeter
Southampton Hampshire Exeter
Trafford Greater Manchester Exeter
Watford Hertfordshire Exeter
Welwyn & Hatfield Hertfordshire Exeter
Worthing Sussex Exeter



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