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Jersey's society is getting safer

29 October 2013

The annual report on Jersey’s community safety and substance misuse strategy shows that recorded crime fell to its lowest since 2005, and that issues involving young people fell significantly.

The report, Building a Safer Society, sets benchmarks against which the Island’s safety is measured and provide a way of assessing the success of the work of States departments, charity, community, and faith-based groups.

The annual report shows that in 2012:

  • overall recorded crime was the lowest since the strategy started in 2005
  • issues involving young people fell significantly
  • more people felt safer in their neighbourhoods in 2012 than in 2005.

However, it also showed that:

  • 11% of recorded crime was linked to domestic abuse
  • more than half of all domestic incidents involved children
  • over half of domestic incidents also involved alcohol
  • there has been an increase in night-time assaults in St Helier, but still below 2010 figures
  • alcohol consumption has fallen but is still higher than the UK, France, Germany and elsewhere

Home Affairs Minister Senator Ian Le Marquand said “The results in this report illustrate the dedication of the many people delivering initiatives. The statistics show that the work by States departments, charity, community, and faith-based groups is working and, together, the groups are ensuring our children can grow up in a much safer society.

“However, it also shows that alcohol remains an issue. While consumption has fallen, it is still comparatively higher than other, similar, places and remains a factor in many domestic incidents and night-time assaults.”

Download Building a Safer Society 2012 annual report (size 1.40mb)

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