Community Safety Survey

What is the process behind the survey and what does it do?

Every two years since 2012, we have trained University of Portsmouth students to carry out a face to face survey with approximately 1,000 residents to seek their views and their experience of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city. It is an important source of information as it is collected directly from residents and does not rely on crimes or incidents having to be reported to the police or any other agency.

The survey contributes to the picture of crime and anti-social behaviour in the city and helps to inform the priorities and the multi-agency planning processes used to address them. 

2024 Community Safety Survey

We started fieldwork for the 2024 survey on Wednesday 7th February and were finished by the 8th March. We had sessions across Portsmouth from the John Pounds and Eastney Community Centres in the south of the City to Cosham High Street and outside Paulsgrove Housing Office and Community Centre in the north. 

Key Findings:

The overall level of people telling us that they have experienced at least one  crime in the past year has remained fairly similar since 2014. 

The most common crimes reported to the survey were:

  • Online fraud (reported by 7.6% of participants)
  • Threats/intimidation (reported by 5.7% of participants)
  • Phishing resulting in money or data being stolen (reported by 4.7% of participants)
  • Sexual harassment/abuse (reported by 2.8% of participants)
  • Hate crime (reported by 2.8% of participants)

54% of crimes were reported to an agency, mostly to the police. However, most cybercrime was reported to banks or the relevant company/website.

Levels of anti-social behaviour reported to the survey have remained fairly stable since 2014. The most commonly reported types were:

  • People using/supplying drugs (15%)
  • Traffic issues (12%)
  • People hanging around (11%)

Just over half of residents who spoke to us told us there were areas in Portsmouth where they felt unsafe. The City Centre/Commercial Road area was the location most commonly mentioned (by 13% of residents), followed by Somerstown (12%) and Buckland (12%). 

Here is the report and executive summary for the Community Safety Survey 2024 if you would like to know more:

Executive Summary for the Community Safety Survey 2024

Community Safety Survey 2024 – full report

 

If you would like to read or download the previous surveys please see the survey archive below.

Survey archive 

2022 Community Safety Survey

Executive Summary for the Community Safety Survey 2022

Community Safety Survey 2022 – full report

2020 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2020 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2020

2018 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2018 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2018

Click here to download the Community Safety Survey Infographic

2016 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2016 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2016 report

2014 Community Safety Survey

Download the 2014 survey here: Community Safety Survey Report 2014