Community Safety Survey

Every two years since 2010, the partnership support team, (which is part of the Strategy Unit), working with University of Portsmouth students,  carry out a face to face survey with over 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 activity of the Health and Wellbeing Board.

We aim to speak to a representative sample of residents, and will be monitoring demographics as we go (including the ward of residence). This information will be used to help us analyse the data, and to make sure the sample is truly representative of the diversity and geography of Portsmouth’s population.

2020 Community Safety Survey

If you are a Portsmouth resident, we would love to talk to you about your views and experiences. Our fieldwork starts on 11th February 2020 and will continue until mid-March. You can find us at the following locations at the times specified:

Northern locations:

    • Northend: London Road (vicinity of Library) (Tues 25th Feb, 1-4pm)
    • Copnor: Copnor Road near College Park (Thurs 27th Feb, 9.30am-12.30pm)
    • Farlington & Drayton: Havant Road (vicinity of Drayton Centre) (Mon 2nd March, 1-4pm)
    • Cosham: High Street (Tues 3rd March 9:30am-12:30pm)
    • Northend: Gladys Avenue (Northend Library) (Friday 6th March, 9:30am-12:30pm)

Central locations:

    • City Centre: Guildhall Square (Wed 26th Feb, 9.30am-12.30pm)
    • City Centre: Commercial Road (Wed 26th Feb, 1-4pm)
    • City Centre: Commercial Road (Fri 28th Feb, 9.30am-12.30pm)
    • Baffins: Tangier Road (Outside the library) (Thurs 5th March, 9:30am-12:30pm)
    • City Centre: Guildhall Square (Friday 6th March, 1-4pm)

More dates and locations are still to be confirmed. Please contact if you have ideas for alternative locations where there will be a steady flow of people who may be willing to fill out a survey.

2018 Community Safety Survey

In 2018 we interviewed 1200 residents of Portsmouth at random. Our researchers conducted surveys on the street in the following areas:

      • Buckland & North End – Community Centre on Malins Road and London Road
      • City Centre – Commercial Road (parade of shops and at Sainsbury’s) and Guildhall Square
      • Copnor – Copnor Road parade of shops
      • Cosham – High Street
      • Drayton & Farlington  – Farlington Sainsburys
      • Fratton – The Bridge Centre, Asda and Fratton Road
      • Milton & Eastney -Eastney Road Co-op and Bransbury Community Centre/Park
      • Paulsgrove – Allaway Avenue Housing Office as base
      • Portsea – John Pounds Centre
      • Somerstown – Somerstown Hub
      • Southsea – Palmerston Road

Download the 2018 survey here: Community Safety Survey 2018

Download the Community Safety Survey Infographic

2016  Survey

In March 2016 we carried out a Community Safety survey which can be found here: Community Safety Survey 2016 report

We interviewed 1245 residents of Portsmouth and found that:

Fear of crime has reduced since the 2014 survey. Respondents reporting that they were not fearful of crime increased by almost 10 percentage points (from 31% in 2014 to 40% in 2016). Reductions in fear have been seen for most types of crime except for being mugged/robbed, which increased by 6.8 percentage points compared with 2014 (from 17% to 24%).

      • 24% were afraid of being mugged, 1.5% of those interviewed had actually been mugged
      • 13% were afraid of being assaulted,  3.5% of those interviewed had been assaulted
      • 27% were afraid of being burgled, 1.8% of those interviewed had been burgled

2014  Survey

Community Safety Survey Report 2014