Rotherham Secondary School Lifestyle Survey, 2012 Borough Wide Report
“Perceptions of danger in public places are not justified by local crime statistics” says Rotherham Council’s Steve Parry of the crime and anti-social behaviour team.
“Compared with 14 similar towns across England and Wales, Rotherham is in fact the third best for violent crime, making it a relatively safe place to live and learn” (assume that by this he means third ‘best’ for the least crime)
The Lifestyle survey of 11-15yr olds by Rotherham council and police shows that 5 out of 6 high school students feel unsafe in Rotherham town centre, 83% when waiting for a bus and 79% feel threatened when travelling on them.
The survey reports some very disturbing figures for Rotherham regarding alcohol, drugs, criminal (anti social) behaviour and attitudes. Chief Inspector Richard Butterworth is studying the report along with RMBC members, including Cllr Paul Lakin – Cabinet Member for Children, Young people and Families Services.
The document can be downloaded here http://www.rotherham.gov.uk/download/6229/lifestyle_survey_report