Grangetown Community Gateway – Safer Grangetown
On Wednesday 5th July 2017, members of the Crime and Security Research Institute (CSRI) team ran a focus group at the Grange Pavilion as part of the Grangetown Community Gateway project, under the theme of ‘safer Grangetown.’
The aim of the focus group was to engage with those living and working in Grangetown to discuss what they feel are the key crime and disorder issues affecting their local neighbourhood. Participants were encouraged to talk about issues impacting on their sense of community safety and were asked to plot on a map where these issues are located.
The project utilises the Universities’ Police Science Institute’s innovative community intelligence tool ‘SENSOR’ which is a is a tablet based data capture application that allows users to identify and target the issues that have a disproportionate impact upon neighbourhood security. SENSOR builds on CSRI Director Martin Innes’ ‘Signal Crimes’ theory which finds that the public’s sense of being ‘at risk’ of crime is not determined solely by the ‘volume’ of offending in an area, but also the ‘impact’ that single incidents have upon their collective risk perceptions and ultimately how they think, feel and act.
The focus group centred around an interactive activity designed and led by CUROP students Cat King and Freya Cox. This practical activity enabled the signals to be visualised and collected together on a map of Grangetown ward.
The focus group was facilitated by three young people from the Grangetown Youth Forum who showed keen enthusiasm for the project and were trained to become SENSOR Champions in their community. Their contributions were invaluable: one of the participants said at the beginning of the focus group she felt a little unsure about the interactive activity, but with the Champion’s help, she felt far more comfortable and able to fully participate.
The focus group data will be analysed by researchers from the Crime and Security Research Institute and a summary report will be created for the Grangetown Community Gateway project team to share with local residents in order to inform future discussions with local partners.