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Drugs dealing is Bute’s biggest concern

Drug dealing and drug misuse has been deemed Bute's number one concern, according to a recent Police Scotland survey.

Drug dealing and drug misuse has been deemed Bute's number one concern, according to a recent Police Scotland survey.

 

Drug dealing and drug misuse on the island is the number one concern of Bute residents - according to a recent survey from Police Scotland.

The survey - Police Scotland Engagement Questionnaire - was carried out across the country, and locally asked 58 respondents to rate the issues they felt were of highest concern.

Areas of concern which were highlighted also included dog fouling, litter and fly tipping, and speeding motorists.

The results of the questionnaire are as follows:

How concerned are you about crime in your neighbourhood? Or the area you work?

Very concerned - 3

Fairly concerned - 18

Not very concerned - 27

Not at all concerned - 10

To what extent do you think the amount of crime has increased or decreased over the past year within this area?

Decreased a lot - 15

Decreased a little - 1

Remained the same - 28

Increased a little - 8

Increased a lot - 5

How safe do you feel in your neighbourhood? Or the area you work?

Very safe - 26

Safe - 28

Unsafe - 3

Very unsafe - 1

What makes you feel unsafe within your community?

Groups of people hanging around - 10

Individuals hanging around that you were suspicious of - 8

Poor lighting - 11

Previous experience - 1

Things you have read in the newspapers - 4

Things you have heard from people locally - 4

General feeling of being unsafe in the dark - 3

Noisy or anti-social behaviour from groups of people - 13

In relation to the question about how safe you feel in your community what do you feel could be improved to enhance the security?

Increased or improved street lighting - 12

Environmental improvement - 7

Additional police patrols - 17

Installation of CCTV - 6

Out of hours anti-social behaviour officers - 15

What would you like to see in your community which would make it feel a more supportive community? Tick all that apply.

Better connections between neighbours and people - 8

More interest and activity groups - 9

Easier access to support for people who are anxious or depressed and need that bit of help - 20

More information about what is being decided by community planning partners (this means by Argyll and Bute Council, Health, Fire and Rescue, etc.) - 17

Better local community facilities e.g. village halls, community centres, etc. - 15

 

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