Working towards a

Safer Colchester

The Partnership

What is it?

The Safer Colchester Partnership consists of the Council, Police, Probation, Health and Fire Services and aims to develop and implement a strategy to tackle the problems in the area.

More about the Partnership


Preventing crime, reporting domestic abuse and victim support
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You are not on your own

Domestic Abuse

Domestic Abuse will affect 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men in their lifetime, this leads to, on average 2 women being murdered each week (and 30 men per year), this accounts for approximately 16% of all violent crime and has more repeat victims than any other crime (on average, there would have been 35 assaults before a victim calls the police).

If you are experiencing or witnessing domestic abuse (or you know a friend, family member or work colleague who may be experiencing it), please don’t suffer in silence… support is available to help you:

  • Women’s National Advice Line: 0808 2000 247
  • Men’s National Advice Line: 0808 8010 327
  • Forced Marriage Unit: 020 7008 0151


Working to reduce crime, fear of crime and reoffending
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Stay in the know

Latest Scams and Crime Prevention Advice

We have put together some hints and tips about how to avoid becoming a victim of crime. With updates and information on the latest scams to affect the area including staying safe online.

Hate Crime

The True Vision website…

was launched on 1st February. It provides information about what hate crime is and why it’s important to report it when it happens. The website also provides links to organisations which can offer support and advice on hate crime-related issues.




Tackling drug and alcohol abuse
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Crime and the fear of crime are of high concern to most residents. Living in a place where you feel safe is an important part of having a good quality of life. The impact of crime and anti-social behaviour (ASB) on victims and communities can be greater in rural areas where there are fewer local amenities and support services and people can feel more isolated and vulnerable.

Residents who live in rural areas often consider that they have a lack of Police presence. Crime reported in rural areas tends to be lower, however the impact on residents can be worse due to a number of factors, living remotely adding to a sense of isolation being a key one. Crime types are becoming more diverse, and whilst crimes such as domestic abuse, cyber-crime and sexual offences take place in both rural and urban communities, there are crimes such as livestock theft and poaching that are specific to rural communities.

The NRCN (National Rural Crime Network) Rural Crime Survey of 2018, highlighted that some of the most common concerns are not solely policing matters, but include issues like fly-tipping and speeding.

Crime Prevention is about the anticipation, recognition, and appraisal of a crime risk, and the initiation of action to remove or reduce it. It is an active approach utilising public awareness and preventive measures to reduce crime. We all have a role to play in making our communities safer, friendlier and more liveable.

To coincide with Rural Crime Week of Action, 6th – 13th October 2019, Colchester Borough Council in collaboration with the Safer Colchester Partnership are launching their Safer Rural Communities Toolkit and Safer Rural Communities Fund.

The toolkit provides ideas, information and resources to help you make your neighbourhood a better place to live. It will help you identify what the problems are, how you can go about addressing them, preventative measures and some possible funding sources.

The Safer Rural Communities Fund supports the toolkit and is available to assist communities in the delivery of projects and initiatives that address community safety. The fund invites applications from not for profit groups such as: Registered voluntary and charitable organisations, community groups, tenants and resident groups, faith groups, housing associations, sports organisations and Parish and Town councils within the following rural communities:

  • Birch & Winstree
  • Dedham & Langham
  • East Donyland
  • Fordham & Stour
  • Great Tey
  • Pyefleet
  • Tiptree
  • West Bergholt & Eight Ash Green
  • West Mersea
  • Wivenhoe

To check eligibility and complete an application form, please click here.


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