Survey says elderly want more police on the streets

PUBLISHED: 10:14 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:48 15 June 2010

RESIDENTS in the Colyton area are dissatisfied with policing, despite feeling safe.

RESIDENTS in the Colyton area are dissatisfied with policing, despite feeling safe.That is the finding of a recent survey.The findings, from a parish council questionnaire, show that most people, particularly in the 65 to 74 age group, are dissatisfied with the levels of policing in the area.However, when asked how they felt crime and anti-social behaviour in the parish compared with the national situation, most people felt incident figures were "much lower".Sergeant Gary Phillips noted the discrepancy and told the Herald that the area was a safe place to live, but that he appreciated people would like police officers to be more visible.He said: "We do need more police officers out on the streets. "That is what people tell us and we know that we need more officers if we are to be more effective."The survey results were published in graph form and presented to the public by PC Steve Speariett during the annual parish meeting in Colyton, held last week.

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