This week’s updates are:

1. 20.7% more homes started in 2013 than in 2012 – From NHBC

2. Your guide to organising a street party

3. Speech given by Damian Green on 21 January 2014 to the APCC.

4. i-book - Securing your home

5. Further Green Belt protection considered

6. Report questions household projections

7. Commission calls for Welsh council mergers

8. Request for CP advice re Cemeteries

9. Pickpocketing Campaign launched by Crimestoppers

10. Domestic Security Lighting: light fittings

11. Concerns grow over rise in shop theft

12. Request for help with survey re Heritage crime – From Mark Harrison, English Heritage

13. Crime down by more than 10% under coalition government

14. Motorists warned about driving licence reminders received by text or email

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1. 20.7% more homes started in 2013 than in 2012 – From NHBC
NHBC data for the three months to the end of December 2013, shows 26,000 housing starts, 19.0% above the same period in 2012 (private sector 17.1% increase, affordable housing 24.1% increase). The figures for the calendar year show 119,600 housing starts in 2013, 20.7% more than 2012. The data showed 31,700 homes completed in the three month period, 10.6% more than the same period in 2012 (private sector 13.9% increase, affordable 0.6% increase). The figures for the calendar year show 108,150 housing completions in 2013, 4.9% more than 2012. Meanwhile plots under construction now sit at 134,250, 9.3% higher compared to the same time last year.

2. Your guide to organising a street party
This step-by-step guide provides practical advice for anyone looking to hold a street party, whether it is to celebrate a national or local event, to take part in the Big Lunch in early June each year, or just to get together with neighbours. It addresses some of the popular myths surrounding street parties and sets the record straight on what is actually needed (including on road closures, charges, playing music and insurance) as well as providing links to organisations who offer advice and support to people planning their own street parties. The guidance includes a simple form you can use to let your local council know about your plans and apply for a road closure, or you can look for guidance on your council’s own website. Local authorities are being encouraged to support local residents in bringing down any barriers that stop local areas from holding small private street parties.
Your guide to organising a street party, is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/your-guide-to-organising-a-street-party
‘Can Do’ - guide for organisers of voluntary events, is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/can-do-guide-for-organisers-of-voluntary-events
Have your cake and eat it: Minister sets record straight on street parties, is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/have-your-cake-and-eat-it-minister-sets-record-straight-on-street-parties

3. Speech given by Damian Green on 21 January 2014 to the APCC.
The speech gives the Home Office view on a number of points as well as budgets. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/speeches/damian-green-speech-to-the-apcc

4. i-book – Securing your home
From North Yorkshire Police and available at: http://www.northyorkshire.police.uk/ibook

5. Further Green Belt protection considered
The Government is considering the case for further improvements to both planning policy and practice guidance to strengthen Green Belt protection from both housing schemes and Traveller developments. More available at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/Jan14/230114/230114_1

6. Report questions household projections
New research suggests that English councils could be underestimating housing need by up to 30 per cent in some cases because of an overreliance on official household projection data, according to the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). That’s the key finding of a study commissioned by the RTPI from the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Housing and Planning Research. The projections, compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) for Government, are the basis for calculating housing need in councils’ local development plans.
More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/Jan14/230114/230114_2

7. Commission calls for Welsh council mergers
The existing 22 local authorities in Wales should be merged to create between 10 and 12 larger councils, an independent commission set up by the Welsh Government has recommended.
More at: http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/general/news/stories/2014/Jan14/230114/230114_3

8. Request for CP advice re Cemeteries
Does anyone have any advice / recommendations / experience around security for cemeteries, especially if there has been any racial targeting of certain areas of the cemetery? If you have any advice or document please contact / forward to PC 7937 Simon Barrett, Crime Prevention Design Advisor, West Midlands Police – Direct Line: 0121 626 5153; Mobile 07901 512020 or e-mail: s.barrett@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk He would appreciate knowing how widespread some of these problems are and any advice that was given.

9. Pickpocketing Campaign launched by Crimestoppers
Crimestoppers has launched an innovative and imaginative campaign entitled ‘#putpockets’ to highlight the dangers and raise awareness of pickpocketing across the UK.
Everyday over 1,700 people have something taken from their pocket or bag, which is why Crimestoppers and agency OgilvyOne, responsible for putting together the video below, are highlighting this issue. You can find out more about the video and some of the statistics concerning pick pocketing at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/get-involved/our-campaigns/national-campaigns/pickpocketing/

10. Domestic Security Lighting: light fittings
An article on this is at: http://www.crp-news.com/htm/n20140123.625901.htm

11. Concerns grow over rise in shop theft
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The latest BRC Retail Crime Survey has revealed that UK retailers are fighting a rising tide of theft in store. Last year saw the highest level of theft for nine years, and the average value of theft increased by 62% to £177 per incident, indicating that stealing is becoming more sophisticated and well planned. More at: http://www.crp-news.com/htm/n20140120.985058.htm

12. Request for help with survey re Heritage crime – From Mark Harrison, English Heritage
Richard is a PhD researcher at Loughborough University. His thesis aims to link his skills as a chemist to develop new and exciting methods of crime prevention and detection, with a specific focus on those crimes committed against heritage sites, buildings and cultural property. Richard is currently developing a new non-invasive method to detect offences of metal theft, in particular, lead, copper, and those metals containing copper such as bronze. There is potential for this research to expand to incorporate the challenge of improving detection and prevention of other types of heritage and cultural property crimes. To assist in his research Richard has produced a short on-line survey – https://www.survey.lboro.ac.uk/heritagecrime/ If you have a few minutes please have a go and circulate to colleagues who may be interested. Many thanks,

13. Crime down by more than 10% under coalition government
Statistics released 23rd January 2014 show overall crime at lowest level since Crime Survey of England and Wales began in 1981. The survey shows a 13% fall in violence, household theft is down 19% and vandalism has dropped by 8%. More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/crime-down-by-more-than-10-under-coalition-government

14. Motorists warned about driving licence reminders received by text or email
DVLA has been made aware that some customers have received text messages or emails regarding a licence which is due for renewal. DVLA does not send these types of reminders by text or email, these services are in no way affiliated with DVLA and you may be charged more.
More at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/motorists-warned-about-driving-licence-reminders-received-by-text-or-email