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“Safe Housing Estate" programme

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Special thanks for residents' contribution to the “ Safe Housing Estate” programme.Fot. R.Motyl
Special thanks for residents' contribution to the “ Safe Housing Estate” programme.Fot. R.Motyl

The objective of the “Safe Housing Estate” (Bezpieczne osiedle) programme is to improve public safety in Warsaw districts. Residents active in the District Groups are contributing to identifying the locations which can pose threat to others.

The City Office has appreciated the contribution of active residents who take measures for the benefit of their local communities. The Public Safety & Crisis Management Department has provided diplomas and extended gratitude to members of the District Groups implementing the objectives assumed in the “Safe Housing Estate” programme.
The programme envisages that the cooperation between the police, municipal services, representatives of the City Office and residents should contribute to an increased level of safety among local communities.

“I very much wanted to organise this meeting in order to express my personal gratitude to you for your time and effort devoted to improving the level of safety in your districts”, said Ewa Gawor, Head of the Public Safety & Crisis Management Department, at the meeting.
The “Safe Housing Estate” programme is implemented through the activities of District Groups, each one comprising:
-  a representative of the Public Safety & Crisis Management Department of the City of Warsaw,
- a police community-support officer,
- a municipal guard – a regional inspector,
- a member of the local community / a representative of residents, e.g., a member of a housing estate council, a housing cooperative, a tenants' association, a social organisation or an institution operating in a given area, or other people who have expressed their willingness to actively participate in the Group's work.

Residents may indicate, in the most accurate manner, what types of nuisance they encounter in their housing estate, on access roads or in the vicinity of schools, nursery units or local stores. Working in the District Groups, they report various events which are likely to trigger a decreased sense of safety among their neighbours.
127 District Groups operated in 2016. They held 726 meetings and performed 867 local visions. The following table presents the degree of activeness of the District Groups operating in various districts.

The most burdensome phenomena, which have been invariably reported for many years, include
-  people drinking alcohol in public places: 480 cases reported, including 465 completed favourably and 15 pending;
-  other problems (e.g. dangerous dogs, graffiti vandals, street trade, alcohol sale points, etc.): 340 cases reported, including 300 completed favourably and 40 pending;
-  disturbing the peace at night: 262 cases reported, including 251 completed favourably and 11 pending.
Most cases were reported to the Mokotów Delegations – 329 cases, Ursynów – 275, Targówek – 242 and Wola – 218.