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Fire related fatalities have declined since 1981 across England. There were two fire related fatalities in Southampton during 2020/21. Fires can damage property, interrupt businesses and cause inconvenience, with The Association of British Insurers paying out 1bn in fire related crimes each year.

There were 667 fires in Southampton during 2020/21 which is a decrease of -13% from 2019/20. Fires can be classified as either accidental or deliberate, with the latter describing a fire which is started deliberately, but not necessarily with malicious intent. Bevois ward had the highest percentage (11.9%) of accidental fires and Bitterne ward (12.8%) the highest percentage of deliberate fires in 2020/21.

The Hampshire Arson Task Force is a partnership initiative between Hampshire Constabulary and the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service. The task force investigate suspicious fires and undertake reviews of linked occurrences to plan a strategic response. They also investigate non-suspicious fires to identify trends in causes, which feeds back into product recalls, trading standards, manufacturers and other stakeholders, with the aim of making the community safer.

The fire service is currently using Safe & Well visits as a fire prevention service. Visits are prioritised by age group from 65 years onwards. There were 679 Safe & Well visits in Southampton during 2020/21.

A summary report and slide set produced as part of the 2020/21 Strategic Assessment are available to download below. For more information on crime in Southampton, see the Safe City Strategic Assessment page.

Resources

2020/21 Safe City Strategic Assessment

The Southampton Safe City Strategic Assessment provides an overview of current and future crime, disorder and community safety issues affecting Southampton and makes recommendations to enable the Partnership to focus the Safe City Strategy and local delivery plans. The slide set and report that informed the assessment are available below to download.

Safe City Strategic Assessment Report (2020/21)
Report
pdf | 4MB | 30.11.21
Safe City Strategic Assessment Presentation (2020/21)
Slide set
pdf | 4MB | 30.11.21

Analysis of need across Southampton neighbourhoods

This work highlights need and inequalities among Southampton neighbourhoods across a number of key theme areas, including demography, children’s social care, youth crime and violence, healthy start, child health and need, adult health and need, education and poverty and deprivation.

Analysis of need across Southampton neighbourhoods
Slide set
pdf | 27MB | 31.05.21

2019/20 Safe City Strategic Assessment

Safe City Strategic Assessment (2019/20)
Report
pdf | 6MB | 24.11.20

Archived assessments

This section contains archived reports from previous Safe City Strategic Assessments. For the latest report and data on crime and community safety in the city, see the Safe City Strategic Assessment above.

Safe City Strategic Assessment (2018/19)
Report
pdf | 19MB | 18.12.19
Safe City Strategic Assessment (2017/18)
Report
pdf | 1MB | 19.12.18
Safe City Strategic Assessment (2016/17)
Report
pdf | 15MB | 04.02.18
Safe City Strategic Assessment (2015/16)
Report
pdf | 8MB | 06.12.16
Safe City Strategic Assessment (2014/15)
Report
pdf | 7MB | 30.11.15

Last updated: 10 December 2021