People have been thanked for taking the time to complete an important survey about the safety of women and girls in Wolverhampton.

More than 2,000 people engaged with the survey, conducted by West Midlands Police and the Safer Wolverhampton Partnership, and their responses will be analysed over the coming weeks.

The survey asked women and girls how safe they feel when they are out and about, and to share details of any issues they may have either witnessed or experienced anywhere in Wolverhampton, along with locations that are of concern to them. Feedback from the survey will be used to inform policing and community safety activity across Wolverhampton. 

Supt Simon Inglis of Wolverhampton Police said: "This is a really important survey which will provide vital information to help the police and our partners to plan community safety activity across the city, and we are thankful that so many people took the time to engage with it.

"We received feedback from a very representative sample, covering all demographics, the vast majority of whom either live, work, shop or use leisure facilities in the city. 

"Over the coming weeks, our Strategy and Direction Team will be carrying out a full qualitative and quantitative analysis of every single entry, which is very ambitious given we had responses from well over 2,000 people. 

“We expect the results of that analysis to be received by the end of January and we will provide a further update by the end of February on what actions we, as a city, will be taking to address the issues raised to improve the safety of women and girls. 

“We will then continue throughout the year to drive those actions forward before conducting a further survey next year to ensure we are making a difference.

“The safety of women and girls is a priority for the police and Safer Wolverhampton Partnership and we will continue to listen and act to make this an even safer city moving forwards.”

Councillor Jasbir Jaspal, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for Public Health and Wellbeing, said: "Any incident of violence or harassment against women and girls is obviously unacceptable and, while Wolverhampton is generally a safe place to be, like any big town or city, there will be issues here from time to time which could make women and girls feel unsafe.

"We are very grateful to everyone who took part in this survey, and look forward to receiving the findings which will help inform our plans to keep our communities safe.”