Frequently Asked Questions




Why do I need to answer the questions contained in the “My Profile” page?


We ask the questions contained in the “My Profile” page in order to ensure that the members of the Panel are as representative of the resident population of Lincolnshire as possible. We may in future use the answers provided to select Panel members to participate in more narrowly focused research studies e.g. with women, parents or people living in a particular local authority district. Please be reassured that when we analyse and report on the results of surveys all responses are anonymised.

Is my data secure?


Habit5 will handle your personal information in compliance with the GDPR 2018 and are registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) - registration reference ZA214373. Habit5 are dedicated to safeguarding the personal information under our control and in maintaining a system that meets our obligations under the GDPR 2018. If you would like to view Habit5’s data protection policy please click on the “Data Protection Policy” option at the foot of this page.

Who are Habit5?

Habit5 is Lincolnshire’s leading market research agency and a fully accredited company partner with the Market Research Society (MRS). Habit5 conducted the Lincolnshire Crime & Policing Survey in December 2017 – the most comprehensive survey ever conducted by a Lincolnshire Police and Crime Commissioner. Habit5 comply with the MRS Code of Conduct which can be viewed here.

Can I leave the Panel once I’ve joined?


Yes, you can leave the Panel at any time, just send an email stating that you would like to leave to; andy.prodger@habit5.co.uk. Once your email has been received you will receive an email confirming that your personal data has been removed from the panel database. Any answers you have provided to survey questions are anonymised and will remain within the research data for future use unless you request otherwise.

How are the research results used?


Last year, the Police and Crime Commissioner asked the residents of Lincolnshire to take part in the most comprehensive survey ever conducted by a PCC in Lincolnshire, to build up a detailed knowledge of the needs, attitudes, and opinions of the people of Lincolnshire when it comes to tackling crime.

Nearly 3,000 people participated in the survey and based upon the findings, the Police and Crime Commissioner:

• Instigated the transformation and extension of the Community Speed Watch Scheme
• With his deputy Stuart Tweedale, led an initiative that has recruited 2,000 residents to help fight scams, cyber crime and identity theft
• Agreed investment for the force to buy its first drones and quad bikes, which have contributed to a 30% year-on-year fall in incidents of rural crime
• Convened a multi-agency group to develop an action plan to combat drug use in the city of Lincoln
• Consulted with councillors, businesses and chief police officers on ways to reduce fear of crime in the south of the county
• Findings were shared with all district councils and the county council to help inform their community safety planning