Anti-social behaviour in your area? Make sure you report it
The lighter nights we are now enjoying means summer is on its way. However, it can also mean an increase in calls to the police relating to anti-social behaviour (ASB).
In a recent survey, you told us the issues you were most concerned about were inconsiderate use of vehicles and littering as well as noisy neighbours, damage to property and rowdy, drunken behaviour.
In addition to taking a forcewide approach to anti-social behaviour, such as increased patrols at weekends and dedicated ASB co-ordinators for each area, we also carry out a range of activities specific to different ASB issues.
This can include gaining premises closure orders for properties linked to drug use, working with local housing associations to deal with the perpetrators of nuisance/rowdy behaviour or issuing orders to prevent certain people returning to an area where there is a persistent problem with street drinking. Other issues targeted can include speeding and anti-social driving, graffiti, begging and kerb crawling.
To help prevent and tackle ASB, we want you to report issues and problems in your area. This will allow us to build up a picture of what is happening where.
How you can help prevent ASB
- Report anti-social behaviour to us or the council. For details of when to report to the council and when to report to us, visit the anti-social behaviour page. The more detail you can provide the better, such as times, locations and descriptions (our downloadable ASB Incident Diary could help keep track of ASB incidents). To report ASB to the police, contact us online or call us on 101.
- Report incidents of ASB as soon as possible. The sooner we get the information the easier it is to address the issue.
- If you have information about ASB in your area, but don’t want to speak to the police, you can also provide information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- You can also raise issues about ASB at your local priorities meeting. These meetings are attended by the local council, the police and other partner agencies. The meetings will be named differently depending on the area in which you live (eg PACT Meetings, Safer Stronger Community Groups, Neighbourhood Forums, Local Action Groups, Connecting Communities Area Forums, or Public Forums).
- Be aware of others. Be mindful of the impact you could be having on others if you are outside during the warmer weather, especially late in the evening.
- Think neighbours. If you have an elderly or vulnerable neighbour, can you offer any help or support if they are worried about ASB in your area?