Leicestershire Police is taking part in a national campaign to unite local communities and organisations across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland about antisocial behaviour and ways to make communities safer.
This will be the second ASB Awareness Week and will run between 18-24 July. Its aim is to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those facing it.
Organised by Resolve, community safety specialists, ASB Awareness Week is also supported by local councils, Community Safety Partnerships, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).
During the week local neighbourhood teams will be taking part in community engagement events, beat surgeries and ASB hotspot patrols in order to understand community concerns around ASB matters.
Inspector Claire Hughes, force lead for ASB, said: “ASB can be disruptive and problematic within our communities, and we certainly don’t under estimate the impact it can have on victims. This is one of the reasons we are taking part in ASB awareness week as it raises the profile of all the joint working that is done with partners to tackle ASB.
“Throughout the week we are looking forward to sharing good news stories on our social media platforms using the #ASBAwarenessWeek hashtag. Each day of the campaign will focus on a certain area, including empowering communities, best practise and partnership and local delivery; our content will be in support of that day’s theme.
“Neighbourhood Link is a fantastic resource that I would recommend you sign up to if you haven’t already. It is a messaging service run by us, Neighbourhood Watch and partner agencies that provides news and updates on local policing matters relevant to your area.
Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews said: “Everyone has a right to feel safe in their community and let’s be clear, antisocial behaviour is utterly unacceptable.
“This type of behaviour affects the whole community, so it’s really important that we all work together to tackle it.
“My Community Safety Grant is there to help support projects designed to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour, so if you have a project that needs some funding to make it work more effectively then please get in touch.
“This week is a great way to highlight the problem, but the work to tackle ASB is not a one-week wonder. I’ve seen first-hand, the work from our local Neighbourhood Policing Teams that takes place every single day and I look forward to being out with them in the coming days.”
If you have witnessed or are a victim of ASB then please report it to us, reports can be made via 101/(999 in an emergency) or online via www.leics.police.uk/reportonline.