Leicestershire Police marks Antisocial Behaviour Week
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Leicestershire Police is supporting national Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) Week which takes place between 3-9 July.
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK involving councils, police forces, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that almost one in five UK people have considered moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; one in ten actually moved. Despite this, over half of those surveyed who were either a victim or witness of ASB did not report it.
The theme of the week for 2023 is ‘Know your Rights’. There will be a particular focus on the ASB Case Review which empowers repeat victims of antisocial behaviour to ask for a review of the actions partner agencies have taken to resolve their concerns. It used to be known as Community Trigger.
A request to activate a case review can be made if, within the last six months if you (as an individual) have reported to the council, police or a registered housing provider (social landlord) three separate incidents of anti-social behaviour within your area, or you have been a victim of a hate incident and you believe that no effective action has been taken.
(please note, the reports need to have been made within a calendar month of them occurring).
Behaviour that is antisocial is 'conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person; conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation of residential premises; conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person.'
Force lead for ASB, T/Inspector Claire Hughes, said: “We always want the best for our communities and understand the impact ASB has.
“Our response to ASB is to record it at the earliest opportunity, manage incidents and those responsible. Identify and support repeat victims and vulnerable people and reduce the risk of ASB occurring. We do this 365 days per year.”
Police and Crime Commissioner Rupert Matthews said: “No-one should live in the shadow of anti-social behaviour and too many people in too many communities are affected.
“The police and partners are working hard to tackle the problem, and I urge the public to help them by reporting it, every time it happens so that local policing teams know where the problems areas are.
“My Community Safety Grant is there to help support projects designed to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, so if you have a project that needs some funding to make it work more effectively then please get in touch.”
Assistant Chief Constable, Adam Streets said: “As a force, we do not consider ASB a low-level crime. We acknowledge the effects is has on our communities, this is why we wholeheartedly support ASB awareness week.
“During this week, our local neighbourhood teams will be taking part in community engagement events, beat surgeries and hotspot patrols.
“Partnership working is also invaluable to supporting ASB. We work in conjunction with partner agencies such as local councils, housing and wellbeing services to tackle and prevent ASB using a problem-solving approach to achieve the best results for the communities we serve.”