Anti-social behaviour in the spotlight
This week we’re highlighting all the great work we do as a Force and with our partners to tackle the anti-social behaviour (ASB) that has a real impact on the lives of individuals and communities.
Force Lead on ASB, Superintendent Graham Barnett, said: “The Surrey Police ASB team along with all our borough teams and partner agencies work hard to deal with ASB on a daily basis – it’s part of our core business. But for one week each year we highlight the work we do to protect people and communities from those who think it’s OK to behave in a threatening, aggressive and anti-social manner.
“As a Force we won’t tolerate situations where people are too frightened to walk outside their own home in case they come face to face with an intimidating neighbour or they have to endure excessive noise and foul language from others. Nor will we accept groups of drug dealers who target and exploit vulnerable people and literally move into their homes so they can continue their drug activity.
“Where there’s a problem with ASB, we work with victims to respond to the issues being faced and also with perpetrators to give them an understanding of the impact of their actions and discourage further unwanted behaviour. We work closely with partners to ensure that, if we are not best placed to help individuals we can refer them to appropriate agencies who are better placed to offer support and get the right outcome. Where ASB issues can’t be resolved both Police and partners have a range of enforcement options available from warning letters to closure orders, criminal behaviour orders and for more serious cases – prosecution.”
“Since last July we’ve issued 26 Criminal Behaviour Orders, 4 Anti-Social Behaviour Injunctions and 34 premises associated with persistent ASB have been either closed or had their access restricted. These orders are proving very effective in getting the perpetrators to stop their behaviour and giving some respite to residents and the community.
“A key part of the week is to make sure anyone affected by ASB doesn’t suffer in silence. If you are experiencing any kind of problems be it persistent rowdy and nuisance behaviour, drug dealing or if you know of anybody who is being exploited in your area then please let us know about it by dialling 101 so we can take action.”
ASB takes many forms and it can be really confusing sometimes for victims to work out which agency is responsible for tackling the ASB. ASB Awareness Week will help to ensure that victims know which agency to contact to report each type of ASB and what can be done to deal with it so that local issues can be quickly resolved.
To make it as easy as possible for victims there is a one-stop-shop ASB information website – https://www.surreycommunitysafety.org.uk/. This website also details what self-help options ie mediation are available and who problems should be reported to. It also explains more about the Community Trigger which gives victims a greater say in the way their complaints of ASB are dealt with.
Planned activity during ASB week:
Neighbourhood policing teams will be joining forces with colleagues from all the borough councils as well as Surrey County Council, housing providers and Surrey Mediation Services.
Across Surrey’s eleven boroughs there will be proactive patrols in the areas where ASB has been previously reported or where there is known disorder.
Other work will focus on off-road bikes, skate parks and joint patrols with partners around parks and green spaces. There will be joint working with colleagues from the Council’s Joint Enforcement Teams to tackle issues with fly tipping and noise and Surrey Mediation Services will be promoting their work.
During the week, Surrey Police and Partners will also be launching their “Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour Awards 2018”. The awards look to recognise and commend activity, individuals or teams who have gone the extra mile in tackling anti-social behaviour and have put victims at the heart of their response. So, those who have been affected by anti-social behaviour and want to nominate a person or team to be recognised for their support, can email Surrey Police at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to: Surrey Police, Awards & Ceremonies, PO Box 101, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 9PE explaining who they are and what they did to make a difference to the situation. Nominations should be in by Monday 22nd October 2018.