Working together to tackle anti-social behaviour
Top officials from across the county met this week, to discuss the best partnership approach to anti-social behaviour (ASB) in Cumbria.
ASB was top of the agenda when Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Peter McCall, chaired a meeting from across the criminal justice agencies, public health, local authorities and community safety officers, in response to correspondence recently received.
25.7% of young people that completed the Safer Cumbria Partnership serious violence survey 2021, stated that ASB was an issue in their communities and 57% of ex-offenders who attended a focus group as part of this work, stated that their offending pattern started with incidents of ASB (Safer Cumbria Partnership 2021).
Talking about the conference, Peter McCall comments: “We cannot simply arrest our way out of ASB. It is essential that we work together, across all partner agencies, to ensure every aspect of prevention is explored, before ASB becomes an enforcement issue.
“ASB is disruptive and shows a complete lack consideration for others. It includes a range of behaviours that can cause nuisance, annoyance, harm or distress to a person, with examples including vehicle abandonment, trespassing, vandalism, harassment and anti-social drinking.
“Becoming a victim of ASB can be an extremely distressing and upsetting experience. If left unchecked, it can ruin people’s lives and devastate communities.
“This is why it is vital, that working with key stakeholders through the Safer Cumbria Partnership, we come together and get to the heart of what creates and causes ASB issues in the first place.
“It is only by working together and developing a public health approach to this issue, that we can identify hotspot trends, patterns in behaviour and act collectively. The outcomes created from today’s conference, have led to numerous follow up actions for partners to go away and work with and I look forward to seeing what progress has been made in our next Safer Cumbria Partnership meeting.
“Over the next few weeks, I will be speaking with the Chief Constable about how we can further develop our approach to ASB in the county. In addition, my office – the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, will be looking at how opportunities within the Levelling Up Fund and the Prosperity Fund, can help to support new ASB initiatives within the county.”
Superintendent Matt Pearman, Cumbria Constabulary said: “We all have a role to play in preventing and disrupting anti-social behaviour.
“Our local policing teams work closely with partner agencies each day to tackle issues that they witness or are reported to us.
“ASB will not be tolerated. It negatively affects individuals, their wider families and whole communities.
“Our communities have their own role to play in preventing ASB. Reporting incidents or concern is crucial in ensuring we have a full picture of what is happening in our communities, as well as importantly allowing us to respond robustly.”
Support services for those experiencing ASB includes:
StreetSafe – online reporting tool that provides anonymous reporting on ASB issues and perceptions of local safety by entering street name and postcode of the area causing concern.
In an emergency call 999
For all other reporting, call 101
Or report online at www.cumbria.police.uk/report-it/reportacrime
Livechat function available at www.cumbria.police.uk/report-it/101-live-chat
Support is provided regardless of when the ASB crime happened or if it has been reported to the police. Opening hours Monday – Friday 8am – 6pm. Call 0300 30 30 157
Live Chat service for those who can’t speak over the phone – 24/7 online chat via victimsupport.org.uk
24hr Support line 08 08 16 89 111
My Support Space Online guides – victim selects how they want to be supported after ASB and crime, covering topics such as difficult emotions, coping strategies, trauma and sleep victimsupport.org.uk
Call 0800 555 111
Action on Fraud
http://www.actionfraud.police.uk(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Telephone: 0300 123 2040