Published Monday, 18th July 2022
Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in the borough safe.
Running from 18 to 22 July, ASB Awareness Week 2022 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.
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.
On Thursday 21 July the Council’s ASB Officer, along with colleagues from the Police and Raven Housing Trust, will be in Redhill town centre to engage with local businesses and residents about ASB.
On Friday 22 July the Council’s JET (Joint Enforcement Team) officers will join Raven Housing Trust, local residents and young people from the YMCA for a community litter pick in Horley’s Riverside Park.
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that more than half of people (56%) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community. However, after they witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar proportion of the public (57%) said that they did not report it to anyone.
As part of the week, the Council and its partners on the Reigate & Banstead Community Safety Partnership will be pledging their support to the Government’s new national anti-social behaviour principles. Central to these is encouraging victims not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team, or to the Police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.
Executive Member for Community Partnerships, Cllr Rod Ashford, said: “We take reports of anti-social behaviour seriously and understand how it can have a profound impact on residents’ daily lives. We therefore work closely with Surrey Police and other partner organisations to find the best response to individual cases – whether it’s making a joint visit to a noisy resident disturbing their neighbours’ sleep; or issuing a Community Protection Notice to stop more persistent ASB.
“We can also put more strategic measures in place to target and prevent problem behaviours in a specific location for example the Public Space Protection Order for Redhill Town Centre and Memorial Park gives both the Council and the Police extra powers to tackle ASB in this area.”
Monthly meetings, hosted by the Council, bring local partners together to respond to ASB cases in a variety of ways. Early intervention, especially through informal approaches such as mediation and joint visits, can be successful in stopping the ASB committed by the majority of perpetrators. However, in cases where individuals don’t change their behaviour, the Council can take more formal measures, such as written warnings and Community Protection Notices.
If someone has reported anti-social behaviour and doesn’t think their complaint has been treated seriously then victims and communities have the right to activate a Community Trigger and request a review. You can find out more about the Community Trigger here.
Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve added: “ASB is not low-level crime. It can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
“It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.
“We are delighted that Reigate & Banstead Borough Council is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”
- For information about anti-social behaviour and how we tackle it
- All survey figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2006 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 1 – 4 April 2022. The survey was commissioned by Resolve and carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).