From the 18th July 2022 we see the start of Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness week, this runs until 24th July 2022 this year however is a topic always at the forefront of our minds in community Policing.
ASB incidents are often long- term reoccurring issues that, more often than not, start with smaller incidents which go unreported. Complaints regarding behaviour such as unnecessary noise, abusive behaviour, street drinking, vandalism and graffiti are just some of the actions which can cause others serious anxiety and can disrupt their lives considerably. As a result of ASB some victims may feel unable to visit certain places, do certain activities or even live peacefully in their own home. It can prevent individuals earning a living and cause serious harm to their mental and physical health.
Suffolk School Liaison team will be visiting a number of schools over the next few weeks, discussing Anti- social behaviour and supporting young people identify the behaviour, how they can look after each other and speak out if they feel they or someone they know are victims. This work follows on from this year’s Crucial Crew programme where we worked with young people out of the school environment. We want to continue to encourage our young people to remain kind and considerate over the up- and-coming summer holidays finding ways to enjoy their weeks away from school without being drawn into anti-social behaviour.
As a constabulary we are working to embed a culture of accurate recording, taking a victim focused approach to better understand and identify repeat and vulnerable victims. It is important to remember ASB is not always committed by young people, many reports involve adult perpetrators. Community triggers is a service now available to victims of ASB – this is a process whereby should you feel let down by the response received from any relevant agency can ask for a review into the circumstances. An important opportunity for all agencies to ensure victims are heard.
Finding out more and reporting
To find out more about what is ASB please do not hesitate to visit Suffolk Constabulary ASB page and ‘1st Principle’ document on the internet on the below link; This will include a useful example ASB log which we highly recommend the use of.
It is important we know how to report this behaviour and who we can speak to.
You can report ASB online to Suffolk Police via the below link.
Preventing ASB and protecting those who are targeted is not just a Police matter, we work closely with our partner agencies and so it may be helpful to reach out to your local District Council and/or Housing officers.
In an Emergency, please use 999.
For other services please note you can contact Crime Stoppers at www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Fearless is a charity service available to young people who want to report crime anonymously or seek advice. Online and by phone help is available 24/7 365 days a year.
You can also visit www.asbhelp.co.uk which is a registered charity where you can find advice and support.
Don’t suffer in silence!
Just a reminder that the team can be contacted on the following email