August 6, 2014
The term anti-social behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that blights the lives of many people on a daily basis. It often leaves victims feeling helpless, desperate and with a seriously reduced quality of life. Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also often used to describe this type of behaviour. ASB is a key driver for public confidence in the police and the local authority. A failure to tackle ASB can lead to increased crime, especially violence with injury and criminal damage. Anti-social behaviour can be reported in a number of ways and not just to the police. For example, Westminster City Council has a dedicated department that deals with community safety issues which include ASB. Of course, you can report ASB to the Metropolitan Police by dialling 101. Where there is potential danger to life or property, this should be always be reported by using the emergency 999 system.
The Northbank team meet regularly with the Metropolitan Police, British Transport Police and Westminster City Council to look at ways of tackling anti-social behaviour and lending our support to the work they do. However, it is the responsibility of us all to report anti-social behaviour as much as it is the responsibility of the statutory bodies to provide a solution. The police now record all ASB, regardless of its nature or perceived seriousness. By ensuring that we all accurately report anti-social behaviour, the police and local authority will have a duty to provide the relevant solutions.
If you would like to know more or discuss any anti-social behaviour which affects your business please contact Andy Wood, Business Policing Manager for The Northbank BID on firstname.lastname@example.org.