What’s going on for anti-social behaviour week in Warwickshire
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Running from July 3 to 9, ASB Awareness Week 2023 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.
In Warwickshire alone, there were over 9,000 incidents of ASB in 2022 – this is down from over 12,000 in 2021, and although figures for 2023 are suggesting this decline is continuing, we are continuing our efforts to bring this figure down as low as possible to protect our communities.
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that almost 1 in 5 people have had to consider moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; 1 in 10 have actually moved.
Despite this, over half of those surveyed who were either a victim or witness of ASB did not report the ASB.
We are urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team at the local council, or to the police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.
Warwickshire Police officers will be doing high-visibility patrols in areas with high levels of ASB and will be doing community outreach at events across Warwickshire.
This will include visits to schools, joint visits in partnership with other agencies like the council and housing agencies, and a focus on parking issues around schools.
Inspector Simon Ryan said “ASB and linked crime cause our communities significant harm.
“As part of ASB Awareness Week 2023 I want to reassure our residents that we are here to support you.
"If you think that something is antisocial behaviour, it probably is; and you should get in touch with us.
“Every report will be reviewed and my team and I will ensure that we respond appropriately.
“There will be visits and events this week to local schools and community centres, making ourselves available to talk to you directly about any issues you may be having.
“Whilst not all ASB is committed by youths, evidence does show those of school age are key as part of the conversation to what ASB is and how we reduce it.
“If you see one of our officers out and about, please do stop us for a chat.”