Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI) has joined a national campaign to tackle the scourge of antisocial behaviour (ASB).
The ASB Awareness Week 2022 campaign, which runs from July 18 to 22, aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by victims.
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s 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.
The extensive Police CPI portfolio covers a variety of crime prevention initiatives, of which Secured by Design is the most well-known, with all initiatives designed to keep the public safe from crime and anti social behaviour.
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.
Police CPI is 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.
Police CPI provides a range of support to Police and Crime Commissioners, local authorities and civil society organisations in respect of the Government’s Safer Streets Fund initiative, which focuses on neighbourhood crime (burglary, robbery, vehicle crime and theft), antisocial behaviour and violence against women and girls in public places, as well as feelings of safety in the public domain, and the night-time economy.
Commenting, Police CPI’s Michael Brooke said: “Antisocial behaviour can have a real impact on communities and we are therefore delighted to be supporting ASB Awareness Week to raise awareness of the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.
“Police CPI have a diverse mix of professional staff with a variety of expertise in specialist subjects who have a passionate desire to serve by actively seeking ways to reduce criminality and anti social behaviour”.
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 Police CPI is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”
For more information about ASB Awareness Week – visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek