Media release - issued 20 Jul 2021

Let's talk about antisocial behaviour!

Parents are being asked to talk to their children about antisocial behaviour before the schools break up for the summer holidays to ensure everyone has the chance to enjoy it.

Behaviour that can be defined as antisocial can include being rowdy and inconsiderate, street-drinking, drug-use, begging, vehicle nuisance, threats and intimidation. 

Complaints about antisocial behaviour generally increase during the summer holidays. 

As a result, a national Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week has been launched this week, supported by Hampshire Constabulary, aiming to encourage communities to take a stand against antisocial behaviour and highlighting information to help those facing it.  

Rushmoor Borough Council is asking parents to do their part by discussing the behaviour that can be classed as antisocial with their children, and ensuring they stay in touch with them while they are out with their friends. 

Some subjects for parents to chat about with their children could include the consequences of drinking alcohol, taking drugs and getting involved in antisocial behaviour, as well as a discussion about how they are going to get home and a possible curfew. 

As part of this summer's antisocial behaviour campaign, accredited officers from Rushmoor Borough Council and Hampshire Constabulary can issue antisocial behaviour warning tickets to young people found to be causing issues in the community. If a young person receives two warning tickets across the summer, the council will work with police to put support in place to address the behaviour and prevent it occurring again. 

Cllr Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet Member for Operational Services at Rushmoor Borough Council, said: "This summer we are asking parents if they know where their children are. While we understand most young people behave appropriately and do not engage in antisocial behaviour, those that do will be dealt with. We want everyone to be able to enjoy our borough this summer, and not have a minority of individuals spoil it". 

Inspector Kirsten Troman, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "Hampshire Constabulary works in partnership with Rushmoor Borough Council to tackle antisocial behaviour, and will take action, with our partners, to tackle hotspots reported to us." 

It is important to report antisocial behaviour at the time it happens by calling Hampshire Constabulary on 101, or 999 in an emergency. An online reporting form is also available at Hampshire Constabulary. Unless issues are reported formally, it is not possible for the police or council to respond. 

For more information on the campaign, get in touch with the community safety team using the contact details on this page.

Further information is also available on our Community safety pages.

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