As the school holidays are fast-approaching, parents are being asked to have a chat to their children about antisocial behaviour so everyone can enjoy the summer.
Subjects to raise could include the consequences of becoming involved in antisocial behaviour and the impact it has on others, as well as the personal consequences of drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
Rushmoor Borough Council, alongside Hampshire Constabulary, is also supporting Antisocial Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week next week (July 18 to 22) which encourages communities to take a stand against antisocial behaviour and highlights the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve, an ASB and community safety organisation, found that more than half of people (56 per cent) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle antisocial behaviour in their community. However, after they witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar proportion of the public (57 per cent) said that they did not report it to anyone.
Rushmoor Borough Council is urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience antisocial behaviour. Incidents can be reported to the community safety team at the council, or to Hampshire Constabulary if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.
Officers from Rushmoor Borough Council will be patrolling in identified hotspots over the summer and have the power to take names and address of individuals causing a nuisance as well as issue antisocial behaviour warning slips. Parents of any under 18-year-olds who are stopped will be contacted.
Councillor Maurice Sheehan, Cabinet member for Operational Services, said: “We know that most young people behave appropriately and don’t commit antisocial behaviour, and we thank them for that. But we also need these discussions about appropriate behaviour to happen in every household, so a small number of people don’t ruin the summer for others. These are not minor incidents, and they cause upset to people.”
Chief Inspector Kirsten Troman, District Commander for Hart and Rushmoor, 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.
“Please continue to report any incidents to us via the various police channels, including the ‘Tell Us About It’ page on our website and via 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.
“Members of the public can now use a new QR code that helps those in the community report crimes, information, and antisocial behaviour. Simply scan the QR code below using your smartphone camera and select one of five options: Report a crime, Report antisocial behaviour, Streetsafe, something you have seen or heard or Crimestoppers.
“We would like to thank members of the local community for reporting incidents to us, as it helps us to understand what is happening in the area.”
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 Rushmoor Borough Council is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”
How to report a crime
You can report a crime on Hampshire Constabulary's website: Report a crime | Hampshire Constabulary
About the survey
All survey figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2006 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 1st – 4th April 2022. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).
About ASB Awareness Week 2022
ASB Awareness Week will run between 18 - 22 July 2022, and will bring together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand and work together to make communities safer. Organised by Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Local Government Association, National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.
Resolve is a centre of excellence solely focused upon community safety and anti-social behaviour (ASB). We strongly advocate that community safety issues and ASB can be tackled effectively, and everyone has a right to feel safe. ASB should be treated as a priority, it is not low level and is a precursor to serious crime.