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ASB Awareness Week

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Making Communities Safer - ASB Awareness Week

Merseyside Police and the Police Commissioner will be working with local communities and partners this week to highlight the support available to people experiencing anti-social behaviour and the work taking place to prevent and tackle it.

The 19-25 July has been nationally identified as a week to shine a spotlight on anti-social behaviour to help make communities safer.

During the week, the Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell, Merseyside Police and partners, including Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and the region's five local authorities, will be building on the work they carry out on a daily basis in our communities to address the issues that matter to residents.

From high visibility patrols, partner walkarounds and a continued focus on the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), which allows us to disperse people engaged in ASB.

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a hugely damaging effect for victims who are repeatedly and persistently targeted. It causes fear, stress, anxiety, depression and leaves people too scared to leave their front door and even afraid while they are inside their own home.

“That’s why tackling and preventing ASB is one of my priorities. I welcome the launch of the UK’s first official ASB Awareness Week and all the fantastic multi-agency initiatives planned by Merseyside Police and our partners over the next week and beyond.

“Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live. I hope this event will help to bring communities together to take a stand against ASB and highlight the help and support which is available to anyone affected by it.”

Chief Superintendent for Local Policing, Zoe Thornton said, “Anti-social behaviour is a priority for Merseyside Police and this awareness week offers an opportunity to highlight the issues of ASB and the impact it can have on the local communities.

"People deserve to feel safe where they live and our activities this week will highlight some of the work that we undertake on a daily basis to support our communities and tackle ASB."

Knowsley

  • The Knowsley Crime and Communities Team will be posting crime prevention advice through the door local households, with contact details to allow community members to raise and discuss any concerns they may have. The Police Commissioner will also be joining them for a walkabout on Monday.
  • A number of ‘Talk-about’ events will take place to answer queries from local residents about crime and anti-social behaviour and tell people how concerns or issues can be reported to relevant partners.
  • Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will deploy their Street Intervention Team to ASB hotspot areas, as well as doing leaflet drops to offer fire safety advice, while also doing fire safety checks in homes.
  • Knowsley’s Local Policing team will continue the ongoing work they do to address ASB in hotspot areas. They will deploy dedicated patrols to support communities in tackling ASB
  • Vibe, Knowsley’s Youth Service, continue to offer a range of clubs and programmes both inside and outside our centres to support young people’s relationships and wellbeing.
  • Quad bikes will continue to patrol key areas to tackle scrambler bikes riding illegally.
  • Knowsley policing schools’ officers will deliver talks to pupils about the impact and consequences of anti-social behaviour in local communities.
  • A day of action organised by Livv Housing to continue their work in addressing concerns from their residents.

Liverpool

Liverpool’s Local Policing team will continue the work they do on a daily basis to deploy patrols to ASB hotspot areas

  • A joint operation around persistent ASB with South Liverpool Homes to address concerns from their residents
  • Walkaround with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service following areas where there has been criminal damage and arson
  • Day of action in Kensington, Kirkdale, Everton, County, Speke and Garston
  • Partnership Day: One Vision will be doing door knocking and a digital survey on their community services
  • Registered Providers of Social Housing will be supporting Liverpool City Council’s Safer and Stronger Communities Team in ASB reporting: how to be a good neighbour and providing reassurance to communities
  • Litter picking and fly tip removal, clearances of green spaces, welfare rights assistance
  • Targeting begging on Jennifer Ave and enforcing the Public Spaces Protection order (PSPO) around the Breck Road area and the Lake Streets
  • Diversionary activities provided by LFC Foundation running a Summer Roadshow
  • Diversionary activities for young people in Youth Centres across Liverpool

Sefton

Sefton’s Local Policing team will continue the work they do on a daily basis to deploy patrols to ASB hotspot areas;

  • Quad bikes will patrol areas where police receive reports of those riding scrambler bikes illegally;
  • Sefton schools officers will deliver talks to pupils about the impact and consequences of anti-social behaviour in local communities;
  • A joint operation around persistent ASB with One Vision Housing to address concerns from their residents;
  • Social media Q&A for residents in Seaforth, Crosby, Waterloo, Blundellsands, Bootle & Litherland

St Helens

  • St Helen’s Local Policing team will continue the work they do on a daily basis to deploy patrols to ASB hotspot areas
  • Quad bikes will patrol areas where police receive reports of those riding scrambler bikes illegally
  • Schools officers will deliver talks to pupils about the impact and consequences of anti-social behaviour in local communities
  • A joint operation with Safer Communities teams and Outreach teams

Wirral

  • Multi-agency Operation Staysafe to target persons involved in risk-taking behaviour;
  • Multi-agency action days in various areas in response to reports of ASB.

ASB Awareness Week is organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

 Rebecca Bryant OBE, chief executive of Resolve, said: “As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.

“We are delighted Sefton is involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.

 “It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”

To find out what is happening each day follow Merseyside Police’s social media accounts for regular updates.

For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek

Report it

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police @MerPolCC or online here.

You can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111

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How can we make Merseyside even safer?

Merseyside’s Police Commissioner is asking for your views on how we can make Merseyside even safer.

Emily Spurrell wants you to share your opinions on policing and community safety with her through her Safer Merseyside consultation.

Your views will be the backbone of her spearhead document, Merseyside’s Police and Crime Plan, which will set the policing and community safety priorities for the region for the next three years.

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