PCC Mark Shelford has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) to help keep Avon and Somerset communities safe.
Running from 18 July to 22 July, ASB Awareness Week 2022 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, the police, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.
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.
PCC Mark Shelford is urging local people not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB and various means of support available including:
- Report. Always phone 999 if feel you are at immediate risk of danger or report to the police via 101 or online
- Start a community trigger. A community trigger is a way for you to ask for a case review of your ongoing and persistent ASB problem
- Use the StreetSafe tool. The online tool enables residents to anonymously pinpoint on a map the location where they felt unsafe
- Access a support service. There are a number of victim providers that support local people who have been victims of ASB including Resolve West and Victim Support
“We know that ASB can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities. My message to victims of ASB is to speak up; together we need to challenge ASB and ensure residents know what support options are available.”PCC Mark Shelford