Districts champion ASB Awareness Week
Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils have pledged their support to ASB Awareness Week – furthering the councils’ ongoing commitment to ensuring that its residents lead safe and happy lives.
Tackling Anti- Social Behaviour (ASB) in Babergh and Mid Suffolk continues to be a priority for both councils given the devastating impact of ASB on its victims and the wider community. To further support this aim, the councils are proud to be involved in the UK’s first Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week, taking place from July 19 – 25.
ASB is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that can make many people’s lives a misery – from littering and vandalism to public drunkenness or noisy and abusive neighbours. Any cases of this can be reported to the councils via their online tool, allowing ASB reports to be made quickly and easily 24/7.
However, in recognition of the wide range of behaviours, a multi-agency approach is usually taken when dealing with ASB in Suffolk – enabling the councils, police, and housing providers to work together to tackle this. The week of action will help strengthen this partnership working – encouraging organisations and members of the public to join forces to make our communities safer.
As part of this, a range of activities will be taking place across Suffolk, including an ASB pop-up event in Market Hill, Sudbury, on Thursday July 22. Officers from the councils’ community safety, housing, and environmental protection teams will be in attendance at the event, organised by Suffolk Police, to offer members of the public the opportunity to share any concerns they may have about ASB.
Suffolk’s Safer Stronger Communities Board, which Babergh and Mid Suffolk District Councils are members of, will also use the week to promote the use of Community Triggers, also known as ASB Case Reviews. These empower victims and communities to provide invaluable input on the way that ASB reports are dealt with to help identify strengths and weaknesses of the current process.
Further information is available on the councils’ website and any victim, regardless of where they live in the county, can request a Community Trigger to challenge an agency’s response if they do not feel that they received a satisfactory outcome from their ASB complaint.
Cllr Derek Davis, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for communities commented:
“We are fortunate enough to have lower than average levels of crime in Babergh, however that does not mean that we’re immune from ASB and we must do everything in our power to tackle this.
“All our residents deserve to feel safe in their own homes and communities and I would urge anyone who has, sadly, been a victim of ASB to report this to us so that our councils can take appropriate action.”
Cllr Julie Flatman, Mid Suffolk District Council’s cabinet member for communities said:
“Our council challenges the commonly held view that ASB is a low level crime – recognising that it often has a devastating impact on communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
“I am pleased that we continue to work with partners to take a stand against this behaviour in Mid Suffolk and hope that our involvement in ASB awareness Week serves as a reminder that help and support is available for victims.”
Activity will be taking place throughout ASB Awareness Week on the councils’ social media account and those wishing to show their support can do so by using the #SuffolkASBawarenessweek hashtag.