Anti-social Behaviour Week

Issued: July 2019

On Wednesday 24 July, Spelthorne Council's Community Safety Team will be in Stanwell speaking to residents about crime related issues. Then on Thursday 25 July, they will be working with the Joint Enforcement Team and BID Rangers to display a range of informative messages on the Crimestoppers electronic advertising board in Staines High Street from 10am-12pm and 2-4pm. The Joint Enforcement Team will also be removing graffiti from around the Borough on Wednesday 24 July and Friday 26 July.

Anti-social behaviour takes many forms and it can be confusing for victims to know which agency to approach. This awareness week aims to help ensure that victims are informed about who to report each type of anti-social behaviour to and what can be done to deal with it, so that local issues can be quickly resolved.

Cllr Richard Barratt, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Compliance, said: "We work hard in collaboration with the Surrey Police Anti-Social Behaviour team to protect residents and tackle unacceptable threatening and aggressive behaviour in the Borough, which has a huge impact on the lives of individuals and our local communities."

If an intimidating neighbour, excessive noise and foul language or drug related crime cannot be resolved, there are a range of enforcement options available, including warning letters, closure orders, criminal behaviour orders and in more serious cases prosecution.

Surrey Police Anti-Social Behaviour Manager, Jo Grimshaw, said: "The impact of anti-social behaviour on people's daily lives should never be underestimated. We are working with all our partner agencies to highlight the psychological and physical harm suffered by victims of anti-social behaviour. It is crucial to listen to victims, keep them informed of what is happening with their case, to understand that it is the level of the harm caused by the behaviour and not the amount of incidents reported, which shapes the way we deal with the issue.''

Chairman of West Surrey Mediation Service, Christine Reynard, said: "Keep calm and mediate. We encourage people to keep the lines of communication open if you can. Even if a situation looks impossible to resolve, mediation can often help. There is nothing to lose and you may gain peace of mind. In cases where mediation is not suitable anti-social behaviour Support Coaching may be an option to consider."

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or if you know of anybody who is being exploited in your area, dial 101 to report the incident. To find out where to report anti-social behaviour and the self-help options available, please visit:
https://www.healthysurrey.org.uk/your-health/community-safety/asb

To find out more about West Surrey Mediation Service visit: www.allianceofsurreymediationservices.org