Combating Anti-Social Behaviour

Many neighbourhoods in London, Essex, Sussex, Surrey and Kent but also more rural areas are experiencing increasing problems with what is generally described as anti-social behaviour.

Anti-social behaviour often covers a variety of unacceptable activities, including elements such as vandalism, graffiti and abusive neighbours or intimidating groups taking over public spaces. It is important to take action against anti-social behaviour as it can ruin the quality of your everyday life and it can create an environment where more serious crime is able to take hold.

What you should expect from you local authority

Anti-social behaviour is increasingly being recognised as a serious problem by local councils and police. Your council, your local police force and social landlords have the responsibility and the powers to deal with anti-social behaviour problems.

The majority of local councils have a named person or a neighbourhood policing team to whom you can report anti-social behaviour. Your elected local councillors are there to work with you and others to solve problems in your neighbourhood. You should be able to expect them to act on your behalf to raise concerns with the council and other organisations and report back to you what has happened as a result of your action.

They should have tools such as parenting orders and premises closure orders or ASBOs, which is an antisocial behaviour order, given out by a court, to stop a person from behaving in certain ways or doing certain things. It’s not meant to be a punishment – the idea is to prevent further distress and alarm caused by antisocial behaviour. An ASBO is a civil court order. This means that it is not a criminal conviction and therefore does not give a person a criminal record.

How to tackle anti-social behaviour?

You should be able to expect the police and your council to tackle anti-social behaviour and make it a priority to combat it by responding professionally. But it is also clear that resources are sometimes stretched thin and while your local police and council may be doing everything within the limit of their resources sometimes that just is not enough.

Reporting anti-social behaviour when you see it is a very important first step. By organising community support groups that have both physical meetings and an online presence, you are creating a safe space to discuss both personal experiences and ideas for solutions.

When you come forward to report anti-social behaviour you may prevent the same problem happening again and you are helping make your community a safer place. Evidence from victims and witnesses is important because it demonstrates the distress and annoyance of anti-social behaviour, and shows how it damages the community.

How LEAD ELEMENT can assist in combating ant-social behaviour.

If your village or neighbourhood is experiencing trouble with anti-social behaviour, we recommend you consider jointly hiring a private security company to help you combat these problems. If you bond together in your neighbourhood, you would be able to burden share the cost of hiring private security while enjoying all the same benefits.

A physical security presence can combat anti-social behaviour in your village and is the number one deterrent for crime. Lead Element Security provides SIA-licensed, uniformed Mobile Patrol Officers in patrol vehicles to monitor your neighbourhood or village. All our vehicles are equipped with CCTV and trackers capturing everything on our patrols. We provide random patrols at irregular hours, covering perimeters, access points and identified weak points.

Our Mobile Patrol Officers will conduct rapid response to alarm situations, conduct varied patrols of troublesome public spaces, the exterior of homes, turning off non-essential lighting, checking and securing windows and doors, and resetting alarms if needed.

To find out more about how we can help keep your village safe with Mobile Patrol Units in combination with Physical Patrols, please contact us.