Cleveland Police shows support for ASB Awareness Week 2023
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Cleveland Police is supporting a national campaign to tackle antisocial behaviour (ASB) and help keep people safe.
The National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) ASB Awareness Week campaign runs from Monday 3rd July to Sunday 9th July.
ASB takes many forms and can include anything from aggressive, noisy or abusive behaviour to neighbourhood disturbances involving drugs or animals.
Throughout the week, police and partners will be highlighting the actions that can be taken by those experiencing ASB, support available and operational activity will continue across the Force area to tackle it.
Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, organised the week and commissioned national research which found that almost 1 in 5 people have had to consider moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; 1 in 10 have actually moved. Despite this, over half of those surveyed who were either a victim or witness of ASB did not report the ASB.
Within Cleveland, ASB figures dropped by more than 50% in 2022 compared with 2018.
Members of the public are encouraged to report incidents should they experience ASB, to the council or the police.
Chief Inspector Wendy Tinkler, Cleveland Police lead on ASB, said: “Antisocial behaviour can have a massive detrimental effect on people’s lives and it can be a precursor to more serious crime. It’s important that police work together with the community and our partner agencies to tackle the issue and allow people to live without fear or harassment.
“We are supporting this national campaign but want to reassure the public that we are tackling ASB week in, week out across Cleveland and we encourage our communities to report the issues they are suffering to police and partner agencies.
"Those causing ASB are at risk of fines, civil orders and criminal proceedings if they fail to alter their behaviour and reporting issues enables us to work proactively with our partner agencies to find solutions to resolve matters.”
Follow Cleveland Police on Facebook and Twitter for updates on operational activity throughout the week.
Members of the public can also report via the COPA app, which was created by Cleveland’s Police and Crime Commissioner Steve Turner. The app is designed to be easy and accessible and adds another way for people to get in touch with the Force.