What types of anti social behaviour do the police deal with?
Last week I told you about a survey I am due to launch into one of the biggest problems that can plague residents’ lives – anti social behaviour.
These day to day incidents of nuisance and disorder make peoples’ lives a misery, and can have a devastating impact on individuals and communities.
I’ve heard many stories about people’s lives being ruined by anti social behaviour, and so I wanted to understand the problem in more detail.
The survey, launched on Monday 20 July, will gather the people of Dorset’s experiences of ASB as well as what types of ASB are important and what the police should prioritise.
The information we get will be vital for planning the future direction of Dorset Police, and will also provide a detailed briefing to whoever replaces me following next year’s Police and Crime Commissioner elections.
Although tackling this issue is a priority for Dorset Police, they work in partnership with other agencies, including both Dorset and BCP councils and social housing providers.
It’s important to remember there are some types of anti social behaviour that local councils take responsibility for dealing with. This includes rowdy and noisy neighbours holding late night parties, uncontrollable or stray dogs, rubbish dumping and littering, and general graffiti.
We’re looking specifically at those types of anti social behaviour the police are responsible for dealing with. That includes investigating vandalism and graffiti when it’s linked to threatening or offensive behaviour, such as sprawling racist abuse across someone’s property. The local council remain responsible for general graffiti removal.
Police linked ASB also includes buying drugs on the street, threatening or drunken behaviour, setting off fireworks late at night, the illegal using off road motorbikes and aggressive begging.
One of the main problems the police deal with is alcohol related – either people behaving in an anti social way while drinking on the street, or causing problems inside or outside the county’s pubs and bars.
We’ll be looking at the most common types of anti social behaviour that Dorset Police are called to deal with, and we want to find out which of these are the biggest cause of concern among residents.
I also want to find out how much of a problem you think anti social behaviour is in your area, whether it’s got worse or better in recent years, and whether – if you experienced a problem directly – you reported it to Dorset Police.
We’ll also be looking at people’s understanding of which organisation they should report problems to, as I realise that the range of organisations working in this area can sometimes cause some confusion. Click here for an easy guide to how to report various forms of anti social behaviour, and which organisation is responsible.
Remember, we need your experiences and opinions if we are going to be in the best position possible to tackle this problem – so please respond to my survey when it is launched next week.
We want to hear from as many people as possible across the county. That includes people who have been victims of anti social behaviour in their area, as well as those who have themselves been perpetrators of the problem.
We also want to hear from young people, as while they’re sometimes wrongly accused of being responsible for anti social behaviour, they’re also the ones that are often victims of many of these issues.
It’s important we hear about your experiences, any thoughts you have about how the police or others can work better to tackle the problems that have affected you.
So once again, look out for the survey next week, and let us know your views.