What is anti-social behaviour?
The overall definition which the CSP will apply in addressing anti-social behaviour is the definition contained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 which is:
"Acting in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household".
Whilst the term anti-social behaviour is a recent addition to our every day language, many of the behaviours it describes are not new. There are many types of behaviour that could be deemed as being anti-social. Different types of behaviour will have differing levels of impact where and when it is conducted.
- Misuse of public space: e.g. drugs, abandoned cars, joyriding, off road motorcycling
- Disregard for community: e.g. rowdy behaviour, shouting and swearing, hoax call
- Acts directed at people: e.g. groups or individuals making threats, verbal abuse, bullying
- Environmental Damage: e.g. graffiti, damage to street furniture and fly tipping
The CSP has published its ASB Policy which states the types of ASB which it will tackle and which agencies will take the lead in addressing these types of ASB.
Howis the CSP tackling anti-social behaviour?
The Borough Council employs an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer. The Anti-Social Behaviour Officer deals with cases of anti-social behaviour in the borough and works alongside the CSP.
The Officer works with other agencies, including Social Services, the Police, Housing Associations, Youth Service and the Youth Offending Team to tackle the problems. They will visit offenders to speak to them about their behaviour. Each case is different and needs an individual response but action could include:
- Asking you to complete log sheets
- Tasking a Police Community Support Officer or Community Warden to look into the problem further carrying out physical changes to the area e.g. improving lighting, fencing, alley gating
Arranging extra "diversionary" activities such as youth work
- Referring identified individuals to the Anti-Social Behaviour Task Group which can share and monitor information about the behaviour, and take appropriate action including issuing a warning letter or setting up an Acceptable Behaviour Agreement (ABA).
- In the most serious cases the CSP can apply to the courts for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO)
- Anti Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs) are a tool that the CSP can only use in the most extreme cases of anti-social behaviour. They require detailed evidence gathered over 6 months to be presented to a court.
If you have an anti-social behaviour issue to report then please call the Anti-Social Behaviour Officer on 01732 844522 or use the incident reporting form on the website.
The Community Trigger
The Community Trigger is a process which allows members of the public to ask their local Community Safety Partnership to review responses to incidents of anti-social behaviour.
The Trigger has been introduced to help ensure that agencies are working together to resolve incidents of anti-social behaviour that are affecting residents quality of life. We will do this by appropriately sharing information between agencies, reviewing the actions that have been taken and use available resources to try and reach a solution and make recommendations that will hopefully prevent the situation from reoccuring.
The Community Trigger can be used if you have reported at least three incidents of anti-social behaviour to a relevant organisation within the previous six months. These are incidents where the same behaviour, nuisance or problem has reoccured and was reported within one month of it happening.
To use the Community Trigger you will need to complete an application form which is available on the Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council website (www.tmbc.gov.uk). To find the application form please search for 'Community Trigger'. You will need to provide details of the date of each incident that you have reported, to who (name, organisation and/or Incident Reference Number - if available) and information about the anti-social behaviour incident you were reporting. By completing a Trigger application you agree to allow your details and information about you to be shared with other agencies.
Further details about what you can expect once you've completed an application form can be found on the Borough Council's website.
Anti-social behaviour minimum standards
- Reducing perceptions of ASB year on year;
- Regular updates for every community on what is being done to tackle anti-social behaviour - including an expectation to publicise ASBOs to the local community;
- Provide residents with a right of complaint to Community Safety Partnerships if effective action is not taken by local agencies through existing channels;
- Support and help for victims of ASB;
- Taking reports of ASB seriously by recording and investigating all cases and committing to keeping victims informed of action taken; and
- Ensuring better links between neighbourhood policing and other local partners to deal swiftly with problems.
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council has produced a set of minimum standards to show how it will deal with ASB. The ASB policy (as detailed above) shows how the Community Safety Partnership intends to tackle ASB and gives details about how individual agencies will deal with particular types of ASB.
If you have any queries about these minimum standards please contact the Community Safety Partnership on 01732 844522.
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