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Anti-social behaviour clampdown

 
Created on 06/04/2021 @ 09:44

 

Dyfed-Powys Police has revealed that it receives almost 10,000 calls a year relating to anti-social behaviour as it continues to clampdown on preventing minor issues from escalating.

From verbal abuse and harassment, to nuisance drinking and drug dealing, anti-social behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of offences that go beyond what many people associate with the term.

As part of Dyfed-Powys Police’s INTACT campaign, the force is this month focussing efforts on raising awareness of what constitutes ASB, how to report it, and how police deal with reports of this kind.

Sergeant Rhian Curtis, of the Safer Communities Hub, said: “Anti-social behaviour is an umbrella term for a range of incidents or crimes, all of which can have a hugely negative impact on individuals and wider communities.

“There are many offences covered by antisocial behaviour, however, if left unreported or unresolved, it can escalate into more serious crimes which can have devastating effects.”

Since 2018, Dyfed-Powys Police has received an average of 9,500 reports of ASB each year. The control room saw a large increase in calls during 2020, however breaches of Covid restrictions were also recorded under this crime category.

The force said that care is taken by officers and staff to ensure a problem-solving approach is followed to diagnose root causes of this behaviour and find solutions tailored to each situation.

Sgt Curtis said: “We look at each case individually, working with partner agencies to work out what the best approach would be to tackle the issue. In some cases the solution is fairly simple, while in others officers try various ways to resolve the problem.

“Our main aims are to put the victim first, and to ensure we minimise the risk of issues escalating.”

The commitment shown to giving ASB victims a voice has earned Dyfed-Powys Police the ASB Help Pledge – with the force being the first in Wales to receive the award.

Officers dealing with ASB are able to issue warning letters as a first official notice to offenders – with 224 first stage, and 36 second stage warnings handed out to young people between February 2019 and 2021.

Another early intervention tactic is to issue an Acceptable Behaviour Contract, which is designed to engage someone involved in ASB to acknowledge the impact they are having on other people, with the aim of stopping it. Fifty-three such contracts have been issued over the past two years, with 16 breaches recorded.

Officers are also able to Community Protection Warnings and Notices, which can impose a number of requirements on an individual, apply for closure orders on properties causing a nuisance to the community, or Criminal Behaviour Orders for individuals who have been convicted of a crime.

For information on which matters can be reported to police and which need to be directed to your local authority, visit bit.ly/DPP101Online

How can I report anti-social behaviour?

Did you know it’s not just police who deal with ASB? Some behaviour needs to be reported to your local council.

If you are reporting to us, remember you can now contact us online: bit.ly/DPP101Online

If you’re unsure who to report to, visit www.askthe.police.uk 

LOCAL AUTHORITY:

Noise nuisance

Graffiti 

Fly-tipping

Dog fouling

Abandoned vehicles

POLICE:

Alcohol-related nuisance

Vandalism to your vehicle

Harassment 

Drug dealing or use

Fireworks - if a danger to others

Prostitution

Vehicle nuisance such as racing



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