Anti-social behaviours are actions that negatively impact or lack consideration for the well-being of others in a community. If your quality of life is affected by other people in your community, then you could be a victim of anti-social behaviour.
There may be a fine line between anti-social behaviour and disputes with neighbours, however, if it becomes persistent, then those minor disputes could become a form of anti-social behaviour. In the social housing sector, anti-social behaviour can include:
· Loud noise from neighbours.
· Harassment, such as verbal abuse or threatening behaviour.
· Vandalism, property damage and graffiti.
· Inconsiderate use of vehicles.
· Animal related problems.
Behaviour like this can make an area a frightening and unpleasant place to live. So, what can we do to help combat this issue at housing associations? In this blog, we cover 3 tips on the actions we can take to reduce problems with anti-social behaviour in our communities.
Internal & External Officer Patrols
Carrying out regular foot patrols around the premises is one way to help in the fight against anti-social behaviour. Not only can patrols help reduce criminal activity, but they can also improve public confidence and create a stronger feeling of safety within the community.
Having uniformed officers patrolling the premises can act as a serious crime deterrent, as they can act as a warning-signal to any potential criminals. Criminals will often choose the place with the least obstacles to commit a crime and uniforms are an easy crime prevention tactic, that will cause the culprit to think twice.
CCTV systems are an ideal solution to tackle anti-social behaviour and reduce the fear of crime. The presence of a CCTV camera infers an air of danger, making people think twice about carrying out illegal activity. A study conducted by Voxeu found a 20% reduction in crime in areas that are monitored by CCTV. It goes without saying that having this advanced piece of technology will act as a serious deterrent when it comes to tackling criminal activity.
Whilst not every area is covered by CCTV, body cameras worn by officers are also available to capture vital footage that may not have been caught otherwise. Not only do they improve an officers personal safety, but body-worn cameras can also help secure criminal prosecutions thanks to their live video and audio evidence. This is essential when it comes to helping reduce anti-social behaviour.
An injunction is a court order which may inform people that they must refrain from certain acts. They can be applied for by agencies including the police, a local authority, or a housing provider. Injunctions can be granted against anyone who is aged 10 or above if they are engaging or threatening to engage with anti-social behaviour.
An injunction can be sought in a civil court, to prevent behaviour that appears to be capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to any person. In some circumstances, the court has the power to grant an injunction excluding an adult from their home. It is only able to do this if the application was made by the police force responsible for the area where the property is.
Whilst anti-social behaviour can have a negative effect on communities, there are a lot of organisations who can help deal with it. To find out how we can help you create a safer environment within your community, please do not hesitate to call us on 0330 022 9420.