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ASB Awareness Week: Making Communities Safer

by Alison Cornmell

Knowsley’s Community Safety Partnership has joined a national campaign that is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand against anti-social behaviour (ASB) and make communities safer.

Running from 19 to 25 July, ‘ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer’ will see Knowsley’s Community Safety Partnership working together. Throughout the week they will demonstrate the work they do to tackle ASB, encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those experiencing it.

During the week, the Crime and Communities Team, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Housing Associations and Vibe will be in our communities addressing the issues that matter to Knowsley residents. From school visits and leaflet drops to quad bike patrols and high visibility presence in hot spot areas they will engage with communities across the borough.

To find out what is happening each day follow the Safer Knowsley social media accounts for regular updates – Facebook, Twitter.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said:

“Addressing anti-social behaviour in our communities is a priority for Knowsley Council. We understand that ASB is not low-level crime, and it can devastate the lives of victims and communities. People deserve to feel safe where they live.

“This week shines a light on the work that the Knowsley Community Safety Partnership are doing everyday to tackle this priority issue. We use this opportunity to celebrate the dedication of our teams to help keep residents safe and to build better and safer communities.

“We also urge our residents to report any incidents of ASB they experience or witness. By sharing this information, we can work as a partnership to tackle it. You can report directly to the police or to other partners anonymously.”

Activity taking place throughout the week includes:

  • Crime and Communities Team letter drops across the borough offering crime prevention advice and appealing for information about resident concerns
  • A number of ‘Talk-about’ events to take queries from residents in relation to crime and anti-social behaviour and how the various ways that these issues can be reported to relevant partners.
  • Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service will deploy their Street Intervention Team to ASB hotspot areas, as well as doing leaflet drops to offer fire safety advice while also doing fire safety checks in homes.
  • Knowsley’s Local Policing team will deploy patrols to ASB hotspot areas
  • Vibe, Knowsley’s Youth Service, continue to offer a range of clubs and programmes both inside and outside our centres to support Knowsley’s young people’s relationships and wellbeing.
  • Quad bikes will patrol areas where police receive reports of those riding scrambler bikes illegally
  • Knowsley policing schools officers will deliver talks to pupils about the impact and consequences of anti-social behaviour in local communities.
  • A day of action organised by Livv Housing to address concerns from their residents.

ASB Awareness Week is organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

Rebecca Bryant OBE, chief executive of Resolve, said: “As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.

“We are delighted Knowsley is involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.

“It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”

For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek

REPORT IT

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police via 101 or online here.

However, if there is anything you would like to discuss in confidence with our Crime and Communities Team please email Safer.Knowsley@knowsley.gov.uk

Or report anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111