East Herts Community Safety Partnership shows support for ASB Awareness Week 2022
Published 18th July 2022
Group photo taken in Bell Street Sawbridgeworth on 18/07/22, from left to right: Amanda Morrison, Clarion; Michelle Adeyinka, Clarion; Lauren Mason, Clarion; Kate Gilmartin, Clarion; Julie Pomfrett, EHDC; Louise Bouttell, Herts Fire and Rescue; Amanda Higham, Police; Emma Colebeck, Police; Amanda Calvert, Police.
East Herts Community Safety Partnership has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in East Herts safe.

Running from Monday 18 July to Friday 22 July, ASB Awareness Week 2022 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.

Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events across the UK involving Councils, Police Forces, Housing Associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

The Community Safety Partnership based in East Herts, will be visiting locations in the district to engage with residents about ASB, including how they can report it and to who and using an online survey to gather people’s perceptions about ASB to mark the return of ASB Awareness Week for 2022.

Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that more than half of people (56%) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community. However, after they witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar proportion of the public (57%) said that they did not report it to anyone.

Agencies are urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team at the local Council, or to the Police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.

East Herts Council’s community safety team will be present with partners in the following locations:

Date Location Time
Mon, 18 July Bell Street, Sawbridgeworth 10am-12noon
Mon, 18 July Jackson Square. Bishop's Stortford 2pm-4pm
Wed, 20 July Parliament Square, Hertford 11am-1pm
Wed, 20 July Tudor Square, Ware 1pm-3pm
Thu, 21 July The Bell, Standon 11am-1pm

You can also take part in a small survey online.

Councillor Peter Boylan, Executive Member for Neighbourhoods at East Herts Council, said:

“We are always striving to make our district a safer, more desirable place to live and visit. Anti-social behaviour affects victims and communities in many ways and this awareness week is an opportunity for us to come together and reduce the issue within our community.

“I would encourage residents to come along to one of the events and speak to our community safety team and help us by taking part in our online survey. It’s important that we all work together to eliminate ASB and make our district an even more pleasant place to live for this and future generations.”

East Herts Safer Neighbourhood Inspector, Mark Collins, said:

“We know that ASB can have a detrimental impact on local communities, and we’re committed to working with our partners to tackle these issues. Information from members of the public is so important, as it enables us to build up a picture of what the problems are, in order for us to allocate our time and resources as needed and identify long term solutions.”

Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve added:

“ASB is not low-level crime. It can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.

“It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities. 

“We are delighted that East Herts is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”

For more information about ASB Awareness Week – visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek  

Note to editors:

About the survey

All survey figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2006 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 1st – 4th April 2022. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

About ASB Awareness Week 2022

ASB Awareness Week will runs between 18 - 22 July 2022

The week of action will bring together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand and work together to make communities safer.

Organised by Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Local Government Association, National Police Chiefs’ Council and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council.

About Resolve

Resolve is a centre of excellence solely focused upon community safety and anti-social behaviour (ASB). We strongly advocate that community safety issues and ASB can be tackled effectively, and everyone has a right to feel safe. ASB should be treated as a priority, it is not low level and is a precursor to serious crime.

It is our mission to professionalise the sector by helping organisations to effectively deal with community safety and ASB issues through training, support, guidance and sharing best practice.

Tackling ASB and community safety is core business for all of our members, including social housing providers who collectively manage more than 3 million homes throughout the UK. Other members include Local Authorities, who make up 25% of our membership, housing law solicitors, mediation services and the Police.

About the East Herts Community Safety Partnership:

The East Herts Community Safety Partnership is a multi-agency group with the responsibility, under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, to address community safety, crime and anti-social behaviour, and safeguarding issues relating to community safety. The Partnership meets every quarter to enable senior representatives of East Herts Council, the police, the fire and rescue service and health and probation services to come together to review the most pressing issues in the district so as to plan joined up responses.

For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk