There have been some recent anecdotal reports to agencies of anti-social behaviour in and around the town. A local partnership meeting was called at the end of last week to discuss this. One thing that was noted is that reports to the police seem few in number. All calls to the police are logged and these logs can be used as evidence if any court action is taken - just the act of reporting incidents is valuable information even if the police do not attend. The partners agreed some actions to help address some of the issues and will liaise with each other over the summer months.
What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) is where a person(s) has engaged in behaviour that has caused or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to any person.
Examples of this behaviour include verbal abuse, vandalism, joyriding, noise nuisance, criminal damage, assault, throwing missiles, anti-social drinking, engaging in threatening behaviour in groups, or harassment of residents or passers-by.
How to report anti-social behaviour?
Tackling anti-social behaviour is not just down to one person or service. Anti-social behaviour affects the community and therefore agencies such as the Police and Cornwall Council rely on the community to report and account for such incidents. If you are subject to anti-social acts in the first instance:
• Ring the police on the non-emergency number 101;
• If the threat is causing immediate danger call 999;
• If you are not expecting or wanting an immediate response email firstname.lastname@example.org
We will take what you say seriously and will treat you with respect. We understand that it might be difficult or frustrating for you to talk about what is happening. Remember – we want to help.