One of the biggest problems both nationally and locally that affects communities in Cornwall is anti-social behaviour.
Anti-social Behaviour covers a wide range of acts that can include verbal abuse, vandalism, joyriding, noise nuisance, criminal damage, assault, throwing missiles, underage drinking, engaging in threatening behaviour in groups or harassment of residents or passers-by.
A new ASB Strategy for Cornwall
Safer Cornwall has just published the consultation draft of our first Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy, which is planned to come into effect in April 2017. We are now seeking the views of stakeholders, partners, elected members and the public in a variety of ways. As a partnership we want to introduce a strategic mechanism to identify and facilitate further development to address key priorities linked with ASB. It is important that we work together to exercise our responsibilities in order to protect the rights of those living, working and visiting Cornwall.
Our overarching aim is to ‘Reduce incidents of anti-social behaviour through focusing on the key priority areas identified’ which include –
Alcohol and Drug Misuse
Perceptions of ASB
Due to the range of anti-social and nuisance behaviours that are defined within the existing legislative and policy framework, Safer Cornwall recognises that ASB is a cross cutting issue that impacts on all of the Safer Cornwall strategic priorities outlined in the Partnership Plan as well as the additional key themes above. Furthermore Safer Cornwall has identified five key strategic outcomes under which they will manage anti-social behaviour over the coming 3 years.
We will seek to ensure that:
Reoffending is reduced in the most persistent offenders through a coordinated partnership approach
Residents feel that the ASB issues that matter are being tackled effectively in their local area
Reduced impact of ASB on communities by targeting hotspot areas as they occur
Those at greatest risk of harm are identified and protected
Young people are referred and engaged at an early stage to address factors which contribute to their anti-social behaviour
Every week new acts of anti-social behaviour are reported, but despite these reports many cases remain unreported with people forced to put up with behaviour that can blight all areas of personal and community life.
What can be done to tackle 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 Council rely on the community to report and account for incidents of such behaviour. Environmental crime is dealt with by a range of services detailed below:
If you are being subjected to anti-social behaviour, which is causing you alarm, harassment or distress, then you can report it to the Cornwall Anti-Social Behaviour Team on 0300 1234 232 or online here:
Please note that although there is an escalation process in dealing with anti-social behavioural issues, if the behaviour is of sufficient gravity then it may constitute immediate action as opposed to going through the escalation process.