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
  • Targeted Response
  • Vulnerability
  • Young People

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

The consultation period is open from 18 November 2016 – 10 February 2017.

You can read the ASB Strategy Here  DRAFT Cornwall ASB Strategy 2017 - 2020

If you would like to take part in the consultation please take it here  

 

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:

Matter Link to council department Telephone
Dog Mess Dog Fouling 0300 1234 100
Parking Civil Parking Enforcement 0300 1234 100
Rubbish / Fly Tipping Fly Tipping on Council Land 0300 1234 100
Abandoned cars Report Abandoned 0300 1234 100
Noise nuisance Noise nuisance  0300 1234 212

 

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:

Report Anti-social Behaviour here

 

 

The Anti-social behaviour case worker for your area will look at your report and give the appropriate advice or action. You can also report by;

  • If the threat is causing immediate danger call 999
  • Ring the police on the non emergency number 101
  • If you are a tenant of a housing association then you can contact your local housing officer to report your concerns
  • 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.

What you can do now!

What happens when a report of anti-social behaviour is made?

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.

 

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Safer Cornwall are a working partnership involving: