April 2018: On The Beat

March 29 2018

What to do if you're worried about ASB

CALLS about anti-social behaviour (ASB) on the beat have reduced from last summer’s peak, but we know that this issue tends to increase in warmer weather and during school holidays.

We’re still getting calls about problems with groups of teenagers causing damage, setting fires, fighting, using foul language, nuisance motorbikes and throwing things at people and vehicles.

As we’ve explained before ASB covers a wide range of issues including noisy neighbours, inconsiderate vehicle use, littering, damage and rowdy or drunken behaviour. 

Because of this we, South Gloucestershire Council and housing providers all have powers to deal with different aspects of it, and we work closely together in order to make sure we can all enjoy our community spaces and feel safe in our homes. 

We always need evidence to take action, so please report issues as they happen, with as much information about the person responsible as you can give. Although we might not always be able to attend immediately, we can build a picture of what’s happening, where and when, enabling us to target our response and bid for resources.

You can download an incident diary and find more information on reporting ASB from www.avonandsomerset.police.uk or www.southglos.gov.uk 

Young people often get blamed for ASB. We’re continuing to tackle those who cause issues, but remember most just want to meet their friends. Parents and carers can help to keep their children safe and out of trouble by making sure they know where they are and who they’re with.

PC James Rochford