North Wales PCC shows support for Anti-Social Behavior Awareness Week

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for NORTH Wales, Andy Dunbobbin, has joined a nationwide campaign to tackle anti-social behavior (ASB) and keep people in North Wales safe.

From July 18-22, ASB Awareness Week 2022 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against BSA and highlight actions that can be taken by those who are victims of it.

Organized by ‘Resolve’, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week includes a series of events across the UK involving councils, police forces, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

To mark the return of ASB Awareness Week for 2022, throughout the week the Commissioner travels to Llangefni, Pwllheli and Wrexham to see ongoing projects to engage with and support local young people and victims of criminal acts.

He will also join police officers on patrol to see the activities unfold to counter the ASB.

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A recent YouGov study commissioned by Resolve found that more than half of people (56%) believe that “more needs to be done” to address ASB in their community.

But after witnessing or experiencing ASB, a similar proportion of the public (57%) said they had not reported it to anyone.

Mr Dunbobbin urges members of the public not to suffer in silence if they have ASB.

Incidents can be reported to their council’s anti-social behavior team or to the police if people feel they are at immediate risk or in danger.

Providing safer neighborhoods for residents and visitors to North Wales is a key part of the PCC’s policing and crime plan, and the past year has seen a number of initiatives aimed at preventing the ‘ASB and make the streets safer.

For example, funds have been provided to keep local young people engaged in positive activities through the ‘Your Community, Your Choice’ initiative, which is also supported by the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT) and the North Wales Police.

Funding for this is often clawed back through the Proceeds of Crime Act, using money seized from offenders, and has gone to scout groups, martial arts clubs and initiatives like the Youth Shedz in Kinmel Bay and Abergele.

Funds have also been obtained to improve security in the region; the Safer Streets initiative includes improving CCTV coverage, creating safer spaces for women and girls, and training and education.

Funding has also been dedicated to tackling crime hotspots in Colwyn Bay and Bangor and targeting organized gangs and criminals from outside the area using technologies such as automated plate recognition of registration.

In rural communities, the Future Farms Cymru project is orchestrated by North Wales Police’s pioneering Rural Crime Team and under the scheme app-linked sensors immediately alert farmers in case of theft.

Mr Dunbobbin added: “Anti-social behavior is a blight on our communities and a blight which I am determined to tackle as part of my policing and crime plan, in close cooperation with North Wales Police. .

“People have the right to feel safe and no one should feel scared or intimidated in their daily life and business.

“The ASB Awareness Week campaign is a very valuable way to highlight the support offered to residents and visitors struggling with anti-social behavior.

“I urge anyone to report any incidents of anti-social behavior they experience, whether to their local council officers or the local police team.

“Throughout this week, I look forward to engaging with local residents and police, and seeing all that is being done in North Wales to tackle anti-social behavior and support local communities.”

Superintendent Helen Corcoran, North Wales Police, added: ‘Anti-social behavior is a priority for North Wales Police and this awareness week provides an opportunity to highlight the issues of ‘ASB and the impact it can have on local communities.

“People deserve to feel safe where they live, and our activities this week will highlight some of the work we undertake daily with partners to support our communities and fight ASB.”

Rebecca Bryant OBE, Managing Director of Resolve, said: “ASB is not low level crime. It can have a lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crimes.

“It’s important that the ASB Challenge continues to get the priority it needs to make sure people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.

“We are delighted that the PCC for North Wales and its office are supporting this extremely important campaign.

“Developing community-based partnership approaches is essential to address the growing challenges associated with ASB.”

For more information on ASB Awareness Week, visit: www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek.

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