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Your Weekly Mid Sussex Police newsletter ASB Special 30 July 2019

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ASB News;

ASB Awareness Week Update:

Last week we had an intensification and awareness week for anti-social behaviour.

In Mid Sussex we increased our normal number of foot patrols to walk the key problematic areas which we identified through collating and analysing the information we have received from members of the public reporting in youth ASB issues to us, therefore we mainly targeted the large popular play park areas which tied in with the start of the summer holidays and some great weather.

We were also at Burgess Hill and Hayward's Heath shopping centres to talk about ASB to local shoppers and businesses on Thursday and Friday respectively.

REBOOT Scheme:

More than 200 children aged 10-17 have now been referred into REBOOT, an early intervention scheme launched by Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne to tackle anti-social behaviour and curb serious violence across Sussex.

PCC Katy Bourne comments:
“Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is a societal problem which requires a robust partnership approach and positive policing. I want local residents to be reassured that Sussex Police is taking ASB seriously and acknowledging the negative and cumulative effect that it has on our communities."

“I’m aware from speaking extensively to the public that ASB causes immense distress and suffering to its victims and they do not regard it as ‘low-level crime’. I’m pleased to hear of targeted policing operations in hotspot areas and I encourage the public to keep reporting to the Police so they can feed that learning and intelligence into their activity."

“My REBOOT scheme is already beginning to divert hundreds of young people across Sussex away from this sort of behaviour. We are working hard with partners to identify those engaging in ASB and putting them through a proven 5-stage process."

To read more click here.

Guide to Anti Social Behaviour:
What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour is an incident that falls short of a crime, where the behaviour of an individual or group causes or is likely to cause:

1/.  Personal antisocial behaviour is when a person targets a specific individual or group.

2/.  Nuisance antisocial behaviour is when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.

3/.  Environmental antisocial behaviour is when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.

Examples of ASB
Under these main headings antisocial behaviour falls into one of 13 different types:

Abandoned Vehicle: A vehicle which appears to have been left by their owner rather than stolen & abandoned. It includes scrap or ‘end of life’ vehicles & those damaged at the scene of a road traffic collision which have been abandoned & are not awaiting recovery.

Vehicle nuisance: Vehicles being used in acts such as street cruising - driving up & down the street causing annoyance & bothering road users, vehicle convoys, riding or driving on land other than a road.

Rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour: General nuisance behaviour in a public place or a place to which the public have access, such as private clubs. It does not include domestic-related behaviour, harassment or public disorder which should be reported as crimes.

Rowdy or nuisance neighbours: Rowdy behaviour or general nuisance caused by neighbours. Includes boundary & parking disputes, noise nuisance from parties & loud music.

Littering: Fly tipping & discarding litter, rubbish or drugs paraphernalia in any public place.

Animal problems: Any situation where animals are creating a nuisance or people’s behaviour associated with the use of animals is deemed as antisocial. It includes uncontrolled animals, stray dogs, barking, fouling & intimidation by an animal.

Trespassing: Where people have entered land, water or premises without lawful authority or permission. It ranges from taking an unauthorised shortcut through a garden to setting up unauthorised campsites.

Nuisance calls: Any type of communication by phone that causes anxiety & annoyance, including silent calls & intrusive ‘cold calling’ from businesses. It does not cover indecent, threatening or offensive behaviour which are crimes.

Street drinking: Unlicensed drinking in public spaces where the behaviour of the people involved are deemed as antisocial. It also covers unplanned & spontaneous parties which encroach on the street.

Prostitution-related activity: Activity involving prostitution such as loitering or promoting prostitution. Also refers to activities in & around a brothel which impacts on local residents. It does not include ‘kerb-crawling’ which is a crime.

Nuisance noise: All incidents of noise nuisance that do not involve neighbours.

Begging: Anyone begging or asking for charitable donations in a public place, or encouraging a child to do so, without a license.

Misuse of fireworks: Inappropriate use of fireworks, unlawful sale, possession of fireworks & noise created by fireworks.

What can I do?
It is important to keep records of when and what behaviour is happening. Don't be afraid to tell one of the partner agencies about it and ask for support when you need it. To help you and others:
• Report it
• Record it
• Look out for others that may experience anti-social behaviour and report it on their behalf
What can the Police Do?
Informal Interventions: Where appropriate, considering risk of harm and case-by-case factors, along with:
A verbal or written warning
A Community Resolution
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC’s)
Parenting Contracts
Support and Counselling (Referral and signposting)
Community Remedy: This gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators of anti-social behaviour when a community resolution, conditional caution or youth conditional caution is chosen as the most appropriate response.
Community Triggers: This gives victims of persistent anti-social behaviour the ability to demand a formal case review where the locally defined threshold is met in order to determine whether there is further action that can be taken.
The Community Trigger empowers repeat victims of anti-social behaviour to ask for a review of the actions the partner agencies have taken to resolve their concerns.
To be eligible, you need to:
• Have experienced three incidents as an individual in the last six months.
• Be five individuals in the local community who have separately reported similar incidents, where you all feel dissatisfied with the action taken and all agree that they want to raise the community trigger.
Each of the incidents needs to have been reported within one month of them taking place and you must apply for community trigger within six months of the latest incident. The victim can be a business, individual or a community group.
You can apply for the Community Trigger on behalf of someone else, but you must provide their written consent alongside the application form.

How do I Report It?
Contact Police Non Emergency 101, or Online at www.sussexpolice.uk

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Patricia Dejesus (Police, Prevention Support and Engagement Officer, Sussex)

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