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Anti-social behaviour 'to increase' in Surrey during summer

Anti social behaviour

6:00am 17th July 2017
(Updated 7:12am 17th July 2017)

With British Summer Time in full flow we are being warned of an increase in anti-social behaviour in Surrey.

Starting today, Surrey Police has launched a week long campaign to tackle and educate people about ASB.

Since last July, the force's ASB team has issued 23 Criminal Behaviour Orders, 3 Anti-social Behaviour Injunctions, 26 premises associated with persistent ASB have been closed. 

Superintendent Duncan Greenhalgh, Surrey Police Lead on Anti-social Behaviour (ASB), told Eagle why ASB generally increases during the summer months.

He said: "As the weather gets hotter you see more people using the pubs, clubs and being out and about.

"Simple things like when the nights are hot people sleep with the windows open, so sound travels more and people are disrupted.

"You've got the schools out so more people are about in public space too, it's a seasonal thing that we see every year."

Supt Duncan Greenhalgh

Supt Duncan Greenhalgh

As Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week kicks off today (17 July), officers want to educate the public about it, tell them who to contact when it happens and help perpetrators understand the impact of their actions.

Superintendent Greenhalgh is keen to point out that not all ASB incidents should be reported to police, saying: "We often find that the police is not the best service to help individuals so we would refer them to specialist agencies who are better placed to support those with complex needs.

"Where ASB issues can’t be resolved by those concerned or by mediation we have a range of enforcement options available including warning letters, fixed penalty notices and for more serious cases – prosecution.

"The thing that we're most interested in is those cases where people's lives are blighted by what they're suffering.

"Those are the cases that we really need to know about and do something with quickly."

So what is anti-social behaviour?

The Surrey Community Safety page says issues that can be considered as ASB include:

  • Rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods
  • Night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11.00pm and 7.00am
  • Threatening, drunken or intimidating behaviour
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • Litter and fly-tipping rubbish
  • Aggressive begging
  • Drinking in the street
  • Setting off fireworks late at night
  • Abandoning cars

What isn't anti-social behaviour?

The Surrey Community Safety page says ASB can be difficult to define, and although annoying, there are some types of behaviour that are not classed as anti-social:

  • Children playing in the street or communal areas - unless they are causing damage to property
  • Young people gathering socially - unless they are rowdy, inconsiderate and being intimidating to individuals
  • Being unable to park outside your own home
  • DIY and off road car repairs- unless these are taking place late at night or early in the morning

What will Surrey Police be doing during Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week?

Neighbourhood policing teams will be joining forces with colleagues from all the borough councils as well as Surrey County Council, housing providers and Surrey Mediation Services. 

Across Surrey’s eleven boroughs there will be proactive patrols in the areas where ASB has been previously reported or where there is known disorder. 

Other work will focus on off-road bikes, skate parks and joint patrols with partners around parks and green spaces.

There will be joint working with colleagues from the Council’s Joint Enforcement Teams to tackle issues with fly tipping and noise and Surrey Mediation Services will be promoting their work. 

24hr ASB Tweetathon - To give the public an insight into the ASB issues we deal with on a daily basis, we’ll be tweeting the incidents that come into our Contact Centre throughout the day on Wednesday 19 July.


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