Posted: Thursday 18th August 2016
Low level crime and nuisance behaviour has a huge part to play in how safe we feel. Behaviour which is rowdy and insensitive to others has a detrimental impact on our quality of life, even if it is not a criminal matter. In summer, reports of antisocial behaviour (ASB) and low level disorder typically increase to coincide with the longer and warmer nights. It can be a delicate situation to handle, especially if the perpetrator hasn’t broken the law, and requires a balanced and sensitive approach with the emphasis on talking.
Police officers are trained mediators and are working with local authorities and partners to make a difference in restoring peace within our communities. Admittedly, volume can outweigh frontline resources but we all fully appreciate the damage antisocial behaviour can inflict on communities such as Calverton and we are committed to tackling it.
One person’s fun can become another person’s horror and parents have an important role to play in helping their children understand what constitutes reasonable and fun behaviour this summer. Nobody should have to put up with antisocial behaviour or live in fear and there are robust systems in place to report incidents. Persistent, targeted antisocial behaviour can isolate and cause a similar level of psychological distress to hate crime and there is no place for such disrespect in Nottinghamshire.
There are a number of systems in place to ensure antisocial behaviour problems are dealt with effectively and given the seriousness they warrant. The Community Trigger scheme, for example, enables victims of ASB to activate a review of the agency response to the problem where they felt they didn’t receive a satisfactory response. The focus of this case review is on bringing all the agencies involved in a complaint to take a more joined-up, problem-solving approach to resolve the issues.
Additionally, restorative justice is bringing offenders of all sorts of crimes including ASB face to face with their victims to improve future relations and to help heal their experiences. Research shows that offenders who are provided with an opportunity for listening to their victims’ point of view and making amends through Community Remedy can prompt a positive attitude change in the offender and stop their offending.
But often, a sensible approach and talking can clear the air before antisocial behaviour becomes embedded. For instance, are children playing or are they actually engaging in criminal activity? Explaining the effect of someone’s behaviour on your quality of life can often resolve the problem but if not help and support is always available.
Nottinghamshire Police and Crime Commissioner