Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden has launched a county wide anti-social behaviour survey to get a full picture of the scale and types of anti-social behaviour (ASB), to identify hotspots and to look at how the police and local partners can work better together to get tough on ASB and to keep local communities safe.
The Commissioner has made tackling anti-social behaviour a key priority in his Police and Crime Plan and work is already underway to establish a dedicated anti-social behaviour unit within Lancashire Constabulary.
In addition to this, the Commissioner has already delivered on his pledge to re-open local police stations and Lancashire will also benefit from an additional 600 officers joining the force. Thanks to these changes as well as extra funding for local projects through the Commissioner’s Safer Lancashire Neighbourhoods Fund, residents can expect to see improvements in tackling ASB across Lancashire.
The Commissioner’s ASB survey, which has been created with support and feedback from local community safety partners, can now be accessed via the Commissioner’s website at www.lancashire-pcc.gov.uk/anti-social-behaviour-survey.
Commissioner Snowden said: “Anti-social behaviour can take many forms including intimidating and aggressive groups, drug dealing in residential areas, damage, graffiti, and the anti-social use of vehicles.
“What they all have in common is that they are a blight on our communities and make people feel unsafe in their homes and on the streets. Anti-social behaviour is one of the top concerns raised with Lancashire police and an issue that residents write to me about every day.
“In leading the fight against crime, I want to see reductions in anti-social behaviour across Lancashire which is why I have made tackling this issue a priority in my Police and Crime Plan.
“The aim of this survey is to get a better picture of the different types of ASB and to identify any hotspots in our county.
“I am already working with the Constabulary to establish a specialist antisocial-behaviour unit and residents’ feedback will help inform the work of this unit going forward.
“Survey responses will also help us to ensure that the right resources can be targeted to the areas where they are needed and that all Lancashire residents receive the policing service they deserve alongside support from other local agencies as needed.
“I really appreciate residents taking the time to share their experiences to help shape the response across the county, not just in dealing with the police but also with other local partners, and I would encourage all residents to share their views.”
Results from the survey will be independently evaluated and shared with a range of partners including the police, local councils, housing associations and other partners through Lancashire’s Community Safety Partnerships to form a joined-up response to tackling anti-social behaviour across the county.
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