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Wolverhampton city partners mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week

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Wolverhampton Homes, West Midlands Police and city partners have joined a national campaign that is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand against anti-social behaviour (ASB) and make communities safer.

Running from July 19 to 25, ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those facing it.

Organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

Wolverhampton Homes in partnership with West Midlands Police work closely with residents to tackle ASB in Wolverhampton. Together they’ve been clamping down on nuisance behaviour, which includes people riding motor bikes and quad bikes around the estates, in Underhill and The Scotlands. Cameras and drones are in operation and regular patrols are taking place. Officers are engaging with the local community to obtain evidence and provide support. Evidence provided by residents is treated in the strictest confidence.

City partners are taking early intervention by working closely with Wolverhampton Homes’ Lettings team. In partnership with their Tenancy Officers and the police’s Neighbourhood team, new tenants are well informed of the best points of contact for support with ASB.

Joanne Mason, Head of Housing Operations at Wolverhampton Homes, said:

“It’s crucial that residents are aware of the best ways to tackle ASB in the community. Many neighbourhood disputes stem from a misunderstanding so try speaking to your neighbours in the first instance. Remember to be calm, polite, listen to one another, and be open to suggestions and compromise.

“If you feel talking to your neighbour is unsafe, or you don’t feel able to, we can help. We will handle your case in the strictest of confidence, but we’d encourage you to leave your contact details so we can update you and gather further information if needed.

“We are passionate about creating a safer community for all and the best way to do this is by working closely with West Midlands Police, city partners and local residents.”

Hasson Shigdar, Wolverhampton Partnerships Detective Chief Inspector, said:

“The impact of anti-social behaviour can be traumatic for people involved. Often, they feel frightened in their own homes or neighbourhoods, and in a constant state of anxiety and apprehension. We need to do all we can, along with our partners across Wolverhampton, to highlight and challenge this unacceptable behaviour.

“West Midlands Police, the City of Wolverhampton Council, together with partner agencies, can take enforcement action against persistent offenders and I encourage residents to report ASB if they are affected. ASB Awareness Week provides a great platform to engage and educate the public, which is what we will seek to do.”

Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve, said:

“We need to change the way we think about ASB. It is not low-level crime. It devastates the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.

“As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.

“We are delighted to have Wolverhampton Homes, West Midlands Police, and their partners involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.

“It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”

Learn more about how Wolverhampton Homes deals with ASB

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