Epping Forest District Council has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in the district safe.
Running from Monday 3 to Sunday 9 July, ASB Awareness Week 2023 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK involving Councils, Police Forces, Housing Associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.
Community safety days
Epping Forest District Council is holding community safety days at locations across the district.
Come visit the stalls or find officers at:
- Monday 3 July, 2.30pm to 5pm, Brickclamps Path, The Broadway, Debden
- Tuesday 4 July, 11am to 1pm, Waitrose, 27 Queen’s Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5EP
- Wednesday 5 July, 6.30pm to 10pm, patrolling Ninefields estate, Waltham Abbey
1 in 5 people
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that almost 1 in 5 people have had to consider moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; 1 in 10 have actually moved. Despite this, over half of those surveyed who were either a victim or witness of ASB did not report the ASB.
EFDC is urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the Council’s anti-social behaviour team, or to the police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.
Giving residents confidence
Cabinet member for Regulatory Services, Cllr Ken Williamson said:
Anti-social behaviour takes many forms and impacts on our communities significantly.
We are working with partners to raise awareness during the week so we can educate members of the public on how to report issues should they be experiencing them. We are working with Resolve to deliver key messages around anti-social behaviour and giving the community the opportunity to speak to our officers about their concerns.
We hope to give our residents the confidence to report ASB and know they are being listened to.
Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve added:
ASB is not low-level. It can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.
“We are delighted that Epping Forest District Council is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.
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