Merseyside Police will be working with local communities and partners across next week to highlight the support available to people experiencing anti-social behaviour and the work taking place on the Wirral to prevent and tackle it.
The 19-25 July has been nationally identified as a week to shine a spotlight on anti-social behaviour to help make communities safer.
During the week, in Wirral, Merseyside Police will be staffing the mobile police station at key ASB locations across the borough to build on the work they carry out on a daily basis in our communities to address the issues that matter to Wirral residents.
Chief Superintendent for Local Policing, Zoe Thornton said, “Anti-social behaviour is a priority for Merseyside Police and this awareness week offers an opportunity to highlight the issues of ASB and the impact it can have on the local communities.
People deserve to feel safe where they live and our activities this week will highlight some of the work that we undertake on a daily basis to support our communities and tackle ASB.
Merseyside’s Police Commissioner Emily Spurrell said, “Anti-social behaviour can have a hugely damaging effect for victims who are repeatedly and persistently targeted. It causes fear, stress, anxiety, depression and leaves people too scared to leave their front door and even afraid while they are inside their own home.
“That’s why tackling and preventing ASB is one of my priorities. I welcome the launch of the UK’s first official ASB Awareness Week and all the fantastic multi-agency initiatives planned by Merseyside Police and our partners over the next week and beyond.
“Everyone deserves to feel safe where they live. I hope this event will help to bring communities together to take a stand against ASB and highlight the help and support which is available to anyone affected by it.”
Mark Camborne, Assistant Director of Neighbourhoods, Safety & Transport for Wirral Council said, “While overall crime has reduced since 2020, correlating with the impact of living in a pandemic, crimes such as anti-social behaviour have seen increases.
“As part of ASB week we will be running a multi-agency Operation Staysafe to target persons involved in risk-taking behaviour. We are also conducting multi-agency Action Days in various areas in response to reports of ASB.
“We know how much anti-social behaviour can negatively impact residents’ lives and as such, tackling ASB remains a key priority of Wirral’s Community Safety Strategy, with plans to not only prevent crimes and use appropriate enforcement but to also work to understand root causes within our communities.”
ASB Awareness Week is 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).
Rebecca Bryant OBE, chief executive of Resolve, said, “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.
“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.”
To find out what is happening each day follow Merseyside Police’s social media accounts for regular updates.
Information about summer holiday clubs in Wirral, including how to enrol, is published on the Edsential website
For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek
If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour or are a victim of a crime you are encouraged to report this to Merseyside Police @MerPolCC or online here .
You can also report anonymously to Crimestoppers 0800 555 111