Winchester Community Partnership aims to keep anti social behavior levels low this summer

Press Release: 19/04/2012

Last year's summer campaign against anti-social behaviour (ASB) was deemed a great success because recorded ASB levels continued to fall, public order offences fell by 4.3% criminal damage by 5.3% and the number of yellow cards issued for ASB reduced by 51.2%. This year a similar initiative will be running in the Winchester District, from Sunday 1 April to 30 September 2012.

With the lighter evenings and improving weather it is a great time to go out and enjoy all that the local area has to offer. Unfortunately this can sometimes result in an increase in reports of ASB which is often linked to large groups of people gathering in certain areas. A small minority do engage in behaviour that can escalate from ASB into criminal damage or more serious alcohol related ASB. This behaviour can impact on local communities and individual's quality of life. To try and reassure the public a number of agencies have put together a campaign that aims to be robust in tackling and enforcing against ASB, especially as it is a high priority for Winchester communities.

Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP) aims to tackle the seasonal increases in ASB by:

  • Providing increased patrols in hot spot locations on key days and times
  • Encouraging positive and appropriate reporting of anti-social behaviour
  • Working with local communities to identify local priorities

The Safer Neighbourhood Policing Teams have already started to send out letters which will go out to parents/guardians thanks to the support of local schools, aimed at raising awareness of the impact and consequences of ASB. The letter includes the message to parents or carers "Please try to ensure that you know where your child is, who they are with, and what they are doing during the Easter and summer holidays. Help the police to reduce ASB".

The Chairman for the summer campaign, Sgt Matthew Fancett, said,

Anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated within the Winchester district, and this year, we will be working hard with our community safety partners to identify, tackle and deal with any incidents that arise. We have a wide range of powers available to deal with ASB, and we will be taking a firm and robust line with behaviour which is unacceptable".

He also stated

People of all ages become involved in ASB, and it is certainly not just the younger generation. We will be providing a consistent approach to dealing with anyone found committing ASB".

Robert Heathcock, Assistant Director at Winchester City Council, said,

Anti-social behaviour is always a priority for our Partnership and we will continue to work with other agencies to proactively tackle this issue. It is important to emphasise that listening to local concerns and working together to respond to the issues highlighted by our communities is not something that the partnership only does in the summer months. This campaign forms part of a range of initiatives that are conducted throughout the year in response to seasonal issues. It adopts a targeted approach that hopefully will show significant reductions in the number of incidents of ASB reported during this period".

If you witness or are concerned about any incidents of anti-social behaviour call 101, or in the case of an emergency call 999.

To find out more about the work of the Winchester Community Safety Partnership please visit www.wdsp.co.uk/communitysafety