Nuisance and abusive behaviour are the focus of a week-long campaign which is being supported by The Swale Community Safety Partnership and Kent Police.
Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week runs from today (Monday 19th July) through to Sunday (25th July) and has been organised by Resolve, a national agency which specialises in community safety.
Throughout the week, important advice on the support available will be shared online and this will be done on top of the work officers do on a daily basis. Such work is done in partnership with partner agencies, including councils, with the aim of preventing incidents and ensuring robust action is taken against perpetrators.
Superintendent Pete Steenhuis, from Kent Police, told SFM News: "Anti-social behaviour is committed by a very small minority of people but it can have a wide-reaching impact on a community. We know from our engagement work that members of the public sometimes feel hesitant to make a report to us because they believe what they are experiencing does not warrant police action, but that could not be further from the truth. Abusive and nuisance behaviour has a significant impact on an affected person’s quality of life and is not something that should be tolerated. Each day our officers work hard to achieve good results for the communities they serve and they will always pursue the most robust and proportionate options available to them. Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour is encouraged to contact us so we can take action."
Throughout the week, Kent Police will be sharing advice on what to do if you are affected by ASB and members of the public are encouraged to follow Kent Police on social media. Policing teams will also be patrolling their communities and anyone who wants advice, or to bring an item to their attention, is welcome to engage with them.
Further information and advice can also be found by visiting: https://www.kent.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/asb/asb/antisocial-behaviour/
Anyone affected by ASB is encouraged not to tolerate it and to make a report via the Kent Police website, or by calling 101 and, if a crime is progress, by dialing 999.