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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council shows support for ASB Awareness Week 2023

Published on Wednesday, 5th July 2023

Anti-social behaviour, market stall

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Running from July 3 to 9, 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 across the UK involving Councils, Police Forces, Housing Associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

The Council is running a social media campaign throughout the week dedicated to themes each day.

The themes include The ASB Case Review, Cuckooing, County Lines, Dog Safety and Water Safety.

The authotity also held a market stall in Nuneaton Town Centre on Wednesday, 5 July giving out community safety items and giving shopers the chance to talk to a range of partners to mark the return of ASB Awareness Week for 2023.

And a survey is being conducted throughout the week to understand the thoughts of our residents about the way anti-social behaviour is tackled.

Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that almost one in five people have had to consider moving home because of the impact ASB was having on them; one 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.

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council is urging members of the public not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team at the local Council, or to the Police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.

Cllr Clare Golby, Deputy Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and Portfolio Holder for Housing and Communities, said:

"I believe ASB is a scourge in our communities but is one that we don’t have to put up with and I’m determined to help reduce ASB wherever I can.

"Often, and because of worries or fear, people don’t speak out about these sorts of things but that’s why it carries on. There are now more and more neighbours realising they can do something about what’s happening in their neighbourhoods if they stick together. The likelihood is that if you are being disturbed by crime in your area, so are a lot of other people. You can also report things to the council or police anonymously.

"If we tackle the types of crime that the term ‘Anti-social behaviour’ covers studies have shown, we are more likely to reduce more serious crime in the future.

"This isn’t just a problem for the police or the council to sort out. We all play a part and together can make a big difference in our communities.''

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 Nuneaton and Bedworth is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”

For more information about ASB Awareness Week, visit the Resolve website.