Bedfordshire Police is intensifying its efforts and demonstrating its commitment to combatting antisocial behaviour (ASB) this week for national ASB Awareness Week.
During the week Community policing teams, alongside community safety specialists Resolve – will be conducting dedicated operations to prevent ASB by carrying out weapons sweeps and encouraging local residents to support them by reporting incidents.
They will also be highlighting the support that they can provide to victims of this very serious and distressing crime.
Bedfordshire police has joined forces with local authorities and other agencies to present a joint response to ASB in order for them to build neighbourhoods where everyone can feel safe.
They will also be focusing on increasing their presence in order to deter and disrupt anyone thinking of committing ASB and will be conducting targeted operations to combat vehicle nuisance and drug-related crimes.
Local police teams will be spending the week building trust in communities and giving residents the opportunity to learn more about ASB and its impact and also to share experiences and report any issues that are causing distress.
Their aim is to establish long-term community relationships and collaboration in their fight against ASB.
Community Policing Chief Inspector Jim Goldsmith, the force’s ASB lead, said: “We recognise the significant impact that ASB can have on communities and are committed to proactively addressing the issue through partnership working, prevention, and enforcement.
“Reports and information from community members are crucial in helping us tackle ASB effectively, as they provide us with intelligence to help us understand the full scale of the problem.
“Please continue to tell us what is happening in your neighbourhoods, either through our dedicated ASB online reporting form, by calling 101, or speaking to a local community officer.
“While not all incidents will trigger an immediate police response, your information is essential in helping us to build strong evidence and take appropriate action to reduce ASB in Bedfordshire.”
If you have experienced or witnessed ASB, you can report this through the Bedfordshire Police dedicated ASB online reporting form at beds.police.uk/ro/report/asb/asb-v3/report-antisocial-behaviour.
You can also report non-emergency incidents to police by calling 101 or online. For more information about what ASB is and what you can do about it, visit beds.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/asb/asb/antisocial-behaviour