Anti-Social Behaviour The role of the local authorities City of Westminster Ainslie O’Connor Deputy Head of Crime & Disorder Reduction
When residents experience anti-social behaviour • it can be day in, day out...
There is drug taking, drug dealing, prostitution, noise, arguments between kerb crawlers, pimps and shouting that happens on our streets on a daily basis. • When I go out for a walk or jog on some mornings I see used condoms, tissues and occasionally needles. • I feel our 16 year old could be accosted by regular prostitutes who have become very territorial about ‘their’ patch.
My neighbours door is used as a lavatory for prostitutes and drug dealers, it stinks of urine and faeces. Can you just imagine cleaning that up every morning? • This behaviour is having a detrimental effect on our lives.
Is this a local authority issue? • Noise • Litter • Health & Safety: Needles • Safer & Stronger Communities • Community Engagement
Power-Tools • Crime & Disorder Act 1998 • Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 • Housing Act 1985 & 1996 • Injunctions • Anti-Social Behaviour Unit & Guide • ASB Hot-line 0207 641 3000 • Intelligence • CivicWatch • Joint enforcement & Intervention
Anti-Social Behaviour Unit • Police & Council working together • Formal consultation and case conferencing • Shared goal of changing behaviour • Combining intervention, enforcement and rehabilitation • Recognition of victims, witnesses and community engagement • Best Practice Guide
ASB Hotline Priority 2:CivicWatch & Anti-Social Behaviour • alcohol fuelled disorder and problems in or around pubs and clubs • aggressive begging • groups hanging around • rowdy behaviour. To log non-urgent anti-social behaviour such as: Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline: 020 7641 3000
Where Next? • Working with Registered Social Landlords • Roll out of Safer Neighbourhoods • Single Non-Emergency Number • Training to front-line staff to ensure early identification of future perpetrators of anti-social behaviour and potential victims