Let’s take a stand for #ASBAwarenessWeek

Published: 16 July 2021

Monday 19 to Sunday 25 July is Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week 2021. This week, and every week, we’re taking a stand against ASB in our communities.

Throughout the week we will be engaging with tenants and partner agencies, in our communities and online, to spread the word about how we can work together to tackle ASB of all kinds.

Follow #ASBAwarenessWeek on social media to join the conversation.

What is ASB?

Let’s start with looking and what ASB is and how you can report it to us.

ASB is defined as acting in a way that causes or could cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household.

Examples of ASB include:

  • vandalism, graffiti or fly-tipping
  • noise nuisance
  • intimidating or threatening behaviour
  • verbal abuse
  • racial harassment
  • vehicle crime
  • firework misuse
  • yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups

You can find out more about ASB, how to report it and what happens when you do here.

Five ways to be a good neighbour

We’ve all got different lifestyles but there’s something that we can all agree on. We want considerate, tolerant and understanding neighbours.

Over the past 18 months, we’ve spent more time with our neighbours than ever before. Some people are working from home while others work at night and sleep during the day. And now summer is here, we’re spending more time outdoors, which can create more potential for conflict!

So here are five top tips to help you take a stand and be a good neighbour.

  1. Don’t be a noisy neighbour - Keep noise to a reasonable level, especially late at night. If noise can be heard outside your home, then it will probably be disturbing others. We’ll be turning up the volume on noise nuisance on Friday, so keep an ear open for that!
  2. Put your bins out on collection day – putting your bins out on collection day and putting them away when they’ve been emptied is one of the simplest ways you can keep your neighbourhood clean and tidy!
  3. Park considerately - avoid obstructing driveways or parking to close to other vehicles.
  4. Dogs bark (and cats meow) - but try to ensure they are not causing a nuisance for long periods of time. Most importantly, when you’re out and about with your dog make sure you clean up after them!
  5. Keep calm! - If your neighbour is causing you a nuisance, try to speak to them calmly about the problem. If you can’t sort the problem out calmly or you’re concerned about confronting your neighbours, get in touch with the community safety team who will be able to give you advice.

Let’s take a stand against child exploitation

The uncomfortable truth is that child exploitation is happening in our communities. Criminals are exploiting young people, using them to carry and sell illegal drugs. It’s happening in South Liverpool and throughout the country.

Our community safety team works with a number of agencies to combat child exploitation in South Liverpool but we need your help. Here are ten common signs that a child may be being exploited:

  1. Frequently absent from school, or a change in attitude or performance.
  2. Going missing from home, staying out late and travelling for unexplained reasons.
  3. Hanging out with a new group of friends, older people or in anti-social groups.
  4. Being angry, aggressive or violent.
  5. Being isolated or withdrawn.
  6. Having unexplained money and buying new things.
  7. Making more calls or sending more texts, possibly on a new phone or phones.
  8. Self-harming and feeling emotionally unwell.
  9. Taking drugs and abusing alcohol.
  10. Unexplained injuries

If you have any concerns about a young person that you think might be being exploited call us on 0330 303 3000 (option 4) or via our report ASB form. We can help the child and their family.

You can also report any concerns to Merseyside Police (101), Liverpool City Council (0151 233 3000) or Crimestoppers (0800 555 111).

Let’s look out for one another

We’ve got an amazing sense of community within South Liverpool! So why not take it to the next level and set up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme for your street?

Neighbourhood Watch schemes can reduce crime and anti-social behaviour, help and reassure those who live in the area, create closer communities and let criminals know you are watching and looking out for each other.

If you are interested in getting involved and being part of a Neighbourhood Watch contact the community safety team on 0330 303 3000 (option 4) or go to www.ourwatch.org.uk

This week our community safety team will be out and about with the local police and other partners so if you spot us, come and say hello and ask us about how you can get involved. We are stronger together!

Let’s take a stand against noise nuisance

Noise is a common problem amongst our tenants and local residents. Some noise is inevitable especially for residents’ living in a flat or an apartment but it becomes a nuisance when its level and frequency prevent anyone from enjoying their right to peace and quiet.

The following tips can help you reduce the amount of noise your household make:

  • Keep stereos, radios and televisions at a reasonable level, especially late at night. Remember that if the noise can be heard outside your home then it will probably be disturbing others. You may also want to close windows and doors to prevent the noise carrying further. Move speakers or televisions well away from walls that you share with your neighbours.
  • Do any DIY jobs during the day – it may be a good idea for large jobs that you notify your neighbours in advance.
  • Ensure that musical instruments are not played loudly, for long periods of time or late at night – it may be an idea not to use amplifying equipment or to agree times with your neighbours when you can play your instruments.
  • Keep children under control when they are playing in communal areas of your home – if you think children may be causing a nuisance to neighbours, you should supervise them.
  • Take steps to cut down the amount of noise your dog makes. Don’t leave dogs alone in your home or in the communal areas of flats for long periods of time to prevent your dog from barking or whining.
  • Don’t slam or bang internal doors or allow communal doors to slam shut, especially late at night.

We understand that most of the time noise nuisance isn’t deliberate, and you may not realise you’re disturbing your neighbours. If the incidents are frequent or are more substantial than noise nuisance then you should report it to the community safety team by calling 0330 303 3000 (option 4) or using our ASB reporting form here

How to report ASB

You can report ASB using our online form or by calling 0330 303 3000 and choosing option 4. Don’t suffer in silence. Let’s take a stand.

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