Uttlesford: working together to reduce anti-social behaviour
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We work hard to deal with anti-social behaviour across Uttlesford all year round but last week’s first national Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week was an opportunity for us to highlight how we work with our partners.
We started off in Great Dunmow with an Uttlesford Community Safety Partnership (CSP) event at the Recreation Ground off The Causeway on Monday 19 July.
Police officers and police community support officers from the Uttlesford Community Policing Team, together with environmental health and environmental protection officers from Uttlesford District Council, talked to residents and visitors about their concerns and provided them with useful information, including Watch schemes they can join, how to report anti-social behaviour and what the council can do to help them.
People were also able to enjoy a free drink from volunteers with the Council for Voluntary Services Uttlesford (CVSU) at their horsebox café.
Similar events were held in Saffron Walden, Stansted Mountfitchet and Thaxted throughout the week and we engaged with around 200 people. We marked more than 70 tools at these events and encouraged owners to register their tools while, in Elsenham, we talked to motorists about how to keep their ‘keyless cars’ safe.
Through our CSP Reaching Rural Communities work with Uttlesford District Council and CVSU, our officers visited 19 farms in the Thaxted area to talk to farmers and landowners about the specific issues they face, particularly now during the busiest time of their year.
Essex Police and Uttlesford District Council licensing officers also visited licensed premises in Dunmow to talk about the town’s Pubwatch scheme.
And many residents will have seen and talked to our officers while they were out on patrol in towns and villages across the district, visiting several anti-social behaviour hotspots as they did so. We also conducted visits to householders in Stansted Mountfitchet with Moat Homes staff and Birchanger’s Community Special Constable Martin Halls asked village residents about their issues and concerns.
Meanwhile, roads policing officers carried out speed checks in Great Dunmow, Leaden Roding, Newport and Thaxted. Speed checks and surveys were also carried out with Community Speed Watch members.
A total of 41 people during the week were reported for driving at excess speed, 13 for driving without a seatbelt and one for driving while talking on a mobile phone. One motorist was reported for driving a vehicle in a dangerous condition, two for vehicle defects and one for having no MoT.
If you’ve been a victim of anti-social behaviour, or any crime, and are feeling mentally impacted by it, do contact Victim Support on 0808 1689 111.
Anti-social behaviour is not just nuisance behaviour, it can severely impact on victims and make their lives a misery.
With summer holidays now starting and the lifting of coronavirus restrictions, more people will be out and about and enjoying our towns, countryside and coastal areas.
This also brings the risk of increased anti-social behaviour. While some of this will be down to people deliberately causing problems, there may be others who are unaware their behaviour is seen as intimidating or disruptive.
We are focused on dealing with anti-social behaviour, supporting victims and dealing with those responsible.
We can deal with it in a number of ways – such as dispersal orders or closure orders for properties – and we work closely with local councils and other partner agencies to find additional solutions.
We are always looking for more volunteers to join the Special Constabulary, whether they want to become a Community Special Constable dedicated to their local town or parish or to police a little further afield.