A community safety partnership campaign which informs residents on what action to take if they witness anti-social behaviour (ASB) taking place in their neighbourhood is back for the summer.
As part of successful annual efforts to clampdown on ASB during the lighter evenings – #Ready2Report involves St Helens Council working together with Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and registered social landlords in response to community reports of dangerous issues such as off-road vehicle nuisance, nuisance grassland fires, underage drinking – and general nuisance behaviour in parks.
Members of the public who access the #Ready2Report pages on the Safer St Helens website will be able to find information to judge whether the type of nuisance behaviour they are experiencing in their area is environmental or criminal; where they can get help from; and what they can do to stay safe.
The campaign was first launched in spring this year and led to a 29 per cent reduction in reports of crime, with 184 less calls made to the authorities during April 2018 compared to the previous year.
Adding a creative element to the summer campaign, St Helens Council’s community safety team has teamed up with St Helens Community Archive in a bid to encourage residents to unite against anti-social behaviour in parks, such as litter and vandalism, by capturing picturesque images of the borough’s parks and open spaces to spread the message: ‘’don’t let them spoil this picture.’
As well as supporting the St Helens Community Archive, any images shared will be posted on the council’s social media pages with full credit given to the contributor.
St Helens Council’s portfolio holder for community safety, Councillor Anthony Burns, said:
“With summer nights now here; residents should be able to go out and enjoy their evening without it being ruined by inconsiderable people carrying out anti-social behaviour.
“We’re lucky to have so many beautiful parks and open spaces here in St Helens that attract visitors from inside and outside of the borough – and we want this to continue.
“If anyone has concerns about anti-social behaviour I would urge them to check out the easy-to-follow #Ready2Report pages which will help residents when it comes to submitting reports so that the appropriate action can be taken.”
Environmental ASB (rowdy and inconsiderate neighbours, general vandalism and graffiti, littering, abandoned vehicles, uncontrolled dogs and dog fouling) can be reported to St Helens Council by calling 01744 676789 or via the council’s mobile app which is free to download from all app stores.
Criminal ASB, such as threatening or offensive behaviour, drug dealing and street drinking and off-road vehicles, should be reported to Merseyside Police by calling 101; via social media by tweeting @MerpolCC – or by direct messaging the Merseyside Police contact centre on Facebook: Merseyside Police CC.
Alternatively, people can pass information on anonymously to Crimestoppers, 24 hours a day, on 0800 555 111.
In an emergency situation, call 999, so the relevant emergency service can respond.
For more information on #Ready2Report and how to report online, visit: www.safersthelens.org.uk/ready2report
St Helens Council also wants to hear residents’ views on crime and anti-social behaviour by taking part in a survey.
Supported by Merseyside Police and other crime reduction partners, the survey asks participants a number of simple multiple choice questions, including what crimes are an issue in a particular area of the borough; what type of crimes should be made a priority; and should CCTV be clearly visible to make people feel safer – while there will also be the
opportunity for residents to leave their own comments.
To contribute to the crime and anti-social behaviour survey, which closes later this year on 30 November, visit: applications02.sthelens.gov.uk/consultationsuite