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Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week 

Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week runs from 19 to 25 July 2021 and we encourage everyone to report antisocial behaviour wherever it occurs. The term antisocial behaviour (ASB) describes behaviours that can seriously impact the quality of life for people and their communities.

Antisocial behaviour includes:

  • Threatening and abusive behaviour
  • Intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • Vandalism, graffiti and flyposting
  • Dealing and buying drugs on the street
  • Dumped rubbish and abandoned cars
  • Begging and antisocial drinking
  • Misusing fireworks
  • Nuisance neighbours

If you are concerned about antisocial behaviour, you should report it.

To report crime, call the police on 999 if the crime is taking place at the time or call 101 or visit Met Police to report a crime that has already taken place.

To report an issue with fly-tipping, graffiti and dog fouling, report it online or call Richmond Council's main switchboard on 020 8891 1411 (9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday).

To report noise nuisance from premises, contact the Council Noise Service by ringing 07944 038 495 between 10pm and 3am on Friday and Saturday nights or report it via our noise and nuisance section.

Keeping your riverside safe

With an easing of restrictions and arrival of good weather more of us will want to enjoy Richmond’s beautiful riverside.

Sadly, last year’s hot weather also brought high-risk anti-social behaviour as rowdy groups gathered on the riverside while others jumped from bridges with no thought for the safety of others or themselves.

To keep our riverside safe and enjoyable for all we are working with the Police, Environment Agency, and partners to address problem behaviour.

In addition to safety improvements and increased signage at key locations the Police and the Council’s Parkguard wardens will be patrolling to target anti-social behaviour with the use of anti-social behaviour warnings or fixed penalty notices for those in breach of the borough’s Public Space Protection Orders.

We recognise however that Enforcement is only a part of the solution and so we are also grateful to the RNLI, London Fire brigade and Police Schools liaison offers for their ongoing and proactive work with local schools and communities to raise awareness of water safety.

If you see someone in danger in the water, acting in a way that puts themselves or others at risk, committing a crime or engaging in anti-social behaviour please dial 999.

Find out more about the work of the London Fire Brigade, your Local Policing Team, or support the work of your local RNLI.

Ways to respond to street begging

To give or not to give

Richmond Council has been working closely with SPEAR to provide support and accommodation to rough sleepers on our streets.

With help from our partners and the public we have ensured that rough sleepers have been offered accommodation throughout the Lockdown Period.

However, as we return to normality both rough sleepers and the public face new challenges.

Richmond has seen an increase in street begging from groups coming into the borough, making it hard to tell who is in genuine need.

But there are steps you can take if you are unsure how to respond.

  • If you think the person is in immediate danger, needs urgent care, or is under 18, please call 999
  • To tell us about someone who is rough sleeping, please contact Streetlink London. They will coordinate the response for the rough sleeper.
  • If you don’t have access to a computer, please call the SPEAR outreach team on 020 8404 1481

If you want a safe lasting alternative, please use the links below to support the charities working in this area:

Putting the needs of victims at the heart of our practice

More than just a legal requirement

In 2014 the Anti-social behaviour Crime and Policing Act placed a new duty on relevant agencies to put victims first through the ASB Case Review.

The ASB Case Review (or Community Trigger) gives victims who have persistently reported antisocial behaviour the right to request a review of their case where they believe their report has not been properly addressed.

ASB Case reviews are more than a complaints process, they place a legal duty on each agency to come together to review a case, problem solve and make recommendations.

As a partnership we have placed ASB Case Reviews at the heart of our approach, strengthening our partnership through scrutiny and ensuring that all partners put the needs of victims first.

Find out more about the Community Trigger and whether your case meets the threshold for an application.

Or, for an independent overview of the Community Trigger please go to the ASBHelp website for more information. 

Updated: 20 July 2021

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