New CCTV equipment funded by Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster is helping to combat anti-social behaviour at a Derbyshire football facility.
Staff at The Boundary Football Facility in South Normanton said the new CCTV camera, funded via a grant from the Commissioner’s Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention Grant, has already captured footage that led to two young people pleading guilty to criminal damage.
It has also helped improve public confidence and reduced incidents of anti-social behaviour.
The update emerged as Anti-Social Behaviour Awareness Week got underway across England and Wales – a national campaign running from July 18 to 22 which encourages communities to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and highlight the actions that can be taken by victims.
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading anti-social behaviour and community safety organisation, the week will involve a series of events across the UK led by councils, police forces, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.
Police and Crime Commissioner Angelique Foster has promised to help communities affected by anti-social behaviour, including the delivery of strong local policing and a robust approach to neighbourhood crime as key priorities in her Police and Crime Plan.
She launched her first Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention Grant scheme last year soon after being elected to invest in proven initiatives that stop problems before they start. Her second targeted grant was launched recently, and she has invited charities, parish councils and local non-profit and community organisations to apply for funding to take a stand against nuisance behaviour.
The Commissioner also directly funds a dedicated support service for victims of anti-social behaviour.
“I am pleased my Anti-Social Behaviour Prevention Grant is already making a positive impact in our communities by deterring incidents and securing vital evidence to help police,” she said.
“Anti-social behaviour causes significant distress and can erode public confidence and quality of life. Almost three in every five residents completing my ‘Listening To You’ survey said they were ‘very worried’ or ‘fairly worried’ about being a victim of anti-social behaviour. This is why I will continue to invest in the right support and resources to give communities the help and funding they need to play a proactive role in solving problems.
“It is also why I will continue to hold the Chief Constable to account to ensure the force delivers an effective and efficient response to anti-social behaviour and take a zero-tolerance approach to the issue.
“I will also continue to encourage and facilitate partnership working with local councils and other organisations to focus on crime prevention as this is the best and most effective way to help and support our communities.”
The Boundary Football Facility received a grant worth £4,500.00 to install CCTV in December 2021 to increase safety at the community venue.
Louise Fox, Data Controller, said: “Not only has the CCTV been an important addition to the facility on a practical level, it has also been a very reassuring one on a personal level – giving peace of mind to individuals using the facility, particularly when up there alone.
“As part of the grant work we completed, we also continued to work on our relationships with the local Police SNT Team, alongside the allocated Police Officers and PCSOs for the area. We have established a very strong, two-way, working relationship with the team, who are constantly on the lookout for safety and wellbeing in the area, by the way of reducing anti-social behaviour.
“We can’t thank the Commissioner’s Anti-Social Prevention Grant scheme enough for what it has let us achieve for the local area in such a short space of time, and we are looking forward to continued improvements in the future.”
Figures from the Commissioner’s Listening To You survey 2021/22 show 21.9 per cent of respondents had experienced street drinking, drunken behaviour or underage drinking in their local area at least once a week and 69 per cent at least once or a few times in the past 12 months.
Meanwhile, 53.3 per cent of respondents had experienced speeding cars or motorcycles, car revving and boy racers at least once a week and 88.8 per cent at least once or a few times in the past 12 months.
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