Community Safety eNewsletter - Winter 2015
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Community Safety eNewsletter - Winter 2015

What is Anti Social Behaviour?
 
Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) can be defined as behaviour that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to others.

Types of ASB include:
  • Noise nuisance
  • Graffiti
  • Substance misuse
  • Neighbour nuisance
  • Fly tipping
  • Litter
  • Intimidating gatherings
  • Hate behaviour
  • Safeguarding concerns

What to do if you’re a victim?
  • If you have a tenancy with a registered housing provider (Housing Association or Trust) you should contact them in the first instance.
  • Contact Three Rivers District Council on 01923 776611 or enquiries@threerivers.gov.uk
  • Or call the police non-emergency number on 101

When a complaint is made about ASB to Three Rivers District Council there are several steps to work on the issue. The Community Safety Intervention Officer provides initial advice and support and logs the compliant onto our ASB database.  Information is shared with relevant agencies including the Police.  Signposting and referral to various support services is undertaken, depending on the severity of the case. Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership will review higher level cases through our ASB Action Group. The Partnership works to obtain the best outcome for victims.   



Reporting Crime
 


Keeping yourself safe

Three Rivers is a safe district with low rates of burglary, but crimes like burglary traditionally tend to rise during the autumn and winter. This is because burglars tend to target homes that are empty and if a home has no lights on during the dark afternoons and evenings it can tip a burglar off that the home is unoccupied.
 
As the evenings and afternoons grow darker, Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership are reminding residents to keep homes secure and lit up to enjoy a safe festive period. If you are going to be out during the day, give your home a lived in look by using a timer switch on lights to make sure a burglar thinks that someone is in. This is more effective if the timer switch is placed in a frequently used room – instead of a hallway – or in various rooms going on and off at different times.
 
Routinely check that windows and doors are closed and locked when you leave the house or go to bed. Always lock uPVC doors by lifting the handle and turning the key - many people don’t realise that this must be done to engage all the door’s security locks.
 
Don’t get conned out of Christmas online – keep yourself cyber safe by following the tips on www.getsafeonline.org/christmas2015.
 
Keep all your gifts in a secure place – don’t hide them in the shed, garage or in view of windows and doors. After Christmas do not leave boxes outside to advertise what you received.
 
Car and house keys and valuable items should be kept out of sight in a safe place. Don’t leave them on display on window sills, in porches, hallways or kitchens as this may act as an incentive.

Please make sure your vehicle is properly secured, windows shut, locks activated and vehicle alarms activated. If you choose not to, remove all items such as Sat Nav’s over night.

Remember to wipe away any marks from inside the windscreen of any evidence that such a device has been attached. Do not leave any items on display in your vehicle. Even a gym bag could be an opportunity to a thief. Where possible do not store tools within vehicles or leave them on display.

Secure your rear garden by locking any gates. You should also check any boundary fences to make sure they are secure and well maintained.
 
Lock away tools and gardening equipment securely after use - they could be stolen or even used to break into your home if left lying around - and remember to lock your shed, preferably with two 'hasp and staple' locks near the top and bottom of the door.
 
If you see suspicious behaviour in you neighbourhood:
  • Call the non emergency 101 number with your information
  • In an emergency call 999
  • If you know someone who may be involved with committing a crime, please contact 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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Community Safety Apps

- The Noise App


Noise from loud music, TV, radio or DIY as well as noise from commercial premises such as shops, restaurants and pubs can cause a nuisance to those have to put up with it.  It depends on many factors which include the volume, how often it happens, when it happens as well as where it happens.

Now in Three Rivers District Council there is a new way to report this type of disturbance. The Noise App is a smart phone app that lets you record and submit details of a noise issue to the Council so that we can look into the complaint.
 


- Fix My Street

Problems such as fly tipping, graffiti, drug paraphernalia, pot holes etc, can now be reported through a free app called “Fix my Street”. This app is available on smart phones, androids and tablets, and enables users to take a picture of the situation that requires reporting. The location will be recorded when submitting the picture and this information will be used to send the report to the relevant council.

Alternatively you can visit www.fixmystreet.com to report issues online, which will also be sent to the relevant council.
 




Older People’s Active Learning (OPAL) events

 
Older age is associated with being vulnerable and statistically, elderly and frail people are more likely to suffer fires and injuries in their homes than other groups. They are also more prone to crimes such as ‘distraction’ and other types of burglary. Getting out and meeting people in the community is very important but not always easy as many elderly people find themselves lonely and are unaware of the groups and societies that are available to them.
 
OPALs has been devised to help reduce some of that vulnerability and offers the older person the opportunity to sample some of the help and support which is on offer in the local community. This initiative is being run by the Three Rivers Community Safety Partnership. The concept is to bring together groups of older persons in a fairly large venue and rather than them having to walk around different stands looking for advice, we offer them a seat at a table, serve them refreshments and then in a timely fashion a representative from different agencies visits each table in turn and talks to them about the services they can offer and provides advice in an informal setting.  However, this layout depends on the venue size – in some cases speakers will need to address the group as a whole. The event typically lasts 3 – 3 ½ hours, which includes time for afternoon tea / lunch and an optional chairobics session.
 
Agencies involved include: Three Rivers District Council, Thrive Homes, Fire Service, Age UK, Herts Independent Living Service, Police, Trading Standards, Neighbourhood Watch, Watford and Three Rivers Trust, a Nutritionist etc.
 
Two events have been held so far. The first was held in Carpenders Park and attended by 47 local residents.

Some of the feedback received from attendees included:
  • “Pleasant social occasion with lots of information”
  • “Worthwhile”
  • “Presentations (were) good, but too noisy – hall acoustics”
  • “I’ll ignore unwanted mail and join more clubs”
  • “Liked being able to speak to individuals rather than on mass, but the noise was a little too much”.
  • “Great afternoon with a friendly atmosphere”

The second event, held in Abbots Langley, was a smaller event – attended by 29 residents. The smaller number of guests improved on the noise issue experienced at the previous event. However, this meant guests had longer talks from fewer speakers. The other officers still attended the event and provided information and advice during breaks.

The feedback from this event included:
  • “Really good concept”
  • “Good for social contact”
  • “Speakers were all very good”
  • “Thank you to all the organisers and speakers. It’s a pity there were not more people attending”
  • “(Enjoyed) the information on scams”
  • “I think everyone should attend meetings like this”

OPAL events will be taking place in the following wards during 2016:
  • February                     Moor Park & Eastbury
  • February                     Maple Cross
  • March                          Durrants
  • April                             Rickmansworth Town
  • May                               Mill End
  • June                              Chorleywood North & Sarratt

For more information contact the Community Safety Coordinator at Three Rivers District Council on 01923 776611.
 
    
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