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Action week focusses on noisy neighbours

Noise Action Week BadgeIt may be passing quietly ….or not – but this week is Noise Action Week (May 18 – 23 2015).

Blaby District Council is teaming up with partners as part of a national effort to tackle noisy nuisance neighbours.

The campaign not only urges residents to be tolerant of those they live close to, but also ask themselves “am I a noisy neighbour?”

In the past 12 months the council has received a variety of complaints about noise, including concerns about barking dogs, DIY, noisy TVs and music, parties, cars and house alarms.

Investigating noise complaints  costs  councils anything from £130 to £7,000 per complaint. This is not just a cost to the council – those affected by noise need to provide evidence to support investigations. Housing providers and police community support teams also tackle noise.

Blaby District Council is part of the Anti-social Behaviour Delivery Group, which is made up of local authorities across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, and the police.

cllr Joe Orson
Cllr. Joe Orson

Joe Orson, county council cabinet member for safer communities, said:

“We want to encourage people to behave respectfully towards their neighbours and allow them to enjoy their homes without noise nuisance.

“However, we understand that households can be busy, lively and sometimes loud places with children, pets and DIY, so sometimes people need to be a little more tolerant.

“Asking yourself a question about your own noise levels helps focus you on what you could do to be a better neighbour?”

Supt. Mark Newcombe
Supt. Mark Newcombe

Superintendent Mark Newcombe the force’s lead on anti- social behaviour, said:

“At its worse, this type of anti-social behaviour can have a detrimental impact on a person’s quality of life and can leave them feeling unsafe or cause confrontational situations to occur.

“However, there are also times when the matter could be easily resolved with less confrontation if both parties spoke to each other first, especially if it is a one off event. If you are having a party then it is always a good idea to let your neighbours know in advance.

“We hope this campaign will encourage neighbours to be both more respectful and more tolerant when it comes to noise.”

The Anti-Social Behaviour Delivery Group has also produced a template for a letter which they hope residents can download and use to inform their neighbours in a positive, friendly way about their concerns.

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This, as well as tips on dealing with the county’s “top six” noise complaints, is available at: www.leics.gov.uk/asb.

To report anti-social behaviour call the council on 0116 272 7677.

The police can be contacted on 101* or Crimestoppers, which is free and anonymous, on 0800 555 111.

*Calls to 101 from landlines and mobiles cost 15 pence per call, no matter what time of day you call or how long your call lasts.

Leicestershire police support biggest ever survey to uncover true impact of policing and crime in rural areas

ruralpoliceThe largest ever survey into crime and anti-social Behaviour (ASB) in rural areas has been launched in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to find out how the police can better serve rural communities.

Supported by Leicestershire Police and the Police and Crime Commissioner Sir Clive Loader, the survey has been launched by the National Rural Crime Network (NRCN).

The survey is calling for people from Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland and across the country, who work or live in rural areas to come forward and give their views on policing in their community, the impact crime and ASB has on them and their neighbours and to ultimately help shape the future of crime prevention and rural policing.

Anyone living or working in rural areas is being encouraged to take part in the survey to help build a picture of what is a widespread but often misunderstood issue.

You don’t need to have been a victim of crime to have a view on how the police work. You may be concerned about police visibility or response, see incidents that go unreported, or you may have a local officer who is engaged and proactive.

Against a backdrop of policing budget reductions and a growing focus on higher crime areas, the new survey will assess how crime and ASB, as well as the threat of potential crime, affects individuals, both financially and emotionally.

It will also shed light on the human implications of crime and the fear of crime seeking to explore the impact not just on individual victims, but also communities as a whole.

Any crime that happens in an urban area can, and does, happen in rural areas too, and how policing is delivered affects everyone living and working there.

Traditional farm-related incidents such as fuel theft and sheep rustling make up just one part of the problem; we need to understand all the other issues that affect people in our remoter areas, as well as in market towns, villages and the countryside more generally.

Chair of the NRCN, Julia Mulligan, who is also North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, commented:

“The full scale of crime in rural areas has never before been assessed. Whilst official figures show rural

Julia Mulligan
Julia Mulligan: …survey aims to build a clear picture

crime, like crime in general, is decreasing, we are concerned about the wider implications on people and communities. The fear of crime can be as detrimental to people’s wellbeing as crimes themselves, so we are keen to find out more through this survey.

“Our aim is to build a clear picture of the issue to shape future delivery of services locally and nationally. By completing the survey, people can really have their say on how crime affects them and what they expect from local police and their partners involved in community safety.”

The survey, which is taking place with support from the Home Office, aims to build a body of information to improve national awareness of crime in rural areas as well as provide a clearer picture of attitudes towards crime to help inform government and local policy.

The findings will be important to ensure the human costs such as psychological impacts of crime are taken into account and police funding is spent where it is most needed, rather than simply being channelled to urban conurbations. The ultimate aim is to make rural communities safer.

While the survey will aim to provide a comprehensive overview of the scale and financial cost of crime and anti-social behaviour, it will also measure the emotional impact of crime in rural areas by asking how incidents made victims feel and the longer term effects on confidence and security.

Mulligan continued:

“While average crime rates do tend to be higher in urban areas, tackling rural crime comes with its own specific challenges whether that be the ability of police forces to respond quickly or the scale of crimes which may go unreported. This survey is an important step towards delivering a better service to communities and making the countryside a safer place to live and work.”

Established in July 2014, NRCN includes a wide range of organisations with an interest in community safety and rural affairs such as the National Farmers Union, Historic England, Neighbourhood Watch and Crimestoppers.

The survey will be open until Wednesday 24 June.

To complete the survey, visit http://www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net/survey?member=Leicestershire

For more information on the NRCN visit: www.nationalruralcrimenetwork.net

Enjoy, be tolerant, but call 101 about genuine anti-social behaviour this Halloween

Last year, a total of 398 non-emergency calls were taken by police call handlers between 6pm and midnight on October 31; approximately 17 per cent of those related to Halloween.

Now Leicestershire Police is reminding people to call 101 with all police non-emergency issues, including genuine anti-social behaviour in the week of Halloween and Bonfire Night festivities.

Leicestershire Police was given an October date to adopt as part of the national phased roll out of 101. During October, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland observes festivities including Diwali, Halloween and the days preceding Bonfire Night all of which present a set of unique challenges for the emergency services, city, county and district councils. The main complaints arise due to anti-social behaviour, the misuse of fireworks and the throwing of flour and eggs.

Superintendent Jez Cottrill, 101 project lead and Head of the Leicestershire Police Call Management Department said:

“It is important to state that some children will gather together and go from door-to-door to partake in “trick or treating” in the good spirit of Halloween. If done sensitively, this is not anti-social behaviour. Most will not be offended if a resident displays a sign or message to say they do not wish to take part. Most will also simply leave if politely asked to do so.

“Leicestershire Police is committed to reducing anti-social behaviour in local communities. Incidents that are purely noise related such as fireworks and noise nuisance are normally matters dealt with by Local Authorities.

“However, Leicestershire Police does wish to support residents who do experience genuine problems and officers will offer advice to callers who ring 101 or attend if it is appropriate to do so.”

Leicestershire Police thanks the members of the public who have already begun to call 101. 101 now officially replaces             0116 222 2222       as Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland’s police non-emergency number. Go to www.leics.police.uk/101 for more information.

Local Neighbourhood Policing Officers are now promoting the use of the 101 number. The public can help to ensure that 101 becomes widely remembered as ‘the other number’ to 999. Police call takers are available 24 hours-a-day seven days-a-week to listen to concerns and arrange appropriate responses.

On the introduction of the new 101 police non-emergency number, Cllr Sarah Russell, Assistant City Mayor and Cabinet lead for Neighbourhood Services said:

“I think the adoption of 101 as the national police non-emergency number is a fantastic idea. The previous incarnation of 101 had a broader remit than just Police calls, and was a great success in Leicester, but it was a complex and expensive model. It makes sense to build on an existing Police infrastructure of 24/7 call handling. I look forward to working with Leicestershire Police to see if we can develop this new 101 service so that ultimately the public have only one number to call to report any incident of anti-social behaviour in Leicestershire.”

Use link (above left) to download this poster...

To download a ‘No Thanks Trick or Treaters’ poster go to  www.leics.police.uk/halloween [pdf file*]

Anyone with information about crime or anti-social behaviour should contact Leicestershire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers which is free* and anonymous on            0800 555 111      . In an emergency, always dial 999.

Visit www.leics.police.uk/support to find information on steps you can take to reduce crime, and what to do if you are subject to a crime or anti-social behaviour.

To sign up and receive updates about policing issues in you neighborhood at a time to suit you, go to www.leics.police.uk/neighbourhoodlink

 

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