Henry Smith MP has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and keep people in Crawley safe.
Running from 18th to 22nd July, ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.
Organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, the week features a series of events all across the UK involving councils, police forces, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.
“I’m pleased to offer my support to ASB Awareness Week 2022, and I’m committed to ensuring that everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.
“This is an area of concern that needs to be addressed on both a local and national level and I welcome this opportunity to highlight the issue.”
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve found that more than half of people (56%) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community. However, after they witnessed or experienced ASB, a similar proportion of the public (57%) said that they did not report it to anyone.
The Crawley MP is urging local residents not to suffer in silence if they experience ASB. Incidents can be reported to the anti-social behaviour team at Crawley Borough Council, or to the police if people feel that they are at immediate risk or in danger.
Rebecca Bryant OBE, Chief Executive of Resolve, added;
“ASB is not low-level crime. It can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
“It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.
“We are delighted that Henry Smith MP is supporting this hugely important campaign. It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.”
For more information about ASB Awareness Week please visit: www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek
Note to Editors:
All survey figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov plc. Total sample size was 2006 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 1st to 4th April 2022. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).