Multi-agency team begins blitz on anti-social behaviour around Horton Road
A multi-agency team led by Slough Borough Council dropped in on residents in the Horton Road area last Wednesday. In an unprecedented effort the team set about door knocking to discover residents’ views – as well as warning of a clampdown on anti-social behaviour and other “low level” crime.
A team of eight officers from the council’s neighbourhood services team, Thames Valley Police and Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service visited homes in the Horton Road area on Wednesday 27 May, Slough Borough Council has revealed today.
The purpose of the visits was to speak to residents about low level crime and anti-social behaviour and encourage greater reporting of incidents.
The team knocked on 227 doors although the Council doesn’t reveal how many were in.
The team also delivered a letter to residents in the vicinity warning that the Council was prepared to use Fixed Penalty Notices, the newly launched Community Protection Notices, and Civil Injunctions while arrests could be made under the Criminal Damage Act 1971.
Both the main residents’ associations posted messages about the initiative while the Neighbourhood Action Group, housing association L&Q and the Parish Council are also understood to be supportive, though not directly involved.
Whether that indicates a frustration that existing channels of communication are not working or simply a desire to improve the Council’s standing with the local community after a series of high profile let downs, the proof will be in the pudding. Levels of “low level crimes” reported in the last few months have apparently shot up with an increase in reports of of fly-tipping, littering, criminal damage and arson in the last few months not yet borne out in official figures which only go to March.
I’m pleased to see everyone working so closely together in Colnbrook and hope to see more visits like this in future
Esther Deacon, community project officer for Slough Borough Council, explained the intention was to approach residents directly to let them know that their concerns are being heard:
“We also hope by talking to people face-to-face we give them greater confidence to come forward and report incidents, knowing we take them seriously.”
According to the Council, issues raised by residents on the doorstep included fly-tipping, criminal damage and graffiti. Ms Deacon said the initiative would help to target efforts where they are needed.
Councillor Sohail Munawar, commissioner for … well, just about everything, made his usual supportive statement:
“The community plays an important part in keeping Slough safe and making it nicer for residents. I’m pleased to see everyone working so closely together in Colnbrook and hope to see more visits like this in future.”
How to report anti-social behaviour
Report any issues in one of the following ways:
- If it’s in progress dial the emergency 999 number, otherwise call the Thames Valley Police non-emergency number 101.
- Anti-Social Behaviour Hotline 01753 875298 (24 hour hotline)
- Council’s website www.slough.gov.uk Click on ‘Report it’
- MyCouncil 01753 475111 (option 5, ask for Resilience and Enforcement Team)
- If you are worried about reporting crime you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.