Dorset Police has joined a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB).

ASB Awareness Week 2022 encourages communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.

Organised by Resolve, an ASB and community safety organisation, the week brings together councils, police forces, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs, to show that tackling ASB is truly a multi-agency effort.

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.

ASB can range from something that is a mild annoyance, to something that causes real fear and insecurity. This has an impact on peoples’ quality of life and how safe they feel. Types of ASB include hate crime, continuous noise or parties, vandalism, misuse of communal areas or public spaces, criminal behaviour, alcohol related disturbances, nuisance vehicle noise, verbal abuse, harassment, intimidation, or threating behaviour.

In 2021, Dorset Police launched Operation Relentless to highlight its commitment to tackling ASB across the county. Separate operations are also being run under the umbrella of Operation Relentless to respond to specific local issues such as ASB in Bournemouth Lower Gardens and the beach area, or Poole bus station.

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