Tackling ASB in Towcester
We have adopted a positive action protocol to respond to incidents of anti-social behaviour, and will also be focusing on prevention and early intervention to keep incidents to a minimum.
Housing & Neighbourhoods and Property Services staff and a range of local partners came together on 5 October to tackle anti-social behaviour on a Towcester estate.
Following numerous complaints from residents of Hicks Court, 25 flats spread across three blocks, emh homes joined forces with Towcester Police Team and other agencies to hold a high profile action day to address their concerns. These included drug dealing, intimidation, doors and windows being broken to gain entry, and numerous housing-related issues.
Residents were notified of the action day beforehand and that staff would be available to answer their questions. ASB Officer Jaimini Dhaliwal and Housing Officer Ben Shortt checked the area for potential crime prevention and home security measures that could be taken, and responded to any tenancy complaints that were raised. Money Advice and Tenancy Sustainment Officer Imran Ghaswala was also on hand to offer financial advice. Property Services staff carried out any necessary fire risk actions, and picked up any property maintenance issues.
The safety of our residents is our highest priority, and we take every report of anti-social behaviour very seriously. To provide greater reassurance to the community, our team was supported by Police Community Support Officers and Fire Officers, among others. Crime prevention advice was delivered, and fire safety checks undertaken with our own team. Towcester Borough Council workers carried out a litter pick and provided a skip to help clear larger items.
The event was the first of many in the area, and will go a long way towards resolving the long term issues.
Together with our partners we have now adopted a positive action protocol to respond to incidents of anti-social behaviour, and we will also be focusing on prevention and early intervention to keep incidents to a minimum.