Anti-social behaviour crackdown in line with new laws

Anti-social behaviour. Photo by Monkey Business Images/Rex Features
Anti-social behaviour. Photo by Monkey Business Images/Rex Features

A revised strategy for dealing with anti-social behaviour in Dacorum has been approved by the borough council.

Changes to the way the local authority deals anti-social behaviour affecting its tenants and leasholders have been drafted in line with a new government bill introduced in 2014.

As part of increased local authority powers since the passing of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Bill, Dacorum Borough Council has already obtained two closure orders for properties in Hemel Hempstead which have been causing a nuisance to others through hard drug use by tenants.

The adoption of the new policy – agreed at a cabinet meeting on Tuesday evening – falls within existing authority budgets, and allows the council greater powers in tackling incidents of anti-social behaviour through such property closures and ‘injunctions’ against anyone over the age of 10 causing a nuisance or harrasment in residential and non-residential areas.

The policy states: “Dacorum Borough Council recognsies that the problems created by anti-social behaviour need to be addressed in a robust but proportionate manner.

“Residents are entitles to live in a quiet and peaceful environment and where appropriate the council will aim to act quickly and efficiently to tackle incidents.

“We will not tolerate incidents of anti-social behaviour and this will be made clear to all tenants, prospective tenants and residents of the borough.”

The report goes on to ensure all complaints relating to anti-social behaviour are taken seriously and are investigated fairly and swiftly, working with other organisations such as police and courts where appropriate.

All reports of nuisance or anti-social behaviour involving council tenants can be made by calling 01442 228000 and asking for Housing Service. 
All reports involving private tenants or home owners should call 01442 228000 and ask for the Anti-Social Behaviour team.

If you have been a victim or witness of a crime you should always contact police. In an emergency, dial 999, and call 101 for non-emergencies.