We believe that all of our customers and their families have the right to live peacefully in their homes and we take reports of antisocial behaviour and hate crime very seriously.
We work with many other groups to help residents make their communities safer. These groups usually involve the police, local councils, schools, health services, drug action teams, the fire service, social services and the probation service. Wherever possible, we will work with local communities to get their views, set up meetings and give advice on how to solve local issues.
Since the 20 October 2014, Police, councils and housing associations across Bedfordshire can take advantage of new powers which have been made possible following the Government’s new Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Police Act 2014.
New ‘Community Protection Notices’ allow police, local authorities and housing associations to tackle environmentally antisocial behaviour such as noise or fly-tipping and issue fixed penalty tickets to those who breach them.
Local authorities will be able to impose new Public Space Protection Orders to prohibit certain kinds of behaviour, such as drinking and nuisance gatherings, within defined areas. Police and PCSOs will then be able to issue tickets to anyone who breaches them.
Another tool is the ‘Community Remedy’ document. It gives victims the chance to work with police and PCSOs and have a say on what low-level offenders should do instead of being taken to court. They will be able to choose from a list of pre-defined “actions”.
Under the legislation any victim who is unhappy with the response to an on-going problem by police and partners can apply to pull a new 'community trigger'. The trigger requires partners to meet, review their response and consider what more can be done.
If you want to apply for a community trigger, please visit the relevant area from the list below:
If you make a complaint about nuisance or antisocial behaviour, we will keep you informed of progress throughout the process.
We have listed the number of ways you can report antisocial behaviour below.
A Hate Incident is any event which is perceived by the victim, or any other person, as being motivated by prejudice towards a person’s:
or due to a person's:
When an event motivated by any of these things becomes a criminal offence, such as assault, damage to property or other crimes, it becomes a Hate Crime. Hate Crimes or Incidents are dealt with very seriously by us and the Police. It is important that you report Hate Crime or Hate Incidents even if they do not directly affect you as the impact on the victim can be devastating.
We are working in partnership with Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire County Council as the first Housing Association that you can report Hate Crime or Hate Incidents directly to.
So, if you would rather not speak directly to the Police you can call us. We will pass the details on to the Police on your behalf and we will not pass on your personal details if you wish to remain anonymous.
You can call and report Hate Crime to Customer Services on 0300 500 6262 and then choose option 3. You can find out more about Hate Crime by visiting the True Vision website www.report-it.org.uk
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