Cleveland Fire Brigade is joining partners to support a national campaign to tackle anti-social behaviour (ASB) and clampdown on arson.
Did you know 85% of fire calls to the Brigade are deliberate fires with the main targets being rubbish, grasslands, and vehicles?
Figures show that there have been more than 1,500 deliberate fires between April – June this year.
Running from July 18 to 22, ASB Awareness Week 2022 aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB.
Prevention teams across the Brigade are joining colleagues from Cleveland Police and local authorities in hotspot areas across the districts. They will be engaging with residents and young people to encourage them to take pride in their neighbourhood and look after our local parks and other recreational areas.
Recent YouGov research commissioned by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, found that more than half of people (56%) believe that ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle ASB in their community.
Some of our targeted areas include:
- Albert Park, Stewarts Park, Fairy Dell, and Pallister Park in Middlesbrough
- Eston Hills
- Spencer Beck Woods, Ormesby
- Summerhill Park, Hartlepool
Robin Turnbull, Area Manager, Prevention Protection and Engagement said: “Arson is a blight on our communities and diverts our resources from other incidents where lives may be at risk. It will simply not be tolerated. With school’s out for the summer holidays, this is a timely reminder to divert people away from ASB and deliberate fires.”
ASB Awareness Week is organised by Resolve and Chief Executive Rebecca Bryant OBE, added:
“ASB is not low-level crime. It can have a long-lasting impact on the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.
It is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs so that people everywhere feel safe in their homes and communities.
We are delighted that Cleveland Fire Brigade is supporting this hugely important campaign.”
For more information about ASB Awareness Week – click here
How to report anti-social behaviour
- Report anti-social behaviour to your local council or Cleveland Police on their online platform
- Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 to report issues anonymously or submit information online https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/forms/pre-form
- Join your local neighbourhood watch www.ourwatch.org.uk
- Dial 999 in an emergency if you think there is an immediate threat