A campaign that halved incidents of anti-social behaviour by taking vulnerable people out of low-level offending has been recognised at an awards ceremony.
Hammersmith & Fulham Council teamed up with the police to introduce community protection notices to curb unwanted behaviour on the borough’s streets.
The scheme’s success was recognised with the Bronze award at the 2017 Problem Oriented Partnership Awards - an annual award that celebrates innovative and effective partnership initiatives that address the causes of local crime.
“This is a brilliant piece of joint working that has produced a welcome reduction in unwelcome behaviour,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader of H&F Council.
“This project has helped make our streets less intimidating for residents, but has also done invaluable work to keep vulnerable people away from potential harm.”
Complaints had been made about groups of people loitering in areas from Shepherds Bush Green to Uxbridge Road and Coverdale Road, blocking pavements, drinking, littering, urinating and often fighting and verbally abusing each other.
The new measures – tailored early interventions to help tackle low-level anti-social behaviour – were used alongside H&F Council’s extensive CCTV network to marked effect. Incidents of anti-social behaviour subsequently fell by 56 per cent in one year.
Provided help for troubled teen
One person to benefit from the new scheme was a vulnerable 19-year-old woman, known for rough-sleeping, begging and drug use in the area.
She was made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order, the conditions of which included banning her from the Shepherds Bush Green and Addison wards of H&F.
The teenager’s support worker explained to H&F Council’s community safety team how the restriction prevented her from meeting with people she had begged, or taken drugs with.
They said that having the order in place took away the temptation and possibilities for her using and begging, so just made that harder to do. This in turn made it easier to just stay in and have no other influences around her so keeping her safe.
The teenager said she was happy the order had been made. She has since been in residential rehab for three months and is being supported to improve her life.