Richmond is a low crime borough; indeed against most measures we’re one of the safest, if not the safest London borough in which to live. And perhaps that’s one of the reasons why, when we come up against issues such as antisocial behaviour, we tend to notice it more.
Of course, the fact that we live in a low crime borough in no way suggests that we should seek to downplay the impact of antisocial behaviour. It’s fair to say that the vast majority of borough residents will never fall victim to any form of crime, however for many people it is the fear of crime which is a pervasive and pernicious force, and acts of antisocial behaviour tend to feed that fear.
And that’s why this administration has always placed a high degree of importance on tackling the issue of antisocial behaviour in our borough, whether it was investing in additional patrols to tackle the problems seen on Richmond and Twickenham Greens last summer, funding similar patrols around Teddington Lock, investing in temporary toilet provision in the borough and tackling the seemingly never-ending tide of graffiti.
And this week we’re supporting the first ever Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week. We’re working with partner agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, to ensure residents know how they can report antisocial behaviour and how they can ask the council and those agencies to intervene if they find such behaviours to be either frightening or a nuisance
No one’s quality of life should be badly affected by other people’s behaviour. While not all antisocial behaviour is classed as a crime, a lot is and incidents that might start small can build up and become very serious. Reporting antisocial behaviour means you won’t have to deal with it on your own and is a vital step in helping reduce antisocial behaviour across Richmond upon Thames.
– Cllr Gareth Roberts, Leader of the Council