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Dorset Community Trigger now available to victims of anti-social behaviour

Changes to legislation under the new Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 will give Poole residents a greater say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with in their communities. 

These new measures include The Community Trigger, which allows victims of persistent anti-social behaviour (ASB) to request a review of the situation that is affecting them and the issues they have reported. 

The Community Trigger offers anyone who has already reported ASB three times or more the right to bring agencies together to take a joined-up, problem-solving approach to review their case. Any Dorset-based resident, community or business may use the Community Trigger to request a review, where local authorities, police and other partners will work together to see if anything further can be done to tackle the cause of the complaint. 

Borough of Poole has been a lead partner in the project, which has been set up under new legislation that aims to introduce simpler, more effective powers that will provide better protection for victims and communities. 

Cllr Karen Rampton, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Borough of Poole, said: “We know the importance to our residents of reducing anti-social behaviour in their communities, and recent reports show an 11% reduction in recorded incidents in 2013/14. We do however recognise that some people continue to be affected, so this new legislation will help give our local communities further options to take action.”

Ian Cooke, Safer Communities Manager, Borough of Poole, said: “The Community Trigger will allow us, along with partner agencies, to look again at other ways we may be able to respond to reports of ASB, with each agency bringing their own experience and expertise to find a resolution. Borough of Poole and Dorset Police will not tolerate anti-social behaviour, and this new initiative further demonstrates our determination to tackle unacceptable behaviour in our communities."

There are a number of ways to report anti-social behaviour. If it is an emergency, and someone’s safety or property is at risk, please call Dorset Police on 999. 

If it is less urgent, you can: 

call the Police non emergency number 101 (24 hour service) if you need a police officer to attend or visit, or to report a crime 

call Borough of Poole on 01202 633438 (during working hours) if you want to complain about an incident that has occurred and you need help or support, or you want us to investigate with our partners

report the incident online at boroughofpoole.com using the 'report it' form 

contact Crimestoppers or 0800 555 111 to report problems anonymously

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