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19-07-21

NFCC to mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week

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The National Fire Chiefs Council has joined a national campaign that is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand against anti-social behaviour (ASB) and make communities safer.

Resolve members and agencies across the UK have reported a huge rise in ASB cases during the various national lockdowns. The situation is expected to get worse as society starts to open up.

NFCC has encouraged Fire and Rescue Services to take part and highlight the work they have undertaken locally to tackle anti-social behaviour to mark the launch of the UK’s first official ASB Awareness Week. 

Running from July 19 to 25, ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer week of action is bringing together people and organisations from across the country also aims to also highlight the options available to those facing ASB.

Organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is also being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA) and the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC).

ASB is a national issue that services can contribute to on a local level.  The main areas of ASB that affect the Fire & Rescue Service are;

  • arson
  • violence to staff
  • nuisance / malicious calls

Steve Johnson, NFCC Lead for Arson commented:

" The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) recognises the impact that ASB and associated deliberate fire setting has on people; local communities and the environment.  Home Office data shows that deliberate fires represent the largest proportion of fires attended by UK Fire & Rescue Services.

ASB and Arson is not just a problem for FRSs, it’s a problem that affects all communities and all Emergency Services.  For this reason we are taking a stand with our partners and engaging local communities across the country; highlighting the damage ASB and Arson has on local areas and the impact that physical attacks have on all Emergency Service workers."   

Rebecca Bryant OBE, chief executive of Resolve, said:

“We need to change the way we think about ASB. It is not low-level crime. It devastates the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.

“As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.

“We are delighted to have NFCC involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.

“It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”

For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek

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