believe housing pledges to work with key organisations in County Durham to tackle antisocial behaviour

We know antisocial behaviour can really affect how safe and happy you feel at home and in your neighbourhood.

That’s why believe housing recently signed a joint pledge with the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Durham County Council and other housing associations, to tackle antisocial behaviour together.

The pledge states that: “Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, Durham County Council and housing associations working in the county will continue to work together to put those affected by antisocial behaviour first.

“We will promote awareness, make reporting easier and set out who we are, what we do and the service those affected by anti-social behaviour can expect.

“As partners we will share intelligence, promote joint working and maximise the impact we can have collectively on community safety within County Durham.”

Bill Fullen, Chief Executive for believe housing, said: “Everyone should feel safe and comfortable in their home and community, which is why believe housing works with organisations across the region to help protect and enhance the neighbourhoods we serve and to tackle antisocial behaviour.

“We were keen to solidify those partnerships, by signing the pledge, which will ensure we all work together to get the best outcomes for those places and people affected by this blight on society.”

Ian Porter, Director of Neighbourhoods and Customer Experience at believe housing, added: “We take incidents of antisocial behaviour in all forms very seriously and work hard with partner organisations and residents to tackle this and the effect it has on the quality of life for those living in our neighbourhoods.

“This pledge will make us stronger together to collectively tackle those responsible.”

The pledge was made in response to a plan developed by Joy Allen, Durham Police and Crime Commissioner following feedback from more than 1,200 County Durham residents last year.

Joy Allen said: “I’m delighted to sign this pledge and will continue to build on the office’s strong working relationship with the county council and our local housing associations.

“Keeping our communities safe is at the heart of what we do, and our new plan will improve communication and collaboration between the police, the county council, our registered housing providers and residents.”

Anyone with concerns about antisocial behaviour or other issues in their community can contact believe housing on 0300 1311 999 or report their concerns using the customer portal.

Issues with crime can also be reported anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers via the website or by calling 0800 555 111.