believe housing is taking part in Antisocial Behaviour Awareness Week, a national campaign bringing people and organisations together to help make communities safer.
The County Durham housing association works in partnership with community organisations across the region to help protect and enhance the neighbourhoods that they serve, and tackle antisocial behaviour.
Here is a selection of the partnership work believe housing undertakes to combat antisocial behaviour.
believe housing was the first housing association in County Durham to become a ‘Community Ambassador’ for independent charity Crimestoppers to help encourage customers to anonymously report information about crime. By acting as ambassadors, believe housing enables Crimestoppers to spread the word about the service that helps protect people, places and communities from the harm caused by crime and antisocial behaviour.
Durham County Council’s trading standards officers can now share information about customers who have been convicted or cautioned for criminal offences, such as selling counterfeit goods and illegal tobacco, with believe housing. The information can then be used to prevent and disrupt crime or antisocial behaviour in neighbourhoods.
Thanks to funding from believe housing’s community investment programme, Durham Constabulary established a car and motorbike maintenance programme for 14-17 year olds in Dawdon and Seaham. The aim of the scheme is to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour among the area’s young people, by giving them a practical way to spend their spare time.
believe housing worked alongside Durham County Council, Durham Constabulary and County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour in east Durham. Operation Stapleton saw all partners perform walkabouts in Shotton Colliery, Wingate and Wheatley Hill, speaking to residents and handing out information on how to report antisocial behaviour.
Working in partnership with Peterlee Town Council, believe housing installed new fencing near bungalows on Bailey Rise to prevent antisocial behaviour. The installation will help improve life for dozens of elderly residents in Peterlee.