What You Can Do To Reduce Anti-Social Behaviour
Respect and Tolerance
The first and most important step that any individual can take in order to reduce anti-social behaviour in their community is to always ensure that they treat others and the environment with respect and courtesy. It is vital that adults take time to teach children and youths how to live peacefully in their community, and that the more mature members of society also lead by example.
It is important not to let stereotypes portrayed in the media have a negative impact on the way we consider others. For instance, the behaviour and appearance of youths may give the impression that they are ‘up to no good’ when this is most often not the case. It is also the case that some younger members of society are insensitive or simply unaware of the difficulties that are faced with age. There is just a general break down in communication between the generations within some communities- and an element of suspicion on the part of both the young and the old.
Unfortunately, anti-social behaviour in communities has a habit of escalating from being a minor irritant to being a distressing blight on the lives of residents very quickly. The easiest way to ensure that this does not happen is for residents to make a stand against this sort of behaviour early on and not to simply ‘put up with it’ until the problem becomes too severe to do so. Talk to your friends and neighbours about the problem and find out about local community groups and neighbourhood watch. There is no ‘quick fix’ and it may take time, but a determined effort by people coming together can make a real impact. For more information visit www.respect.gov.uk
It might seem obvious, but all too often a problem can escalate without a single incident ever have been reported to Dyfed-Powys Police or the local authority. If we are made aware of incidents, we can monitor the situation, involve partner agencies, and decide on the best course of action before the situation becomes too extreme. If we receive reports, we are able to use these complaints as a reason for further action and as evidence. In non-urgent cases, this can be done by phoning 101. Remember, in emergency cases always ring 999.