#Ready2Report Campaign Proves Successful
A community safety partnership campaign which aims to clampdown
on anti-social behaviour during spring months has proved
successful, after figures revealed a 29 per cent reduction in
reports of anti social behaviour.
As part of the annual Springwatch project, St Helens Council,
Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and
registered social landlords have been working together to promote
the #Ready2Report campaign to help residents know what action to
take if they witness anti-social behaviour, such as off-road
vehicle nuisance, nuisance grassland fires and underage drinking
taking place in their neighbour.
At the start of the campaign, a 'day of action' was held
in the Sutton area of St Helens which saw community safety
partners go out into the community to engage with residents,
while a skip was placed near the Four Acre Lane estate to encourage
the safe disposal of waste.
Data released by St Helens Council's Community Safety team shows
that 184 less calls were made to the authorities during April 2018
compared to the previous year - a result which has been welcomed by
St Helens Council's Cabinet Member for Community Based and Focused
Services, Councillor Anthony Burns.
Councillor Burns said: "Campaigns like this are a fine example
of how working together with our partners can achieve excellent
results for the benefit of our communities, and we will continue to
tackle issues such as anti-social behaviour for the protection of
the public as we look to keep our communities a safe place to live
"Residents should not be made to feel intimidated in their own
area so I would like to make it clear that we will not stand for
this type of behaviour. I would therefore ask anyone who witnesses
- or falls victim to crimes relating to anti-social behaviour - to
contact the appropriate authorities so that action can be taken,
and would encourage our local communities to stand together and
support each other so that those accountable may be brought to
Michael Buratti, Arson Team Manager for Merseyside Fire and
Rescue Service added:
"Working with St Helens Council on this campaign has provided us
with an opportunity to spread some important messages in the
community about the dangers from arson linked incidents. It has
also enabled us to provide residents and businesses with tips to
help protect their properties."
Chief Inspector Matt Drennan said: "I'm pleased following the
launch of the #Ready2Report campaign, we've seen a great reduction
in reported crimes in the area. Joint working with our partners is
prevalent in supporting our communities and ensuring we can reduce
all forms of anti-social behaviour (ASB) taking place.
"ASB can cause distress, damage and upset to
neighbourhoods and we'll continue to enforce our strong stance on
tackling these crimes.
"We take all reports of ASB seriously and we'll continue
working closely with the council, other emergency services and the
public to identify those committing ASB and bring them to
Anyone with information on ASB is asked to call 101, speak to
local officers, or report online via @MerPolCC or