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New area-based teams launched to tackle crime and antisocial behaviour

Area based community safety teams

New area-based teams have been launched this week across Tower Hamlets to help tackle crime and antisocial behaviour (ASB) more effectively.  

Dedicated Safer Neighbourhood Operations teams will be split across four defined areas in the borough, with extra support provided to areas with higher levels of crime and ASB.  

The teams will include council officers specialising in ASB and enforcement and treatment, complimented by support from police safer neighbourhood teams and dedicated ASB officers from social landlord providers, such as Tower Hamlets Homes. 

The team structure will allow for officers to respond to both short-term issues as they arise, as well as coordinating problem-solving around the more persistent medium and long-term issues. 

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets, said: 

“We know that our residents are concerned by antisocial behaviour and violent crime. We have significantly invested in community safety in recognition of this, which has allowed us to enhance our front-line service offer.  

“The changes we’re making to our Safer Neighbourhood Operations teams will allow for better partnership work with our colleagues in the police. The closer working relationships within teams will also lead to a better understanding of the causes of crime and ASB in each area, which will help us tackle issues in the long term.” 

The new area-based model is just one of a number of improvements being made to the Safer Neighbourhood Operations team in the coming months. This includes more Environmental Visual Audits and women’s safety walks, a CCTV van and additional mobile cameras, and knife amnesty bins where people can surrender weapons. 

The council will also have a community engagement bus, which will provide an easily accessible place for people in the community to meet officers, report issues and receive advice.  

Councillor Sirajul Islam, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, said: 

“Having these locality-based teams will help to build stronger relationships with our partners and the local community, as well as allowing a much faster response to dealing with residents’ issues as they arise.  

“Alongside the other improvements we’re making to community safety services, I’m confident that this new way of working will help with our ambition to make Tower Hamlets a safer place to live, work and visit.” 

Tower Hamlets Council continues to encourage residents to report crime and ASB when it occurs so that it can be dealt with accordingly.  

To report ASB, visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/asb 

To report a crime, visit www.met.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/  

Posted on Wednesday 23rd March 2022