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Torus to mark UK’s first ASB Awareness Week

July 16th 2021

Torus has joined a national campaign that is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand against anti-social behaviour and make communities safer.

As a responsible landlord, over the week we will be supporting the Safer Community Teams in our three heartlands, Liverpool, St Helens and Warrington, to provide a presence in areas, which are known to have higher levels of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

To mark the launch of the UK’s first official ASB Awareness Week we will be working with our local partners, including the Local Authority, Police and Fire Service, our Safer Estate Compliance Officers will be talking to local residents to identify any concerns and providing advice on how to report ASB and what support is available.

Running from July 19 to 25, ASB Awareness Week – Making Communities Safer aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight the options available to those facing it.

The week of action is bringing together people and organisations from across the country to take a stand and work together to make communities safer.

Organised by community safety specialists Resolve, ASB Awareness Week is being backed by the Home Office, Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG), Local Government Association (LGA), National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and the National Fire Chiefs’ Council (NFCC).

Jan Calland, Torus Regional Director, said:

“We want our neighbourhoods to be safe, thriving places, a community that people are proud to call home. 

 “The pandemic and the resulting lockdowns saw a spike in reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB) for our Torus Safer Estates and Neighbourhood Teams, including a large number around social distancing.  But throughout the pandemic they managed to continue to address the concerns of residents, tackle ASB and keep our communities safe.

 “As restrictions ease, we are keen to get back out in our communities, to reassure them that we are there for them, both over the phone and now again, in person.   But it’s also an opportunity to enforce the message that we will not tolerate behaviour that has a negative effect on the quality of life of others.

 The key to tackling ASB is by building good working relationships with partners, by working together we can support each other to get the best the results for tenants and those suffering as a result of ASB.”

Rebecca Bryant OBE, chief executive of Resolve, said:

“We need to change the way we think about ASB. It is not low-level crime. It devastates the lives of victims and communities and can be a precursor to more serious crime.

 “As the nation begins to recover from the impact of the pandemic and our society and economy celebrates the start of return to normal life, it is important that the challenge of ASB continues to be given the priority it needs nationally and locally so that people feel safe in their homes and communities.

 “We are delighted to have Torus involved in this hugely important and successful campaign.

 “It is vital to develop partnership approaches across communities to deal with the growing challenges around ASB. 

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home and community.”

For more information visit www.resolveuk.org.uk/asbawarenessweek.

If you need to report ASB please call 0800 678 1894, email info@torus.co.uk or use the online form on your landlord website.