Don’t stamp your feet, stamp it out!
We all have a responsibility to respect our communities – after all, our behaviour can affect all those around us.
Anti-social behaviour is not just about making too much noise. Issue such as dog fouling, littering, vandalism and even the security of household rubbish are becoming ever more problematic.
Dog fouling has become such an issue, some councils are setting up campaigns to tackle the situation. One scheme in Elmbridge Borough is encouraging local people to become the eyes and ears of a monitoring campaign and residents are being urged to stand up to those who don’t take seriously cleaning up after pets.
The problem got so bad in Leiston, Suffolk, that this month a hidden cameraman began taking videos of offenders and passing them on to the local police!
The security of our household waste is also a growing concern. Thieves have been known to rummage through bins to gain access to private documents that can help them in identity theft and fraud – Warwickshire police recently urged locals to be more vigilant with the disposal of private documents because of the problem.
While such awareness campaigns from councils and police forces are to be commended, it’s vitally important that communities themselves stand up to anti-social behaviour.
That’s why Greenbelt, the UK’s leading land management company, is heavily involved in helping to set up residents’ associations, advising neighbourhood watches and at all times listening to and engaging with the needs of local communities.
By facing any problems head-on together and communicating about people’s concerns, protection from anti-social behaviour can be put in place before it even becomes a major issue.
Everyone needs to be on the same page, however. It is not enough to complain about issues when the ultimate responsibility actually lies at the heart of a community itself.
Greenbelt takes pride in bringing communities together to do this. It also understands one of the best ways to combat anti-social behaviours is at the design stage of new developments.
By making sure parks are positioned in places where they can be monitored, and by strategically positioning fouling bins, resources and facilities in projected problem areas, incidents of anti-social behaviour can be curbed.
But the onus must always be on residents themselves to ensure their own neighbours are not engaging in acts that harm the shared environment: if they can’t get away with it, they won’t do it!
The message is clear: none of us should stand for anti-social behaviour. We must combat problems at the earliest stage and take responsibility for our own communities, our neighbours and ourselves.
A community that stands together to protect its environment is also helping to ensure the costs associated with dealing with anti-social behaviour are kept to a minimum. Behaving responsibly not only safeguards our developments, it also brings its own financial rewards for everyone.