I’m Inspector Louise Bates and I work alongside the local community officers for Ampthill, Flitwick and Woburn, amongst other areas.
In July, we took part in a national campaign for ASB Awareness Week to raise awareness of what anti-social behaviour is and how people can report it. Sometimes people may think of ASB as a low-level crime, but it is something we take very seriously and we know the detrimental impact it can have on local residents and communities.
Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment. This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.
Examples of anti-social behaviour include:
- Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
- Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- Street drinking
- Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
- Prostitution related activity
- Begging and vagrancy
- Fireworks misuse
- Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
- Noise pollution
We work closely with the local authorities, registered social landlords and other partners to use all the tools and powers available to tackle anti-social behaviour.
In serious cases we can use a range of legal actions to stop the problem, such as Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs), Civil Injunction, Community Protection Notices, Closure Powers and Dispersal Orders.
We have also been educating our communities around the illegal use of e-scooters and the possible impact it could have on you when caught.
We know the rules can be confusing, so we want to make sure people are aware of what they can and can’t do.
You can only use an e-scooter on private land with the land owner’s permission or as part of a government trial, which you may see in neighbouring areas such as Milton Keynes or Cambridge.
Currently there are no government trials taking place in Bedfordshire, so it is illegal for you to ride a privately-owned e-scooter in public including on roads and pavements.
If you are caught using one you risk:
- Six points on your license
- A £300 fine
- Your scooter being seized
We have seen a 300 per cent increase in e-scooter related intelligence linked to crime and road related casualties double over the past six months and our communities are telling us how much it is impacting them.
You can find out more about the guidance for e-scooters on our website and please do report any incidents or anti-social behaviour to us through 101 or via our online reporting tool.
Inspector Louise Bates