Anti Social Behaviour

Published: 17 March 2020

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.

By national and regional standards, Burley has a very low incidence of anti-social behaviour, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen, so here’s a quick run-down on what’s going on to help combat it

· West Yorkshire Police will be commencing a deposit scheme for old sports equipment to encourage people into sports where lack of equipment may be a limiting factor. From April they are planning 12 deposit bins in Ilkley to allow residents to donate unwanted sports equipment, and with the help of Keighley Youth Services, outreach work will help connect the equipment with people who can benefit

· There are a range of clubs targeted at young people that are accessible to residents in Burley. These include youth clubs, cadets (army, air force, police)as well as Scouts and Guides (that have waiting lists)

· The Parish Council are discussing opening the library for young people to do their homework after school, where home circumstances may be less amenable. This is not a homework club as such, but simply the facility to get work done in peace and quiet

· The Parish Council are also researching the possible merits of a youth element to the Parish Council, along the lines of a Youth Parliament. This would provide a forum that represents the views of young people and act as an input to local decisions as well as providing recommendations and guidance on issues affecting young people

· It has been highlighted that there is no CCTV or number plate recognition cameras in the Burley area to help West Yorkshire Police fight crime. Cameras are funded by the district council, so Burley Parish Council have written to Bradford requesting that such cameras be installed to assist the police with their work in this part of the Wharfe Valley

Meanwhile, reports of anti-social behaviour are a key driver in determining the level of police presence in the village. With limited resources, West Yorkshire Police will allocate resources based on the reported need. The Parish Council therefore encourages residents to use the West Yorkshire Police web site which details the types of crime and what to report

In addition, West Yorkshire Community Alert is a messaging system by West Yorkshire Police. By registering, any resident can choose to receive news and appeals, local crime information and/or prevention advice direct by email, text or voice message. Registering for alerts is completely free and once you have signed-up, you can choose how you want to receive the messages and what you want to receive messages about.