Police target anti social behaviour in Merton with new borough initiative


The scheme aims to increase public confidence for residents.


By SWLondoner staff

A summer initiative tackling Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) is being launched by Merton Borough Police.

The scheme aims to focus on reducing ASB and increase public confidence in affected areas.

The police will also work alongside other agencies such as the environmental agency and the local council, to engage with known offenders and problem residents.

“The MPS recognises the impact ASB can have on the lives of many people on a daily basis,” said Commander Mak Chishty, MPS lead for ASB.

“It often leaves victims feeling helpless, desperate and with a seriously reduced quality of life, and disrupts neighbourhoods and communities.”

Each week will focus on a different theme including noise nuisance, rowdy behaviour, street drinking, littering and nuisance vehicles.

“ASB will not be tolerated by the MPS and we will take action against those who cause alarm or distress in their communities, using the full range of civil and criminal powers available to us to tackle offenders,” added Commander Chishty.

“The ASB summer initiative builds on the progress and daily good work that takes place by SNTs to tackle ASB in their local areas.”

Merton police are focusing on three priorities:

1. Provide enhanced patrols and visibility, enforcement and prevention operations in Hotspot areas of ASB in Merton

2. Target, tackle and reduce alcohol related Anti-Social behaviour throughout Merton Borough

3. To provided enhanced patrols and enforcement activity with our partner agencies to tackle street drinking and vagrancy issues.

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