Impact of Anti-social Behaviour on Suffolk-based business
A recent independent survey, commissioned by Co-op Secure Response, found that 45% of Suffolk-based businesses perceive anti-social behaviour to be a growing problem.
The term ‘anti-social behaviour’ covers a range of offences that can impact on businesses, individuals and communities in different ways. The cost of anti-social behaviour isn’t just a financial one. It can lower staff morale and take-up valuable time.
According to the independent survey, some of the most common types of anti-social behaviour include littering, vehicle-related nuisance, street drinking, begging and drug or substance misuse. Surprisingly, the research found that over one quarter of businesses don’t report anti-social behaviour.
The survey also revealed that:
- Over one quarter (28%) experienced increased costs due to anti-social behaviour
- Undesirable visual impacts including graffiti and littering affected more than 1 in 10 (14%) of businesses
- Almost 1 in 10 (9%) experienced decreased revenue because of anti-social behaviour
Free Conference to bring together local business to tackle ASB
With 94% of respondents agreeing businesses all have a role to play in tackling anti-social behaviour, Suffolk Constabulary, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Chamber of Commerce and Co-op Secure Response, are bringing together local businesses to explore the impact of anti-social behaviour and share practical advice.
The free-to-attend Building Safer and Thriving Communities conference took place at Wherstead Park in Ipswich, Suffolk on Tuesday 29thJanuary 2019.
Superintendent Kerry Cutler at Suffolk Constabulary, said: “We know that anti-social behaviour can blight communities and seriously affect people’s quality of life whether it be in a park, outside your house or in your High Street.
“Left unchallenged it can have a detrimental impact on an individual, a family, a business and the whole community. Whilst police have a lead role to play around enforcement, it is important to recognise that it is an issue which can only be successfully tackled with a combined approach working with other partners and local residents to prevent and design out the causes of anti-social behaviour. This conference provides a unique opportunity to ensure that this takes place, and provide a great platform to learn more about the issue and how it can be tackled collectively.”
Lee Hammond of Co-op Secure Response, will also introduce attendees to their approach to handling anti-social behaviour. Lee said: “Since introducing our own dedicated Anti-Social Behaviour team, we’ve built unique relationships with our local communities, police forces and councils, to tackle the root causes of anti-social behaviour. Working in partnership resulted in a 72% reduction in reports of anti-social behaviour in one community alone.
“It’s encouraging to hear other local businesses agree that they also have a role to play. This conference will provide them with knowledge, advice and support to help protect not only their own business, but also their wider communities.”