Day of Community Safety and Crime Prevention in Stevenage

23 Aug 2016

SoSafe, Stevenage’s Community Partnership, will be on hand in the town centre on Wednesday 31 August to talk about crime prevention methods including the introduction of the Public Space Protection Order (PSPO).

SoSafe will be joined by Neighbourhood Watch and other support agencies in the town centre throughout the day.

The PSPO, introduced on 15 August, aims to tackle antisocial behaviours such as street drinking, aggressive begging, and urinating in the street at locations across Stevenage, including the town centre, Stevenage Old Town, The Hyde and The Oval. Each case will be dealt with on an individual basis and vulnerable people in breach of the PSPO will be signposted towards help services relevant to their circumstances. Persistent offenders could be given a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) of £75 or up to £1000 if their case goes to court.

Councillor Sherma Batson, Executive Member for Safer Communities and Equalities, said: “Local residents regularly tell us that community safety is a key priority so this event is an opportunity for people to find out more about the PSPO and other crime prevention activities. I hope the introduction of the PSPO will help us support individuals in need of professional care and reduce antisocial behaviour in the most affected areas.”

Simon Tabert, Inspector of Stevenage Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Stevenage Borough Council has provided a useful tool for partnership working that addresses some of the problems we experience in these areas. The general public probably won’t notice any difference as the PSPO is aimed at dealing with people who persistently commit antisocial behaviour. That said the general public can help by calling the Police on 101 or the council’s Customer Service Centre on 01438 242242 to report what they perceive to be a breach of the PSPO.”

For more information about PSPO visit http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/about-stevenage/so-safe/165838/. SoSafe works to address crime and antisocial behaviour in Stevenage. Stevenage Borough Council, Hertfordshire Constabulary, East & North Herts NHS Trust, Hertfordshire Fire & Rescue Service, and BeNCH CRC are all partners of SoSafe. For more information about the SoSafe partnership go to http://www.stevenage.gov.uk/about-stevenage/so-safe/53824/. 

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