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CCTV Success

I was lucky. I have CCTV fitted so therefore I got the evidence.” Alistair, Norwich

Alistair was in a Housing Association bungalow and found himself being terrorised by the neighbours in his small cul-de-sac. The list of behaviour includes:

  • Neighbours using a chrome bar to scare him
  • Neighbour sitting on his front drive wall , at 9pm at night with a army style baton under his arm
  • Neighbour frightening him on my driveway by hovering outside his window whilst he was watching TV
  • Neighbour using his fists at ambulance crew and kids swearing at them.
  • Smashed bottle across his driveway so he could not go out in wheelchair.
  • Plants in garden chopped down.
  • Cars at his bedroom windows day and night trying to scare him.

Unbelievably, in spite of Alistair being vulnerable because he has disabilities, the police did not take the matter seriously. Alistair explains what changed: “I was lucky, I have CCTV fitted so therefore I got the evidence. A lot of victims can log the anti-social behaviour down in books, but lack the evidence needed and may not be believed. I wasn’t believed until I got the funding myself and got the CCTV fitted.”

He had to move home because of the situation. He shares what a serious effect experiencing anti-social behaviour has had on his health, especially as a wheelchair user, living alone. “When I’m in my house I do not want to go out. When I’m out of my house, I don’t want to come back in. I’m scared. I’m even more frightened that the perpetrators will want revenge for me reporting them to the police. I now have a panic alarm fitted.”

Our Comments

If you are classed as vulnerable – for example, with certain mental health problems, with disability, learning difficulties or under 18, you should be getting priority treatment when reporting anti-social behaviour. This is precisely to prevent what happened to Fiona Pilkington in 2007. If you are not being heard and have reported it 3 times in the past 6 months – activate the Community Trigger and mention you are vulnerable. For more information on the benefits and pitfalls of CCTV see our information page within our ‘Tips for Getting Evidence’.

Petition to Parliament

Do we sometimes underestimate the power of a local petition?

We have a page dedicated to tips for putting together a petition – http://asbhelp.co.uk/petition/ – because we believe they can be effective. It is a tangible way to make your individual voice louder and insist action is taken.

Of course if 5 of you have complained about an incident of anti-social behaviour and no-one is doing anything about it, you can activate the Community Trigger. In fact you should – insist on a case review and get results.

However, it would seem this Community Trigger is not always matching up to expectations (http://asbhelp.co.uk/trigger-thoughts/) so don’t forget to try a good old-fashioned petition.

This week I read that such a petition was being brought before Parliament by a supportive local MP:

Photo of Keith VazKeith Vaz Chair, Home Affairs Committee 6:39 pm, 25th November 2015

I am presenting a petition signed by 256 local residents. The petition was collected by volunteers, including Pradip Dullabh, Bindu Dullabh and Sanjeev Sharma from the local area, together with local councillors Riata Patel, Ross Willmott and Piara Clair and other local residents.

The petition states:

The petition of residents of Leicester, East:

Declares that urgent steps need to be taken to stop the antisocial behaviour, attacks and robberies by groups of young people on users and nearby residents of Rushey Fields Park in Leicester, and further that it is the only green space in the area and this kind of behaviour is discouraging people who are concerned for their safety and welfare from using the park.

The petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges Leicester City Council to put CCTV security measures in place and increase police patrols to discourage antisocial behaviour, robberies and attacks on park users and nearby residents.

And the petitioners remain, etc.

So, do not lose hope. Collect your petition and believe that even if your local agency dares to ignore it, you can take it higher. I hope that Leicester City Council will indeed listen to the House of Commons and act. To not do so would be at great detriment to the public voice.