Report anti-social behaviour anonymously, say Leicester police
People in Leicester are being urged to report anti-social behaviour to police anonymously, under a new pilot scheme.
Through the scheme, being launched in the Belgrave and Latimer wards, concerned residents will be able to fill out a Community Safety Incident Reporting Form at libraries, sports centres and neighbourhood centres. The forms will then be submitted namelessly.
It is hoped the plan, which is the brainchild of Leicester City Council's community safety team, Leicestershire Police, council staff and ward councillors, will encourage people to report anti-social behaviour.
Those behind the pilot anticipate it will enable people to come forward who might otherwise be put off from reporting due to fear of reprisals.
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Information in the forms will be used by the police and council to target areas and address any particular concerns raised. If the scheme is successful, it could be extended to other areas of the city.
Leicester assistant city mayor responsible for community safety, Cllr Sarah Russell, said: "All too often people suffering with antisocial behaviour may know who is responsible but be put off reporting it because of fears over the consequences.
"This form enables people to voice their concerns anonymously, and pass on valuable information to the police and council, who can then investigate and take action if needed.”
Speaking to This is Leciestershire, Ray Rudham, Chair of City and County Neighbourhood Watch Association in Leicestershire, said: “It’s interesting that the police are doing it like that directly, because you have always been able to report anonymously through Crimestoppers.
“But anything that helps to alleviate the problem of anti-social behaviour has got to be good.”
But Mr Rudham also warned: “Anonymity is essential with anti-social behaviour, because you’ve got a high prevalence of fear of retaliation.
“Some people even feel that with reporting anonymously. They feel that if it’s reported, the chances are the perpetrators will work out who has reported it.”
He added: “Often the public complain about anti-social behaviour but they don’t report it, and they blame the police but no one has told them about it. So anything that encourages the public to report anti-social behaviour is a good thing.”
Community Safety Incident Reporting Forms are available from Belgrave library, Surestart, Cossington Street Sports Centre and Belgrave Neighbourhood centre.
They can be filled out and posted at either Belgrave Library, or in a newly-installed letter box at the police office in the nearby Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre.