New trigger for communities concerned about anti-social behaviour

Date: 15/09/14

Communities across the district now have extra reassurance regarding action taken to tackle anti-social behaviour following the introduction of the Community Trigger.

People can use the Community Trigger to alert Wakefield Council, West Yorkshire Police and WDH if they are concerned that:
• A victim has reported ASB on three occasions in the last six months and no action has been taken.
• Different victims have made reports about the same problem five times in the past six months.
• A victim has reported what they consider to be a hate incident in the last three months and no action has been taken.

Cllr Maureen Cummings Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities said: "It's right that communities feel they have a way to challenge if they feel that anti-social behaviour in their area isn't being addressed.

"Along with our partners the police and WDH we work hard to ensure that communities are not suffering anti-social behaviour. We know it's an area of concern and are happy to be able to introduce the Community Trigger.

"We hope it gives communities peace of mind and a simple way to escalate issues if they believe more needs to be done."

The following types of Anti-Social Behaviour are covered under the Community Trigger:
• Hoax or Obscene Nuisance Calls
• Noise Nuisance
• Vehicle Nuisance
• Rowdy Behaviour
• Street Drinking
• Intimidating or Aggressive Behaviour
• Harassment
• Hate Related Incidents
• Use of social media that causes harassment alarm or distress

Anyone can activate the Community Trigger Online –, by email – or by phone – 0345 8 506 506.