Council’s antisocial response service helps evict drug dealing tenants

ASRT_with_Police_1_1Six tenants have been evicted for drug dealing offences after North Lanarkshire Council’s antisocial response service successfully responded to, investigated and supported cases passed to the courts.

Two of the cases were in Wishaw, two in Airdrie and one each in Bellshill and Coatbridge.

The service, which provides round the clock assistance and mediation to North Lanarkshire’s residents by taking tough action against those who ruin communities for others, has continued to meet its 99 per cent resolution rate.

The number of complaints dealt with during its second year has fallen by 967 – attributed to the successful intervention of the service in taking pro-active and effective steps to tackle incidents and prevent them happening again. The service received 7,484 complaints, with domestic noise continuing to be the biggest source of calls (69 per cent).

In addition to the response service, locality teams operate during the day continuing to investigate complaints or incidents dealt with by the night team. During the past year, officers issued almost 1,000 warnings, as well as 53 Notice of Proceedings for antisocial behaviour against North Lanarkshire Council tenants.

Its joint work with Police Scotland on pro-active visits was highlighted as an example of excellent practice at the Scottish Antisocial Behaviour Officer’s Forum. Officers from both services jointly visit identified or emerging hotspots to help prevent antisocial behaviour occurring, Over 1,000 visits have been carried out resulting in no further complaints of antisocial behaviour from 57 per cent of these.

Councillor Barry McCulloch, convener of housing and social work services, said: “It’s now two years since we introduced our new, more responsive antisocial service. As part of our on-going commitment to improving this we regularly survey those who have contacted us. Over 95 per cent of those surveyed told us they were satisfied with the service they received.

“We would urge residents experiencing antisocial behaviour to contact us and let us help to try and resolve the issues. We want to improve communities and will continue to work closely with our partners to make a positive difference to the lives of our residents.”

Superintendent John McTear, Lanarkshire Division, Police Scotland, added: “We know that in reality, anyone can become a victim of antisocial behaviour regardless of age, beliefs, health considerations, lifestyle and backgrounds. Quite often the most vulnerable members of our communities are targeted and this is why, here in Lanarkshire we are committed to partnership working. We will carry out robust investigations of any reports we receive and will continue to work closely with our Community Safety partners, to keep people safe.

“I would urge anyone who is experiencing any form of antisocial behaviour in North Lanarkshire to report it.”

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