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Have your say on anti-social behaviour and crime: Community Trigger Trial on test NOW

Foul-mouthed yobs in the street, drunken rowdiness after dark near your home, ugly and offensive graffiti displayed on your way to the shops... all things which can impact on the life you lead.

And all things which the safety partnership which covers Boston can tackle.

The East Lincolnshire Community Safety Partnership wants to hear from you about the anti-social behaviour, and crime, which trouble you.

The partnership covers East Lindsey, Boston and South Holland and brings together key agencies such as police, fire and rescue, NHS Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Probation Trust and the councils to reduce crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime.

Each year the partnership asks local people to explain their concerns around crime and disorder and identify the priorities they'd like the Partnership to focus on.

This year's survey is available to complete online and at consultation events during September. The closing date for responses is Friday, October 5, 2012.

In Boston there will an opportunity to complete the survey face-to-face at the following Street Talking events: Sunday, September 9- Community Showcase, Central Park, Boston; Wednesday, September 12 - Boston Market Place, look for the mobile police station.

Following last year's survey, the Partnership focussed on addressing issues such as anti-social behaviour and the night time economy - pubs and clubs - which were identified as a concern in some areas.

And now you have an extra weapon in your armoury to combat anti-social behaviour. If you don't think your concerns about incidents of anti-social behaviour have been properly dealt with by the authorities you have complained to you can "squeeze" the Community Trigger.

The trigger gives victims the right to require agencies to deal with persistent anti-social behaviour.

The national Community Trigger Trial is being tested in only four areas in the country - and Boston is one of them.

The trigger is aimed at ensuring action is taken by the authorities over allegations of anti-social behaviour. The recommendation is for a trigger of five complaints about inaction to spark an investigation. But Boston Borough Council's anti-social behaviour team is to enforce a trigger of three - three complaints from an individual, or three individual complaints from a neighbourhood about the same behaviour within a 12-month period where it can be shown that no action has been taken. The trigger will generate an action plan when it can be shown that no previous action has been taken to either investigate or resolve the issue.

The multi-agency Anti-social Behaviour Risk Assessment Conference will draw up the plan, possibly requiring action from the council, police and other agencies, such as housing associations.

Complainants can register by calling 01427 676676.

Cllr Stephen Woodliffe, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for community safety, said: "We are happy to support this initiative, as it should help curb anti-social behaviour by encouraging the public to report such offences. Hopefully, this new scheme will reduce the number of instances of anti-social behaviour and help strengthen public confidence."

Peter Hunn, the council's principal community safety officer, said Boston's inclusion in the trial has come about because of its recent involvement in a number of other ground-breaking initiatives.

The council has been involved in the ASB Challenge, to better help victims of anti-social behaviour, a pilot for Families Working Together, an intensive programme to help challenging families, and is a member of Sentinel, a county-wide anti-social behaviour case management system which aims to ensure a multi-agency approach to anti-social behavioural difficulties.

Suggested legislation may see the scrapping of ASBOs in favour of Criminal Behaviour Orders and Crime Prevention Injunctions to streamline the number of different responses to complaints of anti-social behaviour from 19 to just six, helping speed up the process of dealing with complaints.

The intention is to stop vulnerable victims falling through the cracks, or being passed from agency to agency.  Feedback on the trial is being provided to the Home Office

The Community Showcase on Sunday, September 9, will highlight the trigger pilot.

For more information on the trigger and how to use it go to www.boston.gov.uk