We work closely with our partner agencies such as the Police and Wakefield Council to help tackle antisocial (ASB) and criminal behaviour. This is a very important part of our work in creating confident communities for our customers.
Our aim is very clear - to tackle ASB and reduce the harm that it causes.
But this is something we can’t always do alone, which is why we work with partner agencies to share information, arrange joint visits and look to see who is able to take the best, and most effective course of action against those who wish to act irresponsibly.
We have a positive relationship with West Yorkshire Police and have an agreement with them which sees five Police Constables work directly alongside our Tenancy support team to help us deal with ASB and criminality.
In recent years we have also been able to support the Police to help them deal with problems caused by illegal motorbiking. This can be a huge problem for some of our neighbourhoods but due to this partnership working, reports of this type of ASB have reduced by 11% between 2017-2020. Police enforcement actions against those responsible also increased by 47%.
Our relationship with the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue service is also very positive as we work together to maintain fire safety and reduce risk both within the home and outside. This work involves joint visits where we may be concerned over a resident’s safety and patrol support during key times, such as the Bonfire Night period, to avoid our communal areas being used inappropriately and regarded as a fire risk.
Inspector Phillipa Child, West Yorkshire Police said: “The Wakefield Division of West Yorkshire Police greatly value our relationship with WDH as we work towards the same aims of reducing actual crime, and the fear of crime for all Wakefield residents. Our teams are in contact with each other on a daily basis and do not hesitate to take action against those responsible for ASB, as well as support those whose quality of life has been affected.”
Gary Lumb, Community Safety Manager, said: “Our work to improve the condition and safety of homes also continues to be a key priority for WDH to help ensure people feel safe and secure in their neighbourhood. Our environmental improvement programme also helps to create better communal space and help people park their vehicles in a safer way.”
Since 2017, house burglaries in WDH neighbourhood areas have fallen by 28%.
Since 2017 theft from motor vehicles within WDH neighbourhoods has fallen by 54%.