Estate wide weapon sweeps are helping to keep our communities safe

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A joint police and council search took place on Little Venice estate recently to check for hidden weapons and drugs.

Thankfully the most dangerous thing found was an old pogo stick.

Westminster City Council has put in place a programme of drugs and weapon sweeps across council estates throughout the year to reassure residents who are concerned about anti-social behaviour. Police officers and staff asked residents about their concerns and advised people on how to stay safe.

Little Venice estate does not have an exceptionally high rate of anti-social behaviour but has been included in the estate wide project to check estates.
Weapon sweeps are a very useful tool which are carried out daily by the Police in ‘hot spot’ areas, with high rates of knife crime or violent crime. Housing services also use targeted weapon sweeps following reports from resident on estates, and always encourage staff and residents to be involved in these.

Cllr Andrew Smith, Westminster City Council cabinet member for housing services, said:

"We know anti-social behaviour is important to our residents and resident safety is our number one priority which is why we will continue to work with the police to clamp down on illegal behaviour. We want residents to feel confident that they can report issues to us, knowing that action will be taken."

What is ASB?

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual or to their community.

This could be an action by someone which leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.

We class ASB into 15 different categories, listed below. The top three most reported issues for housing services estates in 2019 are noise, drug misuse and verbal abuse.

  • Alcohol related
  • Criminal behaviour/crime
  • Domestic abuse
  • Drugs/substance misuse/drug dealing
  • Garden nuisance
  • Hate related incidents
  • Litter/rubbish/fly-tipping
  • Misuse of communal areas/public space or loitering
  • Noise
  • Nuisance from vehicles
  • Pets and animal nuisance
  • Physical violence
  • Prostitution/sexual acts/kerb crawling
  • Vandalism and damage to property
  • Verbal abuse/harassment/intimidation/threatening behaviour.

You’re not alone. You can contact us any time in complete confidence on our ASB hotline at 0800 358 3783 or housing.enquiries@westminster.gov.uk or report online here.
 
Should you witness an incident taking place or you suspect criminal behaviour please ensure you remain out of harm’s way. Do not approach any individuals and, if safe to do so, proceed with phoning the 24 Hour non-emergency police line on 101, or in all cases of emergencies, where a crime is taking place please dial 999.  You can now also report anti-social behaviour online with the police here (link opens new window).
 
If your enquiry or issue is noise specific, and you are experiencing noise nuisance, please call the Westminster City Council noise team on 020 7641 2000. The noise team are available 24 hours a day, and more details of the team can be found on the website here (link opens new window).