Successful measures taken to tackle ASB in Bromley town centre

Published Friday, 21 February 2020

Results are already being seen from work to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime in Bromley town centre alongside a continued commitment for action.

Action was pro-actively taken in the weeks prior to Christmas targeting offenders in what remains a relatively low crime area. As part of this, the police issued a series of dispersal orders, mainly at weekends, in a higher profile policing strategy to reassure and help tackle the problem. The most recent dispersal order was issued by the police last weekend, with three youths being arrested for various offences including robbery and knife possession.

Superintendent Andy Brittain, South Area BCU Neighbourhood Policing Lead said, “My officers work around the clock to keep Bromley town centre, and everyone who visits it, safe. My officers regularly patrol the town centre, and they will not hesitate to take the appropriate action against anyone intent on committing crime and anti-social behaviour. We understand local concerns about recent street robbery offences against young people. We will continue to make arrests and use other powers to curb this offending, working with Bromley Council and other partners.”

Superintendent Andy Brittain continued, “If you have been a victim, or have information about criminal activity in your neighbourhood, we would urge you to speak to an officer or call police as soon as possible. This information is crucial for investigations, and it also helps us focus our efforts in the right areas."

Councillor Kate Lymer, Executive Councillor for Public Protection said, “The fear of crime, quite understandably, is far more prevalent than actual incidences of crime. Both the police and the council are taking action and it is welcome that we are already seeing results. Before Christmas, we did see an increase in anti-social behaviour and more recently, we have seen some street robberies. To conflate all of this together is misleading and gives a false impression. I would encourage people to think about what they can do to help tackle crime more generally. Now is the time for instance, to get involved with your local Neighbourhood Watch scheme and to follow the police crime prevention advice.”

Latest statistics show that the borough is one of the safest borough’s in London and per head of population, for ‘victim based crime’, has 7th lowest rate in the whole of London.

In the final three months of 2019, in partnership with the police, the council’s Public Protection team took early action against around 20 young people following a number of separate incidents in and around Bromley town centre. Either an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) was issued or formally warnings about future conduct were given. If there are further examples of anti-social behaviour, then consideration will be given to issuing more serious Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs), with a breach of a CBO a custodial offence.

Advice and information about how people can protect themselves becoming a victim of street robbery is available on the Metropolitan Police website:  .

A multi-agency and multi-disciplinary approach to tackling crime is in place, with staff in the council’s Youth Offending Services also working with offenders.


Editor’s notes: Dispersal Orders - When authorised by senior police officers, a Section 35 Dispersal Order gives police powers to direct people to leave an area and not return for up to 48 hours or face arrest. This is to remove or reduce the potential for members of the public to become “harassed, alarmed or distressed” or to stop “the occurrence of crime or disorder” in a particular area. Officers can direct people to leave the area and not return for up to 48 hours.

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