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Colchester Borough Homes continues to protect Colchester communities

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Colchester Borough Homes (CBH) continues to tackle high-risk antisocial-behaviour (ASB) and make communities safer for residents.

During one week in July, CBH successfully obtained five closure orders on properties which were making a detrimental impact within local communities. To show action had been taken to make these communities safer, the Antisocial-Behaviour Team attached signage to the doors of these closed properties.

By working in partnership, in particular with Essex Police, the Antisocial-Behaviour Team will initially provide support to individuals who carry out antisocial-behaviour by discussing the impact it’s having on others.

Enforcement, such as issuing warning letters, Community Protection Warnings and Notices are then used to try and resolve any issues. The impact of these measures on the community are assessed and if they are deemed ineffective, closure orders are used as a final option.

Colchester Borough Homes Chief Executive Gareth Mitchell said: “We continue to work with partners to tackle high-risk antisocial-behaviour in order to help make Colchester a safer place to live.

“While we will always work with perpetrators to try and change their behaviour, we won’t hesitate to fully or partially close a property if we believe there’s a risk to the community.”

If residents see a property with CBH’s ‘Closed’ board attached and witness suspicious activity around that address, please report it to the ASB team by calling 01206 282514 or email asb@cbhomes.org.uk. If it’s an emergency, please contact the police.