Put yourself in their shoes
A new Northumbria Police campaign tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) – Put yourself in their shoes – is asking people to think about how their actions affect others.
Running over the summer months the campaign will also explain what ASB is and how to report it.
Positive work carried out by the police and partners to help make a difference in local communities will also be highlighted by the campaign.
Chief Constable of Northumbria Police Sue Sim said: "We know anti-social behaviour is an issue which, if not properly tackled, can cause distress. This is why we’re taking it seriously, working closely with local authorities and other partners to deal with it effectively.
"Officers will be out on patrol and speaking to people about the effect their behaviour can have on others in their community. We’ll also continue to take action where necessary."
The campaign focuses on promoting understanding of what is and what isn’t anti-social behaviour by all parts of the community.
If anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of life, or making you fear for your safety or the safety of others, contact Northumbria Police.
As part of the campaign, police and partners are promoting activities available to young people over the school holidays.
Safer Summer Scheme
In Northumberland, officers are tackling anti-social behaviour and underage drinking as part of the Ashington Safer Summer Scheme which begins in July and involves increased police patrols and a zero tolerance approach to all anti-social behaviour.
Ashington Neighbourhood Inspector Barrie Joisce said: "We know only a minority of people cause anti-social behaviour, but youth disorder and underage drinking continues to be a concern of residents.
"We’ll be responding to these concerns in the coming months through increased patrols, housing referrals, Acceptable Behaviour Agreements and work with licensees to prevent alcohol sales to those who are underage.
"We hope our actions make Ashington a safer place for all, as well as making people think of the campaign’s message to put themselves in others shoes."
Work is also being carried out in North Tyneside to tackle street drinking with officers working with retailers to help stop sales of alcohol to youngsters under 18.
Operation Child Safe
Operation Child Safe is also being used, with vulnerable youngsters taken home when they are found under the influence of alcohol or committing anti-social behaviour.
Wallsend Neighbourhood Inspector Kevin Benson said: "We’ll be supporting this campaign by using Operation Child Safe which in the past has nipped problems of anti-social behaviour in the bud and reduced the number of calls to police from the public about youth disorder.
"We know youth disorder is frequently fuelled by alcohol which is why we take action to remove drink, target those who supply alcohol to children and work with parents to make them aware of the dangers."