Surrey Police are now issuing warning letters to residents, outlining that if they continue to cause anti-social behaviour (ASB) or ignore guidelines, then Surrey Police will consider the use of Community Protection Notices to enforce the guidelines and stop ASB. If these are breached, the person could receive a fine of up to £2500, get a criminal record and if they are living in rented accommodation, their tenancy could be affected.
Where a property is linked to continuing ASB or visited by a non-compliant person, we will be looking at property closures on the building, which could mean that a house or flat is partially closed to allow only the habitual occupiers access. In the most extreme circumstances, we could exclude everyone from the property, rendering them homeless for at least three months. Any entry into a closed property is a criminal offence and could result in a maximum of five years imprisonment. Tenancies will also be at risk.
These letters will be issued by the local Safer Neighbourhood Teams and will offer access to advice and support as well as consequences if the behaviour does not stop. The team will also work with our partner agencies to help resolve the issues.
Jo Grimshaw, ASB Manager for the Force said: “We hope that people who receive these warnings will do as they are asked, but if necessary we will make full use of the tools and powers available to us to ensure the majority of people are not impacted by the poor behaviour of a few.”