ASB Reporter – May Summary 2024

There were 49 reported asb incidents during May which is 63% more than the number reported for the same period last year.

Totals by house and their percentage of the total were as follows

SPEED14 (28.6%)
WILLOUGHBY 5 (10.2%)
BEN JONSON 4 (8.2%)
ANDREWES 1 (2.0%)
MOUNTJOY 1 (2.0%)

In terms of the type of asb, some respondents reported on more than one activity as follows:

Loud Motorcycle8 (16.3%)
RIVER, FOREST & LIME e-bikes abandoned8 (16.3%)
Illegal drug use5 (10.2%)
Loud car(s) revving & racing5 (10.2%)
E-bikes being used on Podium4 (8.2%)
Cycling3 (6.1%)
Skateboarding3 (6.1%)
Noisy behaviour3 (6.1%)
Vandalism/graffiti2 (4.1%)
Loud music2 (4.1%)
Loud music & noisy party2 (4.1%)
Parkour1 (2.0%)
Rowdy behaviour1 (2.0%)
Problem area n.w. Ben Jonson1 (2.0%)
E-scooter being used on Podium1 (2.0%)

A report based on 12 months data June 2021 to June 2022 together with findings & recommendations of the Barbican Estate Security Committee has been provided to appropriate Corporation Members & Officers and discussions are ongoing – as an initial outcome a Task/Finish Joint Action Group was formed and met, just once, in December 2022.

This group has since been replaced with a new “ASB Strategic Meeting”. Unlike the previous group, however, this is not an open meeting – Decision taken for BEO’s Residents Service Team to produce an information leaflet for residents, revisiting and advising them of who to contact, for which type of anti-social behaviour and a brief explanation of what they should expect from making such contact.  

Following an encouraging meeting held with the new Assistant Director of Barbican Estate, Dan Sanders, on 30th April ’24 I am pleased to report that work is now actively in hand to produce the required leaflet.

Meantime, please continue to report any anti-social behaviour you may witness occurring across the estate. Any crime, such as phone, bag or laptop snatching should be reported directly to the City of London Police and not included here.

Please remember that the intention of the ASB Reporter is purely to gather evidence of anti-social behaviour. Therefore, if you witness an asb incident please use the website to record the event but if immediate action is also required then you should follow normal procedure such as calling the Police on 101 (or 999 but only if URGENT); Barbican Estate Office; City Noise Team etc…

If it is the City of London Police that you call, it is essential that you are provided with a reference/case number – please include this case number in the “action taken” section of the ASB Reporter. IF YOU DO NOT, this incident will not be “officially” counted and the police will assume that no additional measures or activity is required.

David Bradshaw – Chair, Barbican Estate Security Committee

2nd June 2024

By David Bradshaw

Chair, Barbican Estate Security Committee

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