ASB reporter – September summary

There were 41 reported asb incidents during September but one of these related to the large drone that the Corporation had commissioned to conduct a survey of the estate. The official total for September is therefore 40 which is 11 fewer incidents than reported last month, but 4 more than the same period this time last year. This is the first time this year that this has been the case.

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

Frobisher Crescent12 (30.0%)
Shakespeare Tower11 (27.5%)
Gilbert8 (20.0%)
Ben Jonson3 (7.5%)
Lambert Jones Mews2 (5.0%)
Bunyan Court1 (2.5%)
Andrewes1 (2.5%)
Mountjoy1 (2.5%)
Cromwell Tower1 (2.5%)

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

Parkour12 (30.0%)
Cycling8 (20.0%)
Rowdy behaviour6 (15.0%)
Noisy behaviour2 (5.0%)
Loud music2 (5.0%)
Smoking marijuana2 (5.0%)
Delivery cyclist2 (5.0%)
Lime e bike abandoned2 (5.0%)
Forest e bike abandoned1 (2.5%)
Roller skating & playing football1 (2.5%)
Trespass/climbing1 (2.5%)
Skateboarding1 (2.5%)

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 last year.

This group has since been replaced with a new “ASB Strategic Meeting” and met recently. Unlike the previous group, however, this is not an open meeting.

Decision taken for BEO’s Residents Service Team to produce an information/consultative 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.

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

1st October 2023

1 comment

  1. Without more detail, it is difficult to see why these incidents are considered anti-social. A Deliveroo cyclist is presumably providing a welcome service to a resident. A breach of the bylaws is not, in my view, ASB unless it causes damage or distress beyond the fact of the breach.

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