London Borough of Barnet

Community safety

Barnet is one of the safest boroughs in London. It has a low level of crime, according to recorded crime figures.

However, the council is determined to reduce this level further. We believe the best way to create a safer community is to work in partnership and share expertise.

Barnet Safer Communities Partnership

We do this by working as part of the Barnet Safer Communities Partnership (BSCP), which brings together representatives from the Metropolitan Police, Barnet Council, London Fire Brigade, the criminal justice system and other statutory and voluntary organisations involved with crime reduction and community safety.

The Partnership aims to:

  • reduce crime, re-offending and anti-social behaviour, and
  • ensure people in Barnet feel safe.

It is doing this by focusing resources on the crimes which cause the most harm or risk to individuals or communities. It uses a mixture of intelligence, prevention and enforcement, based on a strategic assessment of crime in the borough.

To find out more about its aims and achievements, read the Partnership's three-year strategy.

The Partnership's Strategic Assessment 2014-15 Key Findings report provides a snapshot of recent trends in the borough and how the Partnership is working to reduce levels of crime and anti-social behaviour

For further details, please contact Barnet Community Safety Team on 0208 359 6071 or email BarnetCST@barnet.gov.uk

Barnet Community Trigger

Remember:  In an emergency, always call 999.  If the problem is less urgent, please call the police on 101 

What is the Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger aims to:

  • support victims and communities
  • reduce the number of repeat victims of anti-social behaviour.

If you have reported instances of anti-social behaviour to the police, council, a housing association or other agencies but the problem is still continuing, you can apply for the Community Trigger.

It gives you the right to call for the Barnet Community Safety Partnership (BSCP) (link to BSCP page) to work together to review the problem and devise an action plan to resolve it.

Who can use the Community Trigger?

The victim or another person acting on their behalf (such as a carer or family member, Member of Parliament or councillor) can apply for Barnet’s Community Trigger to operate.

The victim can be an individual, a business or a community group.  

You cannot use the Community Trigger to:

  • report general acts of crime, including hate crime. 
  • replace individual organisations’ complaints procedures.
  • if you have an ongoing complaint that is being dealt with by the Council, police or registered housing provider.

Note: It does not replace your right to complain to the Local Authority Ombudsman or Independent Police Complaints Commission if you are unhappy about the service you have been provided by an individual officer or organisation.

What are the criteria for the Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger can be used when:

  • You have made three reports to either the council, police or registered housing provider about the same issue in the last six months and no action has been taken

 or

  • Five individuals have separately reported about the same issue in the last six months and no action has been taken.

I don’t meet the Community Trigger criteria. What do I do now?

If this is the first time you are reporting an issue or concern about anti-social behaviour, or you don’t meet the criteria for another reason, you can report your concerns in the following ways:

  • contact Barnet Police on 101
  • report the issue directly to your housing office or housing association if you are a tenant of a social landlord.
  • contact London Borough of Barnet Community Safety Team on 020 8359 2000.
How do I make an application for the Community Trigger?

You can:

 

Community Safety Team
London Borough of Barnet
Building 4
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
London N11 1NP  

What information will I need to provide when applying to the Community Trigger? 

You will need to provide details of each time you have complained, to whom (name, organisation and/or incident reference number) and information about the anti-social behaviour.

How long will it take for my application to be considered?

We will respond to your application within 2-3 days

What can I expect?

If your application meets the criteria, all the appropriate Barnet Safer Community Partnership organisations will meet to discuss your complaint and consider what actions have been taken. The group will review how the partners have responded and make recommendations on how the problem can be resolved. It will aim to resolve the problem within 24 working days.

What happens if I am not happy with the outcome?

If you are unhappy with the Partnership response you can appeal by writing to:

Community Safety Team
Building 4
North London Business Park
Oakleigh Road South
London, N11 1NP

Email: community.safety@barnet.gov.uk

The team will arrange a review of the decision by a Deputy Director (or equivalent in a partner organisation). Their decision is final.

For more information

Contact the Barnet Council Community Safety Team

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