A lively community can act as a deterrent to crime and anti-social behaviour - and make your neighbourhood a better place to live. It could just mean talking to your neighbours, or visiting your local community centre to see what's going on. There are many opportunities to volunteer for organised initiatives, or join environmental groups, "friends of" groups or youth clubs. You can find out what's going on in your neighbourhood and get regular updates by joining online forums like Southampton Communities on Facebook, or find groups in your area by following the link to our "Where you live" page (see links below).
You could also join or start a Neighbourhood Watch scheme or join up as a special constable.
The appearance of your local environment can have an effect on crime and anti-social behaviour. By keeping your garden tidy, maintaining the exterior of your home and joining organised litterpicks you can help reduce criminal activity. Please report any fly tipping, vandalism or dog fouling to the police, city patrol or the council (see links section below).
It's advisable to only challenge anti-social behaviour if you feel safe to do so. By simply reporting incidents you will help us to track and allocate resources to the worst areas. You can make a real difference by getting involved and saying ‘not in my neighbourhood’.
To find out more follow the link on the right side of this page, or use the contact details at the foot of this page.