Each area of Middlesbrough is covered by a Neighbourhood Safety Team. These people are there to help make sure your area is safe and comfortable to live in. If you have any problems in your neighbourhood, you can call them and ask for help.
It is important to feel confident when you walking around in Middlesbrough or your local area. These tips can help you stay safe:
- Where possible, avoid walking around at night on your own
- Try to stay in well-lit, busy areas
- If you are on a night out, do not accept drinks from people you do not know, and never leave your drink unattended
- Keep your bag secure so your belongings are not on show
- Trust your instincts if you do not trust someone
Protecting yourself from burglary and theft
Thieves are often looking for an easy opportunity to steal, so by following some simple tips you can help protect yourself:
- Don’t keep personal belongings such as car keys, money, mobile phones, or laptops on view, either in your car or home.
- Keep ground-level windows and doors closed and locked if you are not in the room.
- If you have a burglar alarm, use it when you go out or go to bed.
- Shred receipts, bank statements, and bills before throwing them in the bin.
- If you are renting your home, and there is a problem with the property which puts you at risk of burglary (for example, a broken window or lock), report it to your landlord.
- Consider using a timer on lamps so they will come on when it gets dark, even if you are out. Thinking someone is in the house can stop burglars. Timers are not expensive, and you can buy them from shops selling household goods, like Wilko's or Argos.
Reporting a burglary or theft
If you are a victim of burglary, you should report it to the police. If it is not an emergency, if the crime has already happened and no-one is in danger, you can call 101 or visit your local police station. If it is an emergency, because you or someone else in danger, or the crime is in progress, call 999.
Anti-social behaviour is when people do things which cause distress or harm to someone or to the community. It can make people feel frightened and afraid. It can happen where you live, in a public place, or on public transport. Examples include:
- neighbours being a nuisance or too noisy
- vandalism and graffiti
- drinking alcohol on the street
- people dropping litter
- aggressive begging
- problems related to sex-workers
- inappropriate use of vehicles, and abandoned vehicles
Reporting antisocial behaviour
If you have experienced anti-social behaviour, you should report it to the council. They can investigate, provide support and advice, and help you handle the situation. You can also report anti-social behaviour to Cleveland Police by calling 101.
Drinking alcohol in a public place
There are rules called Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) in some areas of Middlesbrough. These rules make it a legal offence to drink alcohol in the street. You can be fined if you are caught.
The areas affected are:
- Acklam Cemetery
- Linthorpe Cemetery
- North Ormesby/Saint Joseph's Combined Cemetery
- Teesside Crematorium
- Thorntree Roman Catholic Cemetery
- Thorntree Cemetery
Public Space Protection Orders also cover other nuisance behaviour, for example, having illegal drugs, not keeping your dog on a lead, lighting fires, and being violent.