Housing associations hold a unique position in our communities and are well placed with their knowledge of local communities to identify signs of criminality, abuse and exploitation. However, housing associations are also key targets of crime and have three main assets that require safekeeping: staff, premises and equipment.
Staff – Risk to person
- All front line staff, including those who are classed as remote or lone workers (engineers, maintenance staff etc) may experience violence and aggression towards them.
- “Cuckooing” – the takeover of a house owned by a vulnerable individual by drug gangs from outside the area to use as a base.
- Anti-social behaviour targeted at staff, other residents, or the local community.
- Advice concerning tenant engagement.
- Help with anti-social behaviour.
Property and assets
- Buildings could be targeted, especially when empty, with risks of arson, vandalism and burglary/trespassing.
- Risk from theft or misappropriation of equipment, vehicles, fuel etc.