We have received an increase in reports of aggressive begging and nuisance from rough sleepers in areas across the borough. We are working with the police to take action against anyone displaying aggressive behaviour.
Cllr Harden, Portfolio Holder for Residents and Corporate Services, said: “We are working with the Police to ask residents and visitors to the borough not to give money to anyone asking for or suggesting they are in need of money. Instead, please make a donation to DENS, who provide a wide range of services for the homeless within Dacorum, or a homeless charity of your choice.”
Inspector Jeff Scott, from Herts Police's Safer Neighbourhood Team, added: “We are working closely with Dacorum Borough Council’s anti-social behaviour team to take action against persons involved in begging, which is illegal and can cause harassment.
"The public should be conscious that some beggars are dishonest about their true intentions for requested money and not all beggars are genuinely homeless or unable to work. In some cases, the money is used to sustain drug or alcohol dependencies and continues to drive their dependency, rather than encouraging them to seek help and improve their lives in a responsible way.
"There are a number of charities available that support the homeless, such as DENS.”
To report aggressive begging, please call the police on 101 or contact our anti-social behaviour team on 01442 228000.
Anyone who is homeless can get advice from our office at The Forum or from DENS Day Centre, located at the entrance to Gadebridge Park.
To donate money, please visit the DENS website or call 01442 262274.