Anti Social Behaviour - Begging Campaign
Begging is a criminal offence and giving to beggars on the street continues the cycle of homelessness for those caught up in it. If you see someone begging, then please contact 101 and report it to the Police.
Evidence has shown that beggars can earn up to £80 a day. A recent audit proved that over 70 percent of people begging were not homeless. When they had finished begging and obtained their fix they were then returning to their accommodation.
People who give money to beggars are probably doing more harm than good. Money handed over is often spent on drugs or alcohol or to fund a comfortable lifestyle away from the streets.
The problem is highlighted in a poster campaign run by the Exeter Community Safety Partnership, of which the City Council is a member along with Devon and Cornwall Police.
People are being encouraged to donate instead to an Alternative Giving Scheme, where funds are channelled directly towards projects to help the homeless and those sleeping rough.
The message is simple please do not give money to people who are begging - if you would like to help the homeless please support Exeter's Alternative Giving Scheme.
You can also join in the discussion around begging on the Exeter Against Begging Facebook Page.
Street Needs Audit
Over the last year, there has been a noticeable increase in street activity, in and around Exeter City Centre, and anti social behaviour connected with begging, street drinking and rough sleeping.
A Street Needs Audit was carried out on the 13th December 2012, the purpose of which was to gather information about the extent and nature of street activity in Exeter. It also helped to identify who was involved in the street activity.
For the purpose of the audit, street activity was defined as:
For more information and a full breakdown of the report please download the following document:-