Anti-Social Behaviour Rises at Worrying Levels

Anti-social behaviour offenses recorded by the police have fallen over the last five years.

The number across the UK fell by nearly 160,000 since 2013. *(Not all forces replied or sent the figures for reasons under the Section 17(5) Freedom of Information Act 2000)

The Metropolitan Police has the most statistically with 1,402,831 recorded offenses by the force. Yet the most striking numbers are from Cleveland Police, who recorded the most by population with 382 reports per 1000 people.

Kate Burgess, a student at UEA but originally from Middlesbrough, says told me she knew it was a problem before the figures were released.

“I got back in touch with some people I used to go to school with a couple of weeks back and they told me about what they’d done. There isn’t the support that young people need. It turns into a nasty cycle that they couldn’t get out of and now they’re stuck.”

The Metropolitan Police service came 15th behind forces such as Greater Manchester, Bedfordshire and Dorset.

Figures from the forces that responded

The area that the police cover, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland and Stockton-On-Tees, has seen a decrease in average salary of 3.5% compared to the national average of increasing by 2.7%. (Courtesy of Adzuna.co.uk)

In 2015, ASBO’s were replaced by of series of injunctions and orders, with “community-based” social control policies.

In a recent Freedom of Information request to every police force in the UK asking for the number of anti-social behaviour incidents reported for each calendar year between 2013 and 2017.

There were however some rises. Thames Valley saw a rise of 9.5% over two years and Hertfordshire has steeply risen since 2014, up over 600 in three years.

Seven forces didn’t respond to the requests and five forces didn’t have the figures for 2013.

The police are yet to comment on the figures.

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