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New plans to tackle nuisance behaviour

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A range of measures to tackle anti-social behaviour will be unveiled as the government pledges to crack down on minor crime.

Among the proposals to be outlined today are plans to compel police to investigate any incidences of anti-social behaviour reported by at least five people.

The “community trigger” is one of a raft of proposals which form part of a government consultation on anti-social behaviour, a Home Office source said.

Other measures will see police given powers forcing culprits to make amends for nuisance behaviour immediately.

The move comes as the Anti-Social Behaviour Order (Asbo) is overhauled.

Instead police will be able to apply for a court order to tackle low-level nuisance behaviour.

The new measures will be called criminal behaviour orders.

The Asbo was launched under the last Labour government while Tony Blair was still in power.

But the measure has attracted criticism in some quarters for the perception that it is seen as a badge of honour among offenders.

Shadow home office minister Vernon Coaker said: “The thing that has made the biggest difference to anti-social behaviour over the last 10 years has been neighbourhood police teams including PCSOs out on the streets and working with local communities to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Whether using Asbos or the other measures the Labour government introduced, these teams have made a real difference. What we have learnt is that no matter what measures you introduce, you need the officers to enforce them.

“This Tory-led government’s savage cuts, putting chief constables in an impossible position and meaning more than 10,000 fewer police officers, will undoubtedly impact the work of these teams.

“No matter what announcements this Tory-led government makes, the truth is they are taking an unacceptable risk with the safety of our streets.”

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Readers' comments (2)

  • It's extremely simple to get great information to the front line staff and the decision makers regarding ASB, Low level crime and organised crime. If all the parties freely shared their data and information, you could cut 15% of crime and all associated costs within weeks.

    If the red tape in the Police (dozens of forms for an incident) and the craziness of security of data being more important than saving lives is ballanced, then the Pilkington cases and Baby P's could also become a thing of the past.

    Simpler systems and data sharing (working together) could save one county area at least £7M a year, with less crime, better health, improved education. Let's stop thinking in narrow boxes and seek a genuine joined up 'Big Society!'

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  • Dave, I agree with you comments completely. You will be interested in a project that is being implemented in North Lincolnshire's Safer Neighbourhoods Team were this specific issue is being addressed. The project is called the Victims and Vulnerable Persons Index (VVPI).

    The parties involved (the CSP, Social Care, NHS, Police, Probation etc) are sharing data systematically to release the benefits you allude to (not freely but using specifically designed data sharing protocols).

    Not only will this release operational efficiencies, it will improve strategic commissioning decisions using risk modelling techniques and as you suggest seek to implement the fundamental drivers outlined by the Big Society...alongside this and more importantly to prevent cases such as the Pilkingtons.

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