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Antisocial Behaviour: Crime Prevention

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 3 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the anti-social behaviour units within police authorities. (251346)

Each local area is responsible for setting up and managing its own multi-agency team to tackle antisocial behaviour (ASB). In doing so, it establishes its own priorities according to local needs. In some areas the lead agency is the police while in others it is the local authority. But all local agencies need to work together if anti-social-behaviour is to be tackled effectively and the police service has a key role to play.

The Government have provided practitioners with a toolkit of enforcement and support tools to tackle antisocial behaviour which they operate according to local priorities. And we know that they are using them. The latest Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) survey of tools and powers shows that between October 2003 and September 2007, CDRPs have:

Issued more than 30,000 Acceptable Behaviour Contracts,

Issued over 1,100 crack house closures,

Issued more than 2,000 parenting orders and 8,600 contracts

Made 12,675 antisocial behaviour orders (between October 2003 and December 2006; court data)

Three independent reports including the Home Affairs Select Committee report (2005), the Audit Commission report (May 2006) and the NAO report (December 2006) confirmed that our approach to tackling antisocial behaviour is working.

Perceptions of levels of antisocial behaviour have fallen—16per cent. of people felt that levels of antisocial behaviour were high in 2006-07 compared to 21 per cent. in 2002-03.