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Anti-Social Behaviour (Croydon)

Volume 514: debated on Monday 26 July 2010

The Petition of the people of New Addington and Fieldway wards,

Declares that they are concerned about numerous cars have been broken into and damaged, while bins have been repeatedly set on fire around Oak Bank.

The Petitioners therefore request that the House of Commons urges the Government to encourage the authorities to introduce improved lighting and an increased police presence in Oak Bank.

And the Petitioners remain, etc.—[Presented by Mr Andrew Pelling, Official Report, 24 March 2010; Vol. 508, c. 349 .]


Observations from the Secretary of State for the Home Department:

The Government are deeply committed to tackling antisocial behaviour in all its forms and have made it a key priority for action at all levels. We all know that antisocial behaviour and crime are stubborn features of our broken society.

We firmly believe that the public have the right to have their concerns about antisocial behaviour promptly tackled by the police and local partners to ensure that people feel safe in their homes and neighbourhoods.

There are a number of powers available to the police, local authorities, social landlords and other front-line practitioners to tackle antisocial behaviour and there is also detailed guidance on how to make full and effective use of them. Warnings, acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs), fixed penalty notices, enforcement of tenancy agreements, antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs), and injunctions are all tools that could be used to stop antisocial behaviour. There should be no situation in which antisocial behaviour cannot be tackled or victims not supported.

We understand from Croydon Council that action is being taken to address the problem.