Anti-Social Behaviour Services Working together to tackle anti-social behaviour in the Borough of Melton’ Inspector John Gray, Melton LPU Commander Kevin Quinn, Community Safety Officer, Melton Borough Council
What is Anti-Social Behaviour? • Crime and Disorder Act 1998: ‘Acting in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator’. • Covers a wide range of selfish and unacceptable behaviour such as: • Nuisance and Noisy Neighbours. • Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces. • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting. • People dumping rubbish and abandoned cars. • Speeding vehicles/vehicle misuse.
Why does it Happen? • An array of factors can increase the risk of anti-social behaviour: • Parenting – Poor parenting skills, a weak parent/child relationship and a family history of problem behaviour • Education – Truancy, exclusion and unchallenged bad behaviour • Community Life – Living in deprived areas with disorder and neglect, lack of community spirit, living in areas with an already high-level of anti-social behaviour • Individual Factors – Drug and alcohol abuse, alienation and early involvement in anti-social behaviour. • There are a range of supportive interventions which can help individuals support individuals and change behaviour……
Joint Action Group • Provides regular multi-agency response to emerging ASB incidents and trends across the Borough, focusing on People and Places. • Focuses on Neighbourhood policing priorities identified by the local community. • ASB managed the same way as crime utilising CIS system. • JAG now holds ‘open’ sessions to which victims and complainants are routinely invited to observe and participate in the problem solving of their issue.
Interventions • Utilisation of an incremental approach to ASB. • Impact and Youth Worker Teams. • Diversionary Work – youth clubs, feel the force, soccer scam etc. • Family Intervention Project – whole family approach targeting root causes. • Community Regeneration Project.
Customer Focus • Circles of Need Project - Understanding the victims needs and experiences. • Designed to shape services based around customer needs. • Consultation and reporting.
HMIC Findings • Where ASB is dealt with in a timely fashion and action is effective it leads to higher satisfaction levels. • ASB linked to public confidence. • 60% of victims reporting ASB suffered some form of targeting and was a factor in non reporting • Risk Factors: 4 factors and where 2 of these exist it indicates there may be considerable problems. The 4 areas are: • Repeat victims, Illness and disability, People at home for lengthy periods, Areas of depravation. • What works? • Briefing of ALL staff on ASB, Tracking what is happening through data and intelligence, problem solving through Neighbourhood teams.