Vera Baird

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Reducing Anti Social Behaviour

Since I was elected in 2012 Reducing ASB has been one of my Police and Crime Plan priorities. Some of the successes in combating this issue are:


  • Ensuring that ASB incidents affecting the most vulnerable victims are attended within one hour.

  • Supporting local community groups to successfully develop their own solutions to local ASB problems.

  • Working closely with housing providers to bring the police and partners closer together to tackle ASB.

  • Lobbying Government to ensure the new ASB Crime and Policing Act introduces positive changes for local people.

  • Ensuring that all vulnerable victims of ASB are identified and provided with a harm reduction plan to meet their specific needs.

  • Shaping the Community Trigger locally and monitored its uptake across Northumbria.

  • Offering Restorative Justice that allows victims to meet offenders and explain the impact their behaviour has had on their lives.

  • Scrutinising the reduction in ASB across Northumbria with 10,000 fewer incidents in 2015/16

  • Introducing Volunteer Networks in every local authority area, who are specially trained volunteers providing additional support to victims of ASB.

  • Overseeing the introduction of ASB Powers ensuring they are embedded and being used correctly.

  • Supporting the Development of an ASB task force where vulnerable people are identified quicker.

  • Ensuring more than half of the people suffering long term ASB had no further incidents after reporting it.

 

Much of the successes in dealing with ASB in Northumbria has been down to working in partnership with local authorities, groups, individuals and organisations. Further information regarding this work can be found by accessing the links below:

Working Together in Reducing ASB 2013-14

Working Together in Reducing ASB 2014-15

Working Together in Redcuing ASB 2015-16

What is anti-social behaviour and what we are doing to reduce it


Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can affect anyone. Damage, graffiti and drunken youths and adults in our neighbourhoods may start off as a nuisance but quickly impact on quality of life. We have made great strides in tackling this but it is still a very important issue and we clearly must do more.

ASB Volunteer Networks have been established across Northumbria to provide extra support for the most vulnerable victims and our ASB task force ensures that vulnerability is identified more quickly. In this way we ensured that last year, more than half of the people suffering long term ASB in their neighbourhood had no further incidents after reporting it. Recorded anti-social behaviour has fallen year on year but it is still the content of 14% of all calls to the police. 11% of those incidents are alcohol related and so there is clearly still a job to do.

My Police and Crime Plan Commitment to Reducing ASB:


  • Contact with victims about their case will be designed to meet their individual needs.

  • Provide victims of anti-social behaviour who feel targeted and all vulnerable victims with tailor-made support and real understanding.

  • Work with partner organisations to efficiently tackle the changing nature of anti-social behaviour and to meet the demands of local communities.

  • Tackle graffiti and related anti-social behaviour, which is often seen as a ‘signal’ crime and ensure that these crimes are stopped and where possible diverted.

  • Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Community Safety Partnerships will engage with the victim in stopping the problem.

What will be achieved


  • Fewer victims of ASB – though we will continue to encourage reporting.

  • Improved satisfaction for victims of ASB.

  • Those most vulnerable will receive a service that better meets their needs.

  • Action will be taken against offenders.