Anti-social behaviour in Corby fell by almost a fifth last year, police have revealed.
There were 692 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour in the borough in 2011 compared with the previous 12 months, a 17.7 per cent reduction.
And telephone data collected by police shows that only seven per cent of Corby residents think anti-social behaviour is a significant issue in the town, compared with 24.6 per cent three years ago.
There were 3,222 incidents of anti-social behaviour in the borough last year, compared with 3,914 in 2010.
Police have hailed the work done by Corby Council in achieving the fall, including the launch of the county’s first victim and witness charter.
The council and police also launched leaflets telling residents the minimum standards they can expect when dealing with the two authorities.
Corby police commander Insp Gary Williams said: “The figure is a fantastic testament to the activities of the Community Safety Partnership in tackling anti-social behaviour in Corby, and to the support we have received from all of the community.
“It has been a difficult journey to achieve such a large reduction and improvement in the perception that we are unstinting in our determination to tackle anti-social behaviour, in particular issues which impact on the most vulnerable.”
Corby Council leader Tom Beattie said: “The figures show the proactive work we have undertaken, including positive activities for young people and patrols of hotspot areas, has reduced anti-social behaviour to the lowest figure ever recorded and has ultimately helped the community feel safer in their borough.”
Roy Dalrymple, 48, of Counts Farm Road, Corby, said: “I have seen an improvement in the past two years, especially on the Exeter estate.
“When I first moved on to the Exeter there was a lot of trouble there and the police were really active.
“There had been so much petty stuff going on.
“There were a lot of windows smashed, cars damaged and trouble in the street as the club was often open until 4am. But they have stopped it.”