More good results for anti-social behaviour

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Efforts to tackle anti-social behaviour in East Northamptonshire are paying dividends according to Northamptonshire police.

The force says significant progress has been made over the past two years, with public attitudes to anti-social behaviour in their areas showing improvements.

A random sample of people were questioned in the district about whether they felt it was a significant problem in their community.

In 2009 14 per cent of residents perceived it to be a problem while in 2012 just 7.1 per cent felt it was a problem.

In 2009 1.5 per cent of people questioned felt broken down/abandoned/burned out vehicles was a problem. In 2012 the figure was 0.4 per cent.

In 2009 11 per cent of people questioned felt vandalism/graffiti was a problem. In 2012 the figure was seven per cent.

In 2009 18 per cent of people questioned felt rubbish/litter was a problem. In 2012 the figure was 15 per cent.

In 2009 18 per cent of people questioned felt teenagers hanging around were a problem. In 2012 the figure was 12 per cent.

In 2009 seven per cent of people questioned felt drug dealing/using was a problem. In 2012 the figure was five per cent.

In 2009 four per cent of people questioned felt noisy neighbours were a problem. In 2012 the figure stayed the same.

In 2009 nine per cent of people questioned felt people being drunk/rowdy were a problem. In 2012 the figure was five per cent.

East Northamptonshire sector commander Inspector Vaughan Clarke said: “I am very pleased with these reductions. They have been mirrored with record reductions in crime and in the total numbers of anti-social incidents reported.

“We work in partnership with East Northamptonshire Council and as a team we have been very effective in tackling these issues.

“The council is very pro-active when it comes to addressing litter and graffiti and we have done a lot to tackle lower level criminality, which is often linked to anti-social behaviour and have taken robust action with problem residents, including evictions for the most serious offenders.”

Cllr Glenn Harwood MBE added: “We’re delighted the council’s campaign I Heart East Northants – Improving where you live, work and play campaign has played such an important part in reducing environmental crime across the district and this is clearly reflected in these results. We will continue to work with the police to tackle these issues and so improve people’s positive perceptions of East Northamptonshire.”