Reported incidents of anti-social behaviour across the county are continuing to fall, according to figures released by Northamptonshire Police.
The figures shows a decrease of 23.1 per cent during the first 15 weeks of the financial year compared with the same period last year with 2,781 fewer reported incidents - a drop of 12,042 to 9,261.
Northamptonshire Police’s deputy strategic lead for anti-social behaviour Chief Inspector Fay Tennet said: “These latest figures show a steady and significant decrease over a considerable time period – we also saw a 21.7 per cent drop of reported incidents in July last year from the same period in 2010.
“We have applied a flexible approach – after all, anti-social behaviour is a complex and diverse subject covering a wide variety of types of incidents affecting people in numerous ways.
“The use of consistent, force-wide policing approaches in tailored and locally-focused initiatives enables us to deal with the specific issues raised by communities throughout the towns and villages within Northamptonshire.
“Our approach is very much tailored to each individual case and finding the most appropriate solution at the time and we work closely with partner agencies. In effect, we treat issues individually and take the most appropriate action accordingly. There are, however, clearly instances where we need to adopt a zero tolerance stance and we will and do make arrests where appropriate.
“Education and awareness also play a vital role in deterring potential problems and officers and PCSOs have been talking to schoolchildren in the run-up to the summer break about the consequences of behaving in an anti-social way.
“With the summer holidays approaching and, we hope, an improvement in the weather, Safer Community Teams have put local initiatives in place. Our message is that we’re not here to stop people enjoying themselves – in fact the opposite – we want people to stop and think if their behaviour is affecting others in a negative way.”
PC Rod MacKenzie, from Corby Safer Community Team explained: “In addition to conducting extra, high-visibility patrols of hotspot areas we have ‘StaySafe’ operations in place. Working with partner agencies, including Corby Council and Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, officers will be dealing with any underage drinking – ensuring any young person found to be intoxicated is taken home safely and words of advice given to parents. We also have a test purchase programme in place to ensure licensed premises are not selling alcohol to underage customers.”
District commander for Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire, Chief Inspector Nick Lyall added: “It’s great that we have seen reductions of anti-social behaviour and we’re committed to continuing the downward trend. While we are seeing fewer and fewer incidents, we are remaining vigilant and have increased patrols in hotspots including Wellingborough town centre, Hemmingwell, Kiln Way and Minerva Way in Wellingborough and areas in Rushden, Higham Ferrers, Oundle and the towns and villages across the district where we anticipate there may be issues.”
Inspector Richard Aistrop, at Kettering, said: “We’ve got great support from ‘Groundworks’ who are out and about interacting with people, developing relationships and breaking down the barriers and misconceptions which sometimes occur around young people and our Jam in the Hood youngsters project proved to be a real success.
“Kettering has a lot of great events going on this year and we’re keen to make sure residents and visitors can enjoy themselves without being affected by crime and anti-social behaviour. I’m pleased to report that recent highlights such as the Olympic Torch Relay occurred with no issues and people attending in good humour despite the weather.”
Kettering had a decrease of 24 per cent, that’s 391 fewer reported incidents - a drop of 1,632 to 1,241.
Corby had a decrease of 23.2 per cent, that’s 299 fewer reported incidents - a drop of 1,289 to 990.
Wellingborough had a decrease of 30.9 per cent, that’s 458 fewer reported incidents - a drop of 1,483 to 1,025.
East Northamptonshire had a decrease of 25.9 per cent, that’s 308 fewer reported incidents - a drop of 1,190 to 882.