Anti-social behaviour is everyone's responsibility
11:45am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in News
COMBATING anti-social behaviour is the responsibility of not only the emergency services but of the council, housing associations and communities, police commissioner Tony Lloyd has warned.
Mr Lloyd spoke out after it was revealed that anti-social behaviour figures increased by nine per cent to 145,118, compared with 132,827 the year before.
He said: “I’ve met with victims of anti-social behaviour and seen the devastating impact it has on them — often afraid to leave their homes, feeling like they have nowhere to turn and for some, accepting it as a way of life.
“This is not acceptable — more needs to be done to tackle it and we all have a part to play. Tackling anti-social behaviour and putting victims at the centre are central to my police and crime plan.”
Police and the fire service have launched the annual Treacle campaign, which highlights the consequences of antisocial behaviour, criminal damage and the misuse of fireworks around Halloween and Bonfire Night.
Mr Lloyd said young people are not responsible for all of the anti-social behaviour.
He added: “Many reports are about anti-social residents who just don’t care about their neighbours. This is where housing associations, landlords and councils can help by taking a tough stance against this sort of behaviour and making it clear that’s there’s no place for it.”
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