Anti-social behaviour in Northamptonshire falls by 12 per cent

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Anti-social behaviour across Northamptonshire has fallen by 12 per cent over the last year, police have said, with more than 4,000 fewer recorded incidents.

Anti-social and nuisance behaviour fell by 11 per cent in Northampton, the equivalent of 1,678 fewer reports.

In Daventry it fell by 20 per cent, the biggest fall in the county, while in South Northamptonshire anti-social behaviour fell by 15 per cent.

Over the last 12 months, police recorded 33,148 incidents, a drop of 4,470 on the previous year.

Territorial Superintendent Richard James, the force lead for anti-social behaviour, said: “It is very pleasing to have continued reducing the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour across the force area, and in every sector.

“But it is only part of the picture and a recent Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary review rated us as excellent in a number of categories around how we support victims.

“We have been increasingly focusing on the uncertainty, risk and vulnerability caught up in anti-social behaviour and have developed, with the University of Northampton, a process known as ‘rich picturing’ which we are now launching across the county.

“This has attracted national attention and the process enables us to both understand anti-social behaviour issues better and co-ordinate the appropriate agencies to resolve longer-standing issues.

“During the last year, our focus has included the management of the more problematic anti-social behaviour incidents and we are now better at assessing risks at an earlier stage.”