Anti-social behaviour reports soar in Northampton and Daventry due to COVID breaches

Reports of anti-social behaviour in Daventry and Northampton are soaring above average numbers due to coronavirus breaches.

Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 4:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th January 2021, 4:11 pm
Breaches of COVID guidelines are being recorded as 'anti-social behaviour'.

In Daventry, reports of anti-social behaviour are up 53.7 per cent compared to the baseline average – according to papers which will be discussed by Daventry District councillors next week.

But the increases are mainly due to breaches of coronavirus guidelines being recorded under the anti-social category.

And in her latest report to the full council at Northampton Borough, cabinet member for community safety Councillor Anna King writes: “Incidents of anti-social behaviour recorded by Northamptonshire Police increased by 27.8 per cent during the year to the end of September.

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“Police have been recording reports of breaches of the COVID regulations as anti-social behaviour offences and it is this which has been the main driver behind the increase in anti-social behaviour reports in the first four months of 2020/21. A secondary measure for anti-social behaviour is criminal damage: figures for the Partnership decreased by 8.2 per cent compared with 2019/20.”

An anti-social behaviour reporting form has now been launched on the borough council’s website, which will allow members of the public to report directly to the authority’s dedicated team which is in place to tackle it.

Councillor King added that the overall crime rate was falling, with decreases in most categories, including both residential and business burglary. The notable exception was violent crime, which continues to increase.