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Suffolk: Police bosses delight as new figures show big drop in anti-social behaviour

PUBLISHED: 06:00 05 July 2014

Assistant Chief Constable David Skevington

Assistant Chief Constable David Skevington

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Police chiefs in Suffolk last night hailed new figures which revealed a dramatic fall in the number of anti-social behaviour incidents in the county, but they stressed work to tackle the problem will continue.

According to papers released ahead of a Police and Crime Panel meeting on Friday, there were 25,770 incidents in 2013/14, a fall of 23% on the average for the previous three years, when the figure stood at 33,296.

The decline has been attributed to a range of factors including robust policing and diversionary measures, such as extra activities for young people, but officers have said they do not believe it is down to it being under reported.

Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner, Tim Passmore, said: “I think it’s really good news and I am delighted with those figures so well done to the constabulary for getting those figures down.

“I think there are a range of reasons (behind the fall). Part of it I think is down to the money we spend on diversionary measures.

“Giving youngsters things to do is helpful but it needs to be backed up with robust policing.

“Anti-social behaviour is not always regarded as serious by some people but it can be a real nuisance to individuals.”

“There’s a message here that we are not going to tolerate loutish and indecent behaviour. You can expect to be caught and dealt with.”

Assistant chief constable for Suffolk police, David Skevington, added: “I don’t get the sense that we have got any issue of under reporting of anti-social behaviour. My sense is that these figures do represent some positive work of police.

“It’s a real positive in terms of how partners can work effectively together.

“The significant reduction is really encouraging. What we are doing seems to be the right thing.”

The anti-social behaviour figures have been revealed in a report from the police and crime commissioner, which has looked into the performance of the force, which has been largely positive.

Among the successes is a rise in the percentage of victims who are satisfied with the police’s overall service, which stood at 87.5% in 2013/14, compared to the three year average, which was 83.3%.

Mr Skevington added: “Those figures (satisfaction) should be seen as a message to people that we understand how serious this is. We absolutely want to know about it so continue to report it because we will work with our partners to bring it down to make people’s lives happier and safer.”

The number of violence with injury crimes reported also fell from the three year average of 4,093 to 3,628, but the solved rate did also fall from 52.9% to 51.2%.

However, there was also a fall in domestic burglary crimes recorded, which fell from the three-year average of 1,944 to 1,406, and the solve rate rose from 21.2% in the three year average to 22.3%.

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