Reported anti-social behaviour falls

Reported anti-social behaviour in Pelsall and local neighbourhoods has fallen by 22 per cent – above the borough average, new figures have revealed.

Figures released by Safer Walsall Partnership show that between October 2009 and September 2010 there were 1,279 reports of anti-social behaviour (ASB), compared with 1,640 in the previous 12 months.[picapp align=”left” wrap=”true” link=”term=anti+social+behaviour&iid=1145362″ src=”http://view.picapp.com/pictures.photo/image/1145362/government-unveils-respect/government-unveils-respect.jpg?size=500&imageId=1145362″ width=”380″ height=”253″ /]

Across the borough, the numbers of reported ASBs fell by nearly 20 per cent in the last 12 months from 17,503 between October 2008 and September 2009 to 14,069 between October 2009 and September 2010.

The statistics also show ASB has fallen across all of the neighbourhood management areas with drops of more than 30 per cent in some.

The biggest fall was in Streetly/Pheasey/Aldridge and Walsall Wood where the number of ASB victims fell from 2,001 between October 2008 and September 2009 to 1,351 between October 2009 and September 2010 – a drop of 32.5 per cent.

Other significant drops were 30.3 per cent in Walsall South and 11.7 per cent in Walsall North.

The partnership is made up of a number of agencies including Walsall Council,West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service, NHS Walsall, Walsall Housing Group, New Horizons and West Midlands Probation.

ASB covers a number of issues and in broad terms can be defined as actions which cause harassment, alarm and distress to anyone not living in the same property. It can include verbal abuse, environmental crimes such as flytipping, hoax calls to emergency services, drunken behaviour and creating excessive noise.

Councillor Zahid Ali, Chairman of Safer Walsall Partnership, said: “While there is no doubt these figures are encouraging we recognise there is still a lot more work to be done and we are keen to build on the progress we have made and reduce the levels of crime and anti-social behaviour even further.”

Chief Inspector Andy Bullman, from Walsall Police, said: “The reduction gives me confidence that we are making progress when dealing with anti-social behaviour.”

Anyone affected by anti-social behaviour should call the local policing team on 0345 113 5000 or Safer Walsall Partnership’s ASB unit on 01922 648291.

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