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Anti-social behaviour reduced in North Bournemouth

Latest figures show that anti-social behaviour is down by 23.5% across North Bournemouth.

There were 642 fewer incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) reported across North Bournemouth between 1 April and 31 July 2011 – a reduction of 23.5% compared to the same period in 2010.

A number of initiatives have been introduced by Dorset Police and its partners to make North Bournemouth even safer and reduce the number of incidents of ASB.

This includes running targeted police operations as both a preventative approach to incidents of ASB and to provide a policing presence in areas where previous incidents have occurred.

In addition, police and partners regularly conduct visits to the parents of young people found to be involved in anti-social behaviour and ASB contracts have also been introduced to monitor the behaviour of young people involved in incidents of anti-social behaviour.

Dorset Police has worked closely with partners, including Bournemouth Borough Council’s Safer Stronger Communities Team, to tackle anti-social behaviour.

North Bournemouth Neighbourhood Inspector, Mike Claxton, said: “Together with our partners we have improved the way in which we deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour and I’m really pleased that this is reflected in the reduction in incidents we have seen.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home and when going about their business and incidents of anti-social behaviour can often make people feel afraid and vulnerable.

“Despite the fall in anti-social behaviour we are not complacent and will continue to run targeted operations and respond to incidents that are reported to us. Now that schools have broken up for the summer, I’d also urge all young people to stay safe and act responsibly during their summer holidays.”

Bournemouth Borough Councillor David Smith, Cabinet Member for Communities and Planning, said: “I am extremely pleased to see that anti-social behaviour has been reduced in North Bournemouth. It is one of our key priorities as a Council to ensure that our residents feel safe in their community. I believe that by continuing to work effectively with Dorset Police in the future we can further reduce the rate of anti-social behaviour.”