Thursday 22 July 2021 / 12:55 PM Crime / Nick Thomas-Symonds / Policing

Government urgently needs to tackle staggering increase in anti-social behaviour

On the day that Labour launches its Safer Communities campaign, newly released figures show that anti-social behaviour has rocketed in the last year. 

This year alone police recorded over 2 million incidents of anti-social behaviour – the highest in seven years. Offences range from people using and dealing drugs, fly-tipping, vandalism and threatening behaviour. Analysis of the Crime Survey data lays bare the scale of the problem and reveals over 13.6 million adults have witnessed or experienced anti-social behaviour in the last 12 months.

The worrying increase in anti-social behaviour comes off the back of new figures showing a gaping £1.6 billion police funding gap in 2021 compared with 2010.

As Labour launches its Safer Communities campaign it will be demanding the Government do more to tackle this troubling escalation of anti-social behaviour across the country and end violence against women and girls. Labour has pledged:

·        A new £283m fund for areas blighted by high levels of anti-social behaviour, redirected from the Prime Minister’s vanity yacht project. The additional funding could be used for surge funding for police officers and PCSOs, for helping councils fund enforcement or to pay for additional CCTV. 

 

·        Strengthening of legal protections for victims of anti-social behaviour to give victims of persistent, unresolved anti-social behaviour the same rights that the Labour Party is proposing to enshrine for victims of crime.

 

·        A set of proposals to end violence against women and girls, including increasing sentences for rape and stalking, reviewing sentencing for all domestic abuse, and better support for victims of rape and sexual violence – delivering where the Conservatives have failed to step up.

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, said:

“Anti-social behaviour can make people’s lives a misery so these staggering increases are completely unacceptable. Sadly it’s little wonder, given the damage Conservative government cuts have done to community policing, whilst also scrapping huge numbers of youth clubs.“Even in the face of these terrible figures, Ministers continue with the wrong priorities, wasting millions on a pointless yacht, when they should listen to Labour and plough that money into taking action against anti-social behaviour.”