Anti-social behaviour falls by 20%

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The Daventry area has recorded the biggest fall in incidents of anti-social behaviour (ASB) in the county.

There was a 20 per cent reduction year on year according to statistics released by Northamptonshire Police.

Between April 1, 2012, and March 31, 2013, the number of incidents dropped to 2,488 from 3,103 during the corresponding period the previous year – this equates to 615 fewer incidents.

Sergeant Paul Valentine, from Daventry Rural Safer Community Team, said: “We are pleased with the significant reduction of overall anti-social behaviour incidents in Daventry and the surrounding area.”

But the Safer Community Teams working out of Daventry police station and Watford Gap police office recognise there is still much to do.

Sgt Valentine added: “Litter and fly-tipped materials give a clear impression that an area is being neglected and increase the perception that these areas are subject to other anti-social behaviour issues.”

The figures compare well to other parts of the country. At the end of March, there were 33,148 incidents of ASB, a drop of 4,470 incidents recorded during the similar period in 2011/12,

In the other rural areas of the county, East Northamptonshire and South Northamptonshire showed falls in ASB of 15 per cent, matched by the urban area of Wellingborough.

Corby and Northampton showed 11 per cent decreases but Kettering was the worst performing of the policing areas with a reduction of just one per cent.