Anti-social behaviour reports

A template press release on anti-social behaviour in your area. This was covered by the BBC. 


Please see below for a template press release on anti-social behaviour in your area. This was covered by the BBC: Anti-social behaviour: Two million police reports go unattended

Please use this spreadsheet to fill in the blanks. Data is organised by police force and is for use in England and Wales only. 

A breakdown by police force

Any questions, please get in touch on press@libdems.org.uk 


[INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN N] anti-social behaviour reports in [INSERT AREA] go unattended by police

[INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN N] reports of anti-social behaviour in [AREA] have gone unattended by police in the past three years, new data has revealed.

[AREA]’s Liberal Democrats have blasted the Conservatives for being soft on crime and have demanded a return to community policing. The figures were uncovered through a a Freedom of Information Request (FOI) tabled by the party to [INSERT POLICE FORCE]. 

They show that just [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN L] incidents of anti-social behaviour of the [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN K] reported have had an officer attend the scene in the past three years. This means that [INSERT FIGURE - COLUMN O]% went unattended over the same period. The worst year was [INSERT YEAR], with only [INSERT LOWEST FIGURE - COLUMN D, G OR J]% of anti-social behaviour reports being followed up by a police officer in person.

The Liberal Democrats have warned that a fall in community policing has meant “people feel unsafe just walking down their own streets” on the government’s watch. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that almost one in two people say they never see police foot patrols, up from 30% in 2014-15. 

[INSERT AREA] Liberal Democrats are proposing a three point plan to crack down on anti-social behaviour and reverse years of Conservative neglect:

Restore proper community policing, where officers are more visible, trusted and known personally to local people.

Reverse Conservative cuts to youth services by investing an extra £500 million a year nationally, via a ring-fenced fund to Local Authorities
Scrap Police and Crime Commissioners and use the £50 million savings to invest in frontline policing and solving crimes.
 
Liberal Democrat [SPOKESPERSON] for [INSERT AREA], [INSERT NAME], said:
“These shocking figures show the Conservatives are soft on crime and are letting our communities down. People in [INSERT AREA] deserve better than this. 

“Too many people feel unsafe just walking down their own streets, because the Conservatives have let anti-social behaviour run rampant. For years this government has failed to give our local police force the officers or resources to tackle this scourge properly.
 
“The Liberal Democrats are calling for a return to proper community policing, where officers are visible, trusted and known personally to local people. We will invest in youth services to give our young people opportunities and help make [INSERT AREA] safer.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

A breakdown by police force

Between 2019 and 2021, 1,605,010 incidents of anti-social behaviour of the 3,581,666 reported to 34 police forces were attended by an officer (44.8%). 1,976,656 were unattended.

630,244 incidents of anti-social behaviour of the 1434150  reported to 34 police forces in 2020 were attended by an officer (43.9%). 803,906 were unattended.

Across the three-year period, 20/34 forces (59%) failed to have an officer attend at least half of all anti-social behaviour reports.
The five police forces with the most reports of anti-social behaviour in the three-year period were the Metropolitan Police (1,006,063), Lancashire (219,087), British Transport Police (157,176), Northumbria (154,443) and West Yorkshire (138,349).

The latest data shows the 2016 Police and Crime Commissioner Elections cost £50m in 2016. 

Freedom of Information request is as below:

To: All Police Forces

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, I would be grateful if you could comply with the following request. Could you provide the following information:

How many incidents of anti-social behaviour have been reported to your force in the past three calendar years: 2021, 2020 and 2019.

Please can you provide a breakdown of how many of these reports led to a police officer visiting the scene of the incident.

If it is not possible to provide the information requested due to the information exceeding the cost of compliance limits identified in Section 12, please provide advice and assistance, under the Section 16 obligations of the Act, as to how I can refine my request.

If you can identify any ways that my request could be refined I would be grateful for any further advice and assistance. 

Please confirm receipt of this request and if you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact me via email and I will be very happy to clarify what I am asking for and discuss the request.