Respecting others: tackling antisocial behaviour in London
Antisocial behaviour involves a wide range of unacceptable behaviours.
Examples of antisocial behaviour include: nuisance noise, animal problems, street drinking, littering or drugs paraphernalia, abandoned vehicles, misuse of fireworks, begging or vagrancy, noisy or nuisance neighbours.
Antisocial behaviour is a key concern to Londoners and it is high on the agenda for police, housing providers and all boroughs across London.
However it means different things to different people and sometimes front line professionals find it hard to define antisocial behaviour.
- In March 2017, antisocial behaviour calls to the Met were 13 per cent higher compared to the preceding year.
- In the last three years, 85 per cent of calls were recorded as nuisance antisocial behaviour, 12 per cent as personal antisocial behaviour and three per cent as environmental antisocial behaviour.
- The Met reports that the antisocial behaviour of young people, in particular noise and hanging around, and drug use and misuse is the most common.
- There is no consistency in the antisocial behaviour data and information that different agencies collect and monitor.
- The Met must evaluate the benefits of rolling out Antisocial Behaviour Warning Notices in all London boroughs.
- MOPAC should introduce a performance management framework that collates and reports on data from the Met, local authorities and housing providers.
- Victims of antisocial behaviour are seen as second rate to victims of crime. The Mayor must lobby the Government to extend the remit of the Victims Commissioner and the use of MOPAC commissioning powers to include victims of antisocial behaviour and for funding that reflects the needs of victims of antisocial behaviour in London.
- The Community Remedy and Community Trigger were designed to empower victims of antisocial behaviour. MOPAC must increase awareness and promote the use of these powers.
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The Met and Mayor have both responded to the report’s recommendations.
The Met’s response outlined plans to develop and strengthen MPS Neighbourhood Board leadership structures and introduce Lead Responsible Officers (LROs), and to review the Antisocial Behaviour Warning Notices scheme and its mitigation of ASB risk.
MOPAC responded that it is working with partners to explore lack of take up of Community Remedy and Community Trigger, and had agreed a Community Remedy menu with the Met, negotiating standard thresholds for the Community Trigger across London.
MOPAC is also representing London in the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners review of antisocial behaviour powers and legislation.
The committee will continue to monitor action in this area.