Antisocial behaviour

Tackling antisocial behaviour

Start date: 12 June 2017
End date: 31 December 2017

Key facts

  • Antisocial behaviour is described by the Metropolitan Police as “behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the person.”
  • In the year to February 2017, the Met received 272,000 calls related to antisocial behaviour – a 10 per cent rise on the previous year.
  • The Mayor’s Police and Crime Plan identifies tackling antisocial behaviour as a mandatory priority for every London borough.

Our investigation

Ranging from littering to vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours - such a wide range of behaviours and crimes means that responsibility for dealing with antisocial behaviour is shared between a number of agencies. These include the police, local authorities, registered social landlords, housing trusts, fire and rescue services and youth offending teams.

Reports of antisocial behaviour to the Met (calls to its Command and Control Centre) have declined over recent years (see table below), with fairly consistent peaks in the summer months. However, it increased by 10 per cent in 2016 when compared with the previous year.

Antisocial behaviour calls to the Met – 2009 to 2016
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
520,521      562,349     483,533     399,296     359,582     279,121     244,080     267,798    

Source: London Datastore

The Committee is investigating the issue, finding out the extent and scope of antisocial behaviour in London. 

The Committee will examine the effectiveness of current legislation, in addition to Mayoral and local initiatives. The investigation will also involve evaluating how the Met’s approach to tackling and preventing antisocial behaviour will change now it is a priority across all boroughs. 

A report, including key findings and recommendations to help tackle antisocial behaviour in London, is expected to be published in late 2017.

Get involved

The Police and Crime Committee will be looking at these key questions:

  • To what extent is antisocial behaviour an issue London? What are the main concerns? 
  • Has antisocial behaviour got better or worse over the last three years? 
  • Does antisocial behaviour affect some communities more than others? If so why?
  • Are the police, local authorities and other partner agencies, such as housing providers, doing a good job in tackling antisocial behaviour? 
  • What steps have been taken to address antisocial behaviour in London and how successful have they been?
  • How can the Mayor support London’s local agencies responsible for tackling antisocial behaviour?
  • Has the Mayor allocated sufficient resource to support this work and address antisocial behaviour across London?

The Committee welcomes contributions from members of the public, representatives from charities, Safer Neighbourhood Boards, representatives from policing, local authorities, registered social landlords and academics etc. Find out more by reading the investigation Scoping Paper

Submissions should aim to address the areas outlined above, and any other issues that may be important for the investigation to cover.

To contribute, please e-mail [email protected] with your views. 

We will publish written submissions online unless they are marked as confidential or there is a legal reason for non-publication. We may be required to release a copy of your submission under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, even if it has been marked as confidential. In any event we will ensure that information or data that could identify particular individuals and service users will be removed before publication.

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