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Anti-social Behaviour: Coronavirus

Question for Home Office

UIN 3895, tabled on 19 May 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of trends in the levels of anti-social behaviour incidents in (a) Coventry North East constituency, (b) Coventry, (c) the West Midlands and (d) England during the covid-19 outbreak; and what (i) financial and (ii) other steps her Department is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour in those areas.

Answered on

24 May 2021

The Government is committed to tackling and preventing anti-social behaviour (ASB). We know the serious impact that persistent ASB can have on both individuals and communities.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides flexible powers to authorities in local areas to deal with anti-social behaviour. As the powers are local in nature, the Home Office only collects data at Police Force Area level and not at lower levels of geography.

The Office for National Statistics do publish data on perceptions of ASB, which has remained relatively flat. According to the latest ONS survey (released in February 2021) the majority of people perceived ASB levels in their local area to have stayed the same during the pandemic period.

A total of £45m has been allocated through the Safer Streets Fund, which supports areas that are disproportionately affected by acquisitive crimes, and many of these projects also help to tackle ASB.

To help ensure that the police have the resources they need to tackle crime and anti-social behaviour, we have given them the biggest funding increase in a decade and are recruiting 20,000 additional officers by March 2023, which provides extra resource to protect the public and keep us safe.

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