Antisocial Behaviour: Coronavirus

Home Office written question – answered on 21st September 2021.

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Photo of Colleen Fletcher Colleen Fletcher Opposition Whip (Commons)

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 in (i) each of the last five years and (ii) during the covid-19 outbreak; and what steps her Department is taking to tackle anti-social behaviour in those areas.

Photo of Rachel Maclean Rachel Maclean The Minister of State, Home Department, The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

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 Beating Crime Plan published on 27 July laid out the Government’s commitment to working with local agencies and partners to drive down anti-social behaviour.

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 provides a range of flexible tools and powers to local agencies to tackle anti-social behaviour. Local areas decide how best to deploy these powers depending on the specific circumstances. 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.

ASB police recorded incidents for West Midlands were on a steady decline pre-Covid-19 with a 40% fall in 2019-20 when compared to 2016-17. The overall number of ASB incidents in England also fell (24%) pre-Covid-19 but to a lesser degree than in West Midlands. ASB police recorded incidents have increased during the pandemic. A large part of this increase is associated to police recording reports of breaches of the public health regulations as ASB, many of which would not be considered ASB in normal times.

Home Office statutory guidance which was updated this year, supports all local agencies in using the powers from the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and in taking the multi-agency approach that is needed to tackle and prevent anti-social behaviour in a way that takes account of the needs of the victim and the wider community.

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