Stoke & Staffordshire

Staffordshire sees falls in nuisance cases

Reports of anti-social behaviour in Staffordshire have fallen by almost 5,000 cases, police have said.

Since 1 April there have been 4,839 fewer cases of anti-social behaviour reported to police, compared to the same period in 2009.

Staffordshire Police said the 19% drop followed a similar fall in 2008/09 and included the school holidays.

The force said 88% of victims were satisfied with the service they had received from police.

Priority cases

Anti-social behaviour includes threatening or intimidating behaviour which has a negative impact on someone's quality of life. It can include rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour such as alcohol-related trouble and problems with nuisance neighbours as well as littering.

Ch Supt Jon Drake, from Staffordshire Police, said: "One of our top targets as a force is ensuring that victims of anti-social behaviour receive a quality service from us, so we're delighted that the satisfaction levels keep going up.

"Our control room staff know to treat every call about anti-social behaviour as a priority. Officers respond to around a third of anti-social behaviour incidents within just 15 minutes, and three quarters of them within an hour."

The force said it had also taken pro-active measures to reduce anti-social behaviour such as organising football sessions for young people on council-owned park land, which had helped to reduce reports in parts of Tunstall.

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