How should anti-social behaviour be policed?
Police are failing to record and tackle anti-social behaviour, according to a review. How can they improve?
The review by HM Inspectorate of Constabulary criticised forces in England and Wales for failing to adequately log reports of harassment, vandalism and verbal abuse.
Many police computer systems were unable to spot victims who suffered repeated abuse. In 23% of incidents of anti-social behaviour, officers did not even turn up.
The report comes as the Independent Police Complaints Commission investigates the case of Fiona Pilkington, who killed herself and her severely disabled daughter after suffering sustained anti-social behaviour. Police were called 33 times in seven years to reports of abuse, vandalism and violence by local youths.
How should police tackle anti-social behaviour? Are you satisfied with the performance of your local police force? Have you been a victim of anti-social behaviour? Did the police handle your complaint properly?