AMBER VALLEY: Report claims fall in anti-social behaviour

Police are appealing for information.
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CASES of antisocial behaviour in Amber Valley fell by 10per cent from April 2012 to January 2013, according to a crime report.

The figures are part of a crime statistics report due to be published in April highlighting the work of the Community Safety Partnership in Amber Valley.

A number of initiatives and projects including diversionary activities for young people and more targeted policing has been credited for the drop.

Cllr Chris Short, Cabinet Member for Safe and Secure Places to Live at Amber Valley Borough Council, said: “The majority of young people are respectful and considerate but the CSP team work hard all the time, particularly with the minority of young people who are likely to become involved in antisocial behaviour, to head it off before it begins.

“A combination of partnership working, robust policing, increased police presence and activities for young people through the Youth Service has helped us to achieve this encouraging figure for 2012.”

Initiatives included The Be Safe project which involved an increase in police numbers during the fairs in Ripley and Belper to tackle alcohol related anti social behaviour and a comprehensive programme of activities for young people to participate in during the school holidays.

There ahve also been more robust measures such as Section 30 Dispersal Orders in Heanor Town Centre where groups of people under the age of 16 were moved on if they were considered to be causing a nuisance or a risk to themselves or others.

Cases of antisocial behaviour have reduced by 17per cent in the last three years. Antisocial behaviour can include alcohol or drug related crimes, noise nuisance, damage vandalism, nuisance vehicles or littering and fly tipping.

Police Sgt Dave Harrison, of the Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership, said: “It is great news that we have seen reductions in the number of anti-social incidents reported to us, and we are committed to continuing our work alongside partnership agencies with the aim of keeping levels low and ensuring the Amber Valley stays a safe place to live, work and visit.”

Amber Valley Community Safety Partnership is a partnership body comprising Derbyshire Police, Amber Valley Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Probation Service and Clinical Commissioning Groups.

The CSP area is made up of 13 Safer Neighbourhood Teams within the Amber Valley, including four town centres.