14 April 2008
Anti-social behaviour is being effectively tackled by early intervention in Caerphilly county borough.
Warning letters and supportive interventions have proven success in making individuals think twice about continuing with their unacceptable behaviour, as only a tiny minority go on to receive ASBO's thanks to a well developed and deployed early intervention system.
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership, which includes Caerphilly County Borough Council and Gwent Police, tackles anti-social behaviour in the county borough via a "four-strike process": an initial warning letter; a follow up letter; an intervention/support/acceptable behaviour contract process, which is a voluntary agreement preventing certain behaviour and actions, and is between the individual and a partnership representative; and finally an application to the court for an ASBO, imposing restrictions on the individual's movement, conduct and behaviour.
From April, 2007 to March, 2008, there were 1572 initial warning letters sent out, followed up with 317 second strike warning letters, and 73 third strike interventions (including Acceptable Behaviour Contracts), with 14 going on to receive an ASBO at court.
Since 2003, 52 persons have received ASBO's within the county borough, 30 of them being adults and 22 juveniles. These ASB orders last between two and six years. Currently 29 of these ASB orders are still 'live and in operation'.
Community Safety Manager, Howard Rees said, "These figures clearly illustrate our commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour in the area. Such behaviour often blights our communities and can undermine people's feelings of security and well-being. We will not tolerate this behaviour that threatens our citizens, and these figures show how seriously the Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership deals with anti-social behaviour."
Safer Caerphilly County Borough is a multi-agency organisation whose five statutory organisations are Caerphilly County Borough Council, Gwent Police, Caerphilly Local Health Board, South Wales Fire and Rescue Service and Gwent Police Authority. It works to combat crime, anti-social behaviour and the fear of crime in the county borough.
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