Drop in anti-social behaviour in Portsmouth, new statistics reveal

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ANTI-SOCIAL behaviour across Portsmouth has decreased, according to the latest figures released by Hampshire Constabulary.

There were 76 fewer reports of anti-social behaviour in the city between July 16 to September 9 compared to the same three-month period last year – a drop of 3.9 per cent.

The downturn follows the launch of a new project by Hampshire Constabulary and the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, which signposted young people to activities in the city and encouraged them to participate in community events.

Sergeant Andy Sparshott, who led the project for Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘It is really positive that the number of reports of anti-social behaviour is lower than last year.

‘This summer was not as busy with national events such as Jubilee celebrations and the Olympic Games – we were concerned that a void in activity would lead to more anti-social behaviour in the city.’

For the project, community wardens and Safer Neighbourhood teams distributed information about the website Pompey Youth Pulse to young people in the city.

Aimed at 14 to 19-year-olds, the site contains a calendar of events, activities and information on where to go for health advice and staying safe.

Community teams also sent letters to parents of young people stopped for involvement in anti-social behaviour, encouraging them to get involved in the activities found on the website.

Mick Sully, who runs the Buckland Youth Activity Centre, saw evidence of the scheme’s success.

‘We certainly had more young people through the doors and put on additional activities as a result,’ he said.

The figures were released as part of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ national week of action on anti-social behaviour.

The drive continued this weekend, with high visibility patrols during Halloween and firework celebrations.

Hoping to continue the project’s success, Sgt Sparshott said: ‘We are looking to make this approach ‘business as usual’ over the next year, working with our partners to promote local diversionary activities for young people.’