Parents urged to keep track of kids in campaign

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POLICE are calling on parents to keep track of their children this summer as the force cracks down on anti-social behaviour.

Reports to Hampshire Constabulary have dropped 6.14 per cent year-on-year for June and July.

But figures released by the force show there were still an average 234 incidents recorded daily in the last two months.

Reports of anti-social behaviour were down to a total of 14,325 in June and July compared to 15,262 incidents in the same period last year.

All-told there were 937 fewer incidents across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

Now parents are urged to ensure they keep an eye on their children to avoid them becoming involved in anti-social behaviour.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Although people of all ages become involved in anti-social behaviour, parents in particular are asked to keep an eye on their children during the school holidays to avoid them becoming involved in anti social behaviour.

Reports of rowdy and inconsiderate behaviour have fallen 12.91 per cent year-on-year – a reduction of 935 incidents.

Street drinking incidents fell by 188, a 44 per cent reduction, and noise nuisance fell by 14.3 per cent – 171 fewer incidents.

However vehicle nuisance is up 4.99 per cent – 72 incidents.

Inspector Mark Hull is leading the campaign. He said: ‘Tackling anti-social behaviour is a year-round priority for Hampshire Constabulary. However, during the summer we historically see a rise in anti-social behaviour offences, therefore we are placing additional focus on tackling anti-social behaviour issues during our summer anti-social behaviour campaign.

‘Our Safer Neighbourhoods teams across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have been conducting increased targeted patrols in hot spot areas as well as visits to schools and youth clubs ahead of the summer holidays.

‘We have been working closely with licensees to tackle underage drinking; and we have made use of our SpeedWatch schemes run by volunteers. We are also working particularly closely with Neighbourhood Watch schemes to improve the links between local residents and the police. ‘

Residents are urged to report any incidents of anti-social behaviour to 101.

Visit the anti-social behaviour section at hampshire.police.uk for more advice and information on what you can do if anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of life.

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