This report is the first to map how anti-social behaviour is perceived at a local level across all parts of England and how these views are changing over time. Tailored analysis enables us to identify where perceptions are not as we might expect; in some areas perceptions of anti-social behaviour are better than we would predict, in others they are worse.
Well, anxieties and fears around anti-social behaviour have certainly not disappeared but at the same time there are indications that we are now less concerned than we were. Is it simply too complex an issue to fully comprehend, let alone resolve, or is it something that we don’t like to admit is actually getting better?
Whatever the answers, whilst it continues to top local issues of concern – and it does – how best to deal with anti-social behaviour remains a key battle ground for the main political parties.
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