The Universities’ Police Science Institute have analysed the largest ever sample survey of Anti-social Behaviour victims in Wales for a new report ‘Managing Anti-Social Behaviour in a Time of Austerity in Wales’. The study follows on from a UK wide review of ASB conducted for Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (link to report in notes to editor) and is based on a MORI survey of victims of ASB across the four forces in Wales during a one-month period in 2011.
The report is being launched today (19-May-14) at UPSI's conference on Evidence Based Policing in Wales with guest speakers Rt Hon Alun Michael PCC, Chief Constable Peter Vaughan of South Wales Police and Christopher Salmon PCC.
The report found that a high proportion of victims who contact the police are repeat callers and suffer some identifiable vulnerability.
A third of all victims in Wales experienced intimidation or repercussions as a direct result of reporting ASB to the police. Deprivation drives up the volume of ASB calls to the police and callers from highly deprived areas are more likely to be vulnerable victims.
The highest volume of calls to the police about ASB are from home owners but repeat and vulnerable victims are concentrated in Social housing in Wales.
Unless a co-ordinated approach is adopted to help protect and safeguard vulnerable victims, there is a real risk that they will not report ASB to the police in the future.
The Police have higher victim satisfaction than other agencies and should lead a multi-agency response partnering with social housing landlords and associations; sharing tools to define and assess ASB in a consistent way.
The report is available to read in full above or click here to download