Fewer Asbos issued

POLICE and local authorities in Suffolk are handing out fewer Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) to tackle nuisance behaviour, new figures show.Home Office statistics shoe only 35 Asbos were issued in Suffolk during 2006 compared with 53 in 2005 - a drop of 33pc.

POLICE and local authorities in Suffolk are handing out fewer Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (Asbos) to tackle nuisance behaviour, new figures show.

Home Office statistics shoe only 35 Asbos were issued in Suffolk during 2006 compared with 53 in 2005 - a drop of 33pc.

The decline, which is mirrored nationally, has been put down to increased use of “early intervention” measures - such as Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) - to curb anti-social behaviour before it escalates.

Police say these early warnings are deterring people from committing further incidents.


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A Suffolk police spokesman said: “Anti-social behaviour can have a huge impact on people's quality of life and tackling this issue is a priority for the constabulary.

“Anti-social behaviour orders are one of a number of tools we use to tackle such behaviour. The decline in the number of Asbos issued demonstrates that early intervention procedures are proving to be successful.

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“Early warnings are given to offenders to discourage anti-social behaviour and acceptable behaviour contracts are issued. These are a voluntary agreement in which the offender agrees to bring to an end their anti-social behaviour. “

Suffolk has handed out a total of 203 Asbos since 1999, when they were first introduced.

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