Fear of anti-social behaviour by young people is outstripping reality, police believe.That's not 'police' as in boots on the ground, however. That's politically correct Chief Inspector Taylor. Who has no reason whatsoever to want to promote a rosy picture for his masters, I suppose..?
A Government plan to tackle the problem came in for criticism this week after three-quarters of people surveyed said they believed anti-social behaviour by youths had got worse or stayed the same since it was launched.Maybe reports have fallen because people are fed up with nothing being done?
Police in Brighton and Hove said actual reports of problems have fallen significantly in recent years and people believe the risk of crime is greater than it actually is.
Chief Inspector Laurence Taylor of Sussex Police said: “All the figures I receive suggest a downward tendency.The residents of Brighton don't believe you. But then, you don't need to listen to them, do you?
“We have not eliminated anti-social behaviour. There is always work to be done and I am confident that it is being reduced.
“What we need to do is get that message out so people recognise that.
“While the DCSF figures might suggest that there are still issues, and I’m not saying there aren’t problems, locally in Brighton I think perceptions have changed and we are tackling anti-social behaviour effectively.”
The comments, as always, are far more illuminating than the article...