On top of big cuts to neighbourhood police, the Government now want to weaken police powers to fight anti-social behaviour.
Instead of protecting victims, the Home Secretary plans to water down ASBOs so that someone who keeps ignoring police warnings, court orders and injunctions to stop terrorising the local area will no longer be guilty of a crime.
The Government plans to introduce the Community Trigger, which gives people the right to demand that police deal with anti-social behaviour if an incident is reported by at least five people or any three complaints by the same person.
However victims who complain three times will only have the right to a review, and this is just the minimum requirement with the authorities able to wait much longer before taking further action if they choose to. The statistics from the Government’s own pilot scheme in Manchester, Brighton and Richmond show that of 44,011 antisocial behaviour incidents, the Trigger was only successfully activated 13 times.
They are also making it harder to use CCTV cameras by introducing more red tape at a cost of £14 million, money that could have been used to pay for 400 extra police officers.
Their plans don’t offer proper support for victims of repeated harassment and there are too many loopholes to let offenders off without proper punishment if police resources are tight.
They need to rethink these policies as we need stronger action against crime instead of their weak approach. People in the Rother Valley want to know that if they are a victim of crime, or if they are being regularly harassed by yobs on their street, that the police will have the power to act as quickly and efficiently as possible.