Saturday, 13 March 2010

The Lincolnshire Echo are reporting that repeat victims of anti-social behaviour are getting a better service from Lincolnshire Police, according to a senior officer.

Deputy Chief Constable Neil Rhodes says this was thanks to a combination of a new computer system, improved staff training and officers' local knowledge.

The computer system, introduced at the force's headquarters in Nettleham just over a month ago, flags up repeat victims of anti-social behaviour when they call in.

This means that swifter action can be taken in referring cases to the anti-social behaviour teams and local police officers and bobbies on the beat.

There were 30,793 incidents of anti-social behaviour recorded in Lincolnshire between April and December 2007, compared to 31,264 in the same period in 2009.

These included cases of hoax calls, nuisance neighbours, prostitution, fireworks, drunken behaviour, shouting and swearing and abandoned vehicles.

Lincolnshire Police won praise for the way it can identity victims of nuisance behaviour by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary – more than half of the forty-three forces in England and Wales cannot automatically identify repeat victims, leaving officers in ignorance of some of the most vulnerable people who need help.

The death of Mrs. Fiona Pilkington has shone the spotlight on shortcomings in how police and other authorities respond to cases where vulnerable people are constantly tormented by yobs.

She committed suicide and killed her severely disabled 18-year-old daughter Francecca after gangs kept them prisoners in their home in Barwell, near Hinckley in Leicestershire.

Mr. Rhodes said tackling anti-social behaviour was one of Lincolnshire Police's key priorities.

"It is crucial we take anti-social behaviour seriously and identify it really quickly when people contact us and strike while the iron is hot, working hard solve problems," he said.

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