There’s been a significant drop in the number of reported incidents of anti-social behaviour in Sutton borough in the first half of 2015 - thanks to the combined efforts of a number of the borough’s major partner agencies.
Figures for such reported incidents as alcohol-related disturbances, shouting, swearing, graffiti, litter and dog fouling are down by 28% in the seven months until the end of July this year compared with the same period last year. They’ve dropped from 2,206 to 1,588, and have fallen every month.
Much of this achievement is the result of the work of the Safer Sutton Partnership Service (SSPS), which runs the borough's community safety services including the Anti-Social Behaviour Unit. This special unit has been set up to tackle anti-social behaviour and is managed by the Met Police in Sutton and Liberal Democrat-led Sutton Council. It receives additional funding from Sutton Housing Partnership.
The Anti-Social Behaviour Unit deals with all calls promptly and investigates them robustly - whilst keeping victims informed of actions being taken.
The most serious cases are discussed at monthly problem-solving meetings, which are chaired by the SSPS, and attended by many partner organisations, including Police, London Fire Brigade, Sutton Council, Sutton Housing Partnership, registered social landlords, Sutton Youth Offending Team and Sutton's Street Pastors.
At these meetings organisations agree collectively on actions required to provide long-term solutions to problems to effectively 'design out' anti-social behaviour in the immediate area while taking action against individual wrong-doers through voluntary agreements or by arresting and bringing them before the Courts - or through eviction.
Sgt Graham Rice, who runs the unit, said: "If you tell us about any anti-social behaviour, we will look into it and take appropriate action."