Winchester ASB Summer Campaign Proves to have been a great success!

Winchester Community Safety Partnership (WCSP) Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) summer campaign, has now ended for 2011 and following a recent review of this years results, the partnership reports that the campaign was  deemed a success with some very positive outcomes. 

In comparison to the same period last year, the Winchester City campaign locations showed reductions in:

Criminal damage, which is down by 5.3% (17 fewer incidents)
Public Order, which is down by 4.3% (5 fewer incidents)
The number of Yellow cards issued for ASB, which reduced by 51.2%   (20 fewer incidents)

Some of the reductions can be attributed to the partners joint working arrangements which focussed on:

Working with local communities - this included: holding street brief events in hot spot locations and attending local community activities
Encouraging positive and appropriate reporting of ASB
Highlighting the Consequences of ASB - sending letters to secondary school pupils about the impact of ASB behaviour on other people and the possible consequences linked to that behaviour
Providing increased patrols and assurance in hot spot locations

The chairman for the summer campaign, Sgt Matthew Fancett, said: “This is good news and shows that we have built on the success seen during last year’s ASB campaign which also showed reductions in the number of recorded incidents.  We will continue to deal with this behaviour even though the summer campaign has ended using the range of powers available to us and other partners to deal with complaints of ASB”.

Cllr John Cooper, Winchester’s Deputy Leader & Portfolio Holder for Communities, Safety and Public Health commented, “We welcome the results of our ASB summer campaign. Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour remains a priority for WCSP and it is clear that the well planned and focussed operation, coordinated by Sgt Fancett, has been a success. I am sure the public will recognise that a campaign like this is community policing at it’s best and contributes to an enjoyable summer for residents and visitors to Winchester. The City Council will continue to work with all our partners to tackle the policing issues that matter most to people and we will start planning next year’s campaign shortly.”

For more information about the work of the partnership please visit the partnership website: