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NCJ Number: 186247 Find in a Library
Title: Nuisance and Anti-Social Behaviour: A Report of a Survey of Local Authority Housing Departments
Author(s): F. Warburton; M. Liddle; J. Smith
Corporate Author: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
London, SW9 0PU
Publication Number: ISBN 0 85069 143 5
Sale Source: National Assoc for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO)
169 Clapham Road
United Kingdom
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A survey of local public housing authorities in Great Britain gathered information useful for further development of integrated strategies to prevent and respond to public nuisance and antisocial behavior in public housing.
Abstract: The questionnaire sought information on what approaches had been developed and the extent to which these were part of an overall policy and partnership structure. Completed responses came from 135 of the 420 housing authorities surveyed during February-April 1996. Results revealed that only 34 percent of the agencies had policies in place. Agencies appeared to be focusing their initial efforts on procedures leading to legal action. Approximately half of the authorities maintained records of nuisance problems, but no standard monitoring system existed. Most authorities indicated that nuisance problems predominate in areas of multiple types of deprivation. The agencies had to respond to complaints from 3-7 percent of tenants per year. Dealing with the consequences of antisocial behavior cost 15 percent of the housing authorities over 100,000 pounds per year. Most authorities were concerned about improving interagency cooperation to address antisocial behavior and supported the development of a toolbox of measures to allow firm action when necessary, preventive approaches such as mediation, and long-term approaches to strengthen local communities. Findings suggested the need for minimum standards and guidance for joint responsibility by local authorities and the police and the provision of such support and guidance within the context of the Crime and Disorder Bill. Tables and appended instrument
Main Term(s): Foreign crime prevention
Index Term(s): Crime control policies; Disorderly conduct; Foreign police; Great Britain/United Kingdom; Interagency cooperation; Nuisance abatement programs; Public housing; Public nuisance
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