Anti-social behaviour inspections

Part of: Policing on the beat

We carried out inspections, in 2010 and 2012, to examine how well police forces in England and Wales understand and respond to their local anti-social behaviour (ASB) problems.

2012 inspection

The 2012 inspection repeated the main elements of the 2010 review, so that we could track progress. Our report ‘A Step in the Right Direction: the policing of anti-social behaviour’ was the result of the largest ever surveys of victims of ASB (with 9,300 respondents). We listened to more than 4,400 calls about ASB, to learn more about the victim experience; and carried out an inspection of all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

We found that the Police Service’s approach to dealing with ASB has improved since 2010; but there is significant variation in victim satisfaction levels across England and Wales. More can be done to tackle the problem, and to identify those victims most at risk of harm.

2012 inspection findings

2010 inspection

In Spring 2010, we found that forces have the best chance of giving victims a good service if they do four principal things:

  • Brief all relevant officers and staff (including neighbourhood policing teams, officers who respond to emergencies and CID officers) regularly and thoroughly about local ASB issues;
  • Regularly gather and analyse data and information about ASB places, offenders and victims in their area, and use this information to allocate resources to tackle the problems;
  • Give their neighbourhood policing teams with the right tools and resources to tackle ASB, and then monitor the plans the teams put in place to resolve local ASB issues; and
  • Identify if a caller is a vulnerable or repeat victim as soon as they call the police so they can get extra support.

We committed at the time of the 2010 review to repeating the inspection in 2012, to check on progress.

2010 inspection findings

Reports

2012 inspection findings

The results of the 2012 ASB inspection are available to download below. There are links to a page for each police force where you can find their individual inspection report, Ipsos MORI survey report and press release.

Read our inspection report: ‘A step in the right direction, the policing of anti-social behaviour’, and the Ipsos MORI research report: ‘Policing anti-social behaviour – the public perspective: wave 2’

To see the research findings that contributed to our report please visit our data section

Avon and Somerset – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Bedfordshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Cambridgeshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Cheshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

City of London – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Cleveland – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Cumbria – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Derbyshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Devon and Cornwall – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Dorset – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Durham – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Dyfed-Powys – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Essex – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Gloucestershire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Greater Manchester – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Gwent – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Hampshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Hertfordshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Humberside – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Kent – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Lancashire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Leicestershire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Lincolnshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Merseyside – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Metropolitan – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Norfolk – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

North Wales – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

North Yorkshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Northamptonshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Northumbria – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Nottinghamshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

South Wales – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

South Yorkshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Staffordshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Suffolk – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Surrey – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Sussex – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Thames Valley – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Warwickshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

West Mercia – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

West Midlands – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

West Yorkshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

Wiltshire – Anti-social behaviour inspection 2012

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2010 inspection findings

The results of the 2010 ASB inspection are available below, together with links to the data and individual reports on each police force.

Overview of the findings of our ASB review – “Stop the rot” (PDF document)

Re-thinking the policing of anti-social behaviour (Cardiff University) (PDF document)

The results of the victim survey (Ipsos MORI) (PDF document)

The inspection findings (PDF document)

View regional press releases on The National Archives

Force reports

Avon and Somerset – Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Avon and Somerset – Anti-social behaviour Ipsos MORI research results (PDF document)

Bedfordshire – Anti-social behaviour Ipsos MORI research results (PDF document)

Bedfordshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Cambridgeshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Cambridgeshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Cheshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Cheshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

City of London Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Cleveland – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Cleveland Anti-social behavioiur inspection (PDF document)

Cumbria – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Cumbria Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

De Cymru, Adroddiad Arolwg Ymddygiad Gwrthgymdeithasol (PDF document)

Derbyshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Derbyshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Devon and Cornwall – Ipsos MORI Anti-social Behaviour research results (PDF document)

Devon and Cornwall Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Dorset – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Dorset Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Durham – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Durham Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Dyfed-Powys – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Dyfed-Powys Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Dyfed-Powys, Adroddiad Arolwg Ymddygiad Gwrthgymdeithasol (PDF document)

Essex – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Essex Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Gloucestershire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Gloucestershire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Gogledd Cymru, Adroddiad Arolwg Ymddygiad Gwrthgymdeithasol (PDF document)

Greater Manchester – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Greater Manchester Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Gwent – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behvaiour research results (PDF document)

Gwent Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Gwent, Adroddiad Arolwg Ymddygiad Gwrthgymdeithasol (PDF document)

Hampshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behvaiour research results (PDF document)

Hampshire ASB Inspection (PDF document)

Hertfordshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Hertfordshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Humberside – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Humberside Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Kent – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Kent Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Lancashire – Ipsos MORI anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Lancashire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Leicestershire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Leicestershire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Lincolnshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Lincolnshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Merseyside – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Merseyside Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Metropolitan Police Service – Ipsos MORI Anti-social Behaviour research results (PDF document)

Metropolitan Police Service Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Norfolk – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Norfolk Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

North Wales – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

North Wales Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

North Yorkshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

North Yorkshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Northamptonshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Northamptonshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Northumbria – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Northumbria Anti-social behvaiour inspection (PDF document)

Nottinghamshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Nottinghamshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

South Wales – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behvaiour research results (PDF document)

South Wales Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

South Yorkshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

South Yorkshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Staffordshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Staffordshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Suffolk – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Suffolk Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Surrey – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Surrey Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Sussex – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Sussex Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Thames Valley – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Thames Valley Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Warwickshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Warwickshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

West Mercia – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

West Mercia Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

West Midlands – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

West Midlands Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

West Yorkshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

West Yorkshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

Wiltshire – Ipsos MORI Anti-social behaviour research results (PDF document)

Wiltshire Anti-social behaviour inspection (PDF document)

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Please note: In July 2017 HMIC took on responsibility for fire & rescue service inspections and was renamed HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS). Inspections carried out before July 2017 may continue to refer to HMIC.