Anti-social behaviour falls on Townsend estate thanks to residents’ rallying

Bournemouth Echo: Cllr John Adams Cllr John Adams

ANTI-social behaviour has fallen on Bournemouth’s Townsend estate, thanks to initiatives to make it safer.

Dorset Police have joined forces with housing officers, community groups and Dorset Fire and Rescue to cut down on bad behaviour.

And their hard work has paid off with reported incidents falling from 311 in 2012 to 226 last year, a reduction of more than 27 per cent.

Residents have been given the chance to voice their concerns and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts have been used to monitor the behaviour of young people in the area.

A multi-agency action day was also held in November, organised by the Townsend Safer Neighbourhood Team and attended by several local agencies.

And teams from the agencies visited more than 800 properties to discuss the issues which directly affect the local community.

PC Jo Murphy, of Townsend Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “Townsend has, in the past, had a reputation for experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour.

“However, the joint work of the community and local agencies has meant that vast improvements have been made in recent years.

“The team were really enthusiastic and the residents were all willing to get involved and keen to make a difference in Townsend.”

PC Murphy said residents should continue to call police to report any incidents, either on 101 for non- emergencies or 999 for emergencies.

Cllr John Adams said: “We are delighted to see these figures.

“There is great co-operation with the various agencies and the crime figures are down which is very encouraging.”

He added: “When we go round we are very pleased to find fewer problems than we anticipated.”

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5:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

itsneverblackorwhite says...

Well done to all concerned hope it continues, it is never the area but a minority of residents that cause problems the same can be said for Turlin Moor and West Howe.
Well done to all concerned hope it continues, it is never the area but a minority of residents that cause problems the same can be said for Turlin Moor and West Howe. itsneverblackorwhite
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6:19pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Gastines3 says...

Hopefully the Council will now provide some encouragement to the residents, by sending a road sweeper and maintenance crew to tidy up Council owned land??
Hopefully the Council will now provide some encouragement to the residents, by sending a road sweeper and maintenance crew to tidy up Council owned land?? Gastines3
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6:59pm Mon 27 Jan 14

smhinto says...

One initiative that I suggested last week was to provide the Police with Napalm dispensers rather like the ones issued to U.S troops in Vietnam in the 1960/70's.
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These dysfunctional lunatics could be eradicated on the spot.
One initiative that I suggested last week was to provide the Police with Napalm dispensers rather like the ones issued to U.S troops in Vietnam in the 1960/70's. . These dysfunctional lunatics could be eradicated on the spot. smhinto
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7:33pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Townee says...

So the council and police are happy with 226 reports of anti social behaviour. They should be ashamed at this amount, it should be less than 50 to be any where near except able..
The authorities seem to except these high levels and try to tell us that they are doing well.
So the council and police are happy with 226 reports of anti social behaviour. They should be ashamed at this amount, it should be less than 50 to be any where near except able.. The authorities seem to except these high levels and try to tell us that they are doing well. Townee
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7:40pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

Townee wrote:
So the council and police are happy with 226 reports of anti social behaviour. They should be ashamed at this amount, it should be less than 50 to be any where near except able..
The authorities seem to except these high levels and try to tell us that they are doing well.
No comment from our overpaid PCC ?.
[quote][p][bold]Townee[/bold] wrote: So the council and police are happy with 226 reports of anti social behaviour. They should be ashamed at this amount, it should be less than 50 to be any where near except able.. The authorities seem to except these high levels and try to tell us that they are doing well.[/p][/quote]No comment from our overpaid PCC ?. pete woodley
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8:49pm Mon 27 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Pc Jo Murphy is part of a multi agency team that as bought about a reduction of nearly6 reported incidents a week down to 4.3.the remaining victims that are so bogged off they feel the need to complain while still having to pay for the crime fighting team..chances are they address the hooligan that are causing these people distress by their first name.drop the social workers and get in the people that are paid to KEEP THE PEACE
Pc Jo Murphy is part of a multi agency team that as bought about a reduction of nearly6 reported incidents a week down to 4.3.the remaining victims that are so bogged off they feel the need to complain while still having to pay for the crime fighting team..chances are they address the hooligan that are causing these people distress by their first name.drop the social workers and get in the people that are paid to KEEP THE PEACE kalebmoledirt
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6:37pm Sun 2 Feb 14

townsendresident says...

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cdccf townsendresident
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7:38pm Sun 2 Feb 14

townsendresident says...

Whilst ASB on Townsend may be falling in terms of stats (stats that only reflect what actually is being reported), it still remains an issue that blights the area and residents in reality and that the authorities are struggling to deal with effectively and swiftly despite what we read. 226 reports is still an unacceptably high figure and there is still much work to be done within the area.

I'd say that 90% of the issues within Townsend can be put down to less than 1% of the population, yet this minority of persistent offenders seem to elude definitive action...

The issues of fly-tipping, littering and general untidiness of council owned properties and areas within Townsend, including potholes on Jewell Road, also seem to have missed and continue to miss mention or attention....

It also seems timely that such an article is released in light of the reality that BBC have intentions to bulldoze through plans for mass development of the green areas within Townsend to make way for large swathes of social housing developments over the next year or two, something that they have been very coy about publicising so far and will no doubt have an impact on the progress that has been made thus far and 'stats'...
Whilst ASB on Townsend may be falling in terms of stats (stats that only reflect what actually is being reported), it still remains an issue that blights the area and residents in reality and that the authorities are struggling to deal with effectively and swiftly despite what we read. 226 reports is still an unacceptably high figure and there is still much work to be done within the area. I'd say that 90% of the issues within Townsend can be put down to less than 1% of the population, yet this minority of persistent offenders seem to elude definitive action... The issues of fly-tipping, littering and general untidiness of council owned properties and areas within Townsend, including potholes on Jewell Road, also seem to have missed and continue to miss mention or attention.... It also seems timely that such an article is released in light of the reality that BBC have intentions to bulldoze through plans for mass development of the green areas within Townsend to make way for large swathes of social housing developments over the next year or two, something that they have been very coy about publicising so far and will no doubt have an impact on the progress that has been made thus far and 'stats'... townsendresident
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