Which wards have the highest rates of anti-social behaviour (ASB)?
Bedfordshire Police have broken down their statistics for incidents reported between Monday, April 1 and Saturday, August 31.
Sandy has come top in Chronicle Country with a total of 142 incidents in the five month period.
And the town is closely followed by Arlesey with 133 reports. Biggleswade South is next with 110, significantly higher than Biggleswade North’s 45.
Shefford had 92 incidents while Stotfold and Langford had 84. Potton comes in with 32, Northill with 27 and Silsoe and Shillington with 24.
Finally Houghton Conquest and Haynes come in bottom of the whole of Central Beds with 15 reports.
Top of the list was Houghton Hall in the south of the county with 361 incidents.
The figures are included in a Central Beds Council report that will be discussed by the sustainable communities overview and scrutiny committee on Tuesday (October 15).
The council aims to reduce levels of ASB by 10 per cent between 2011/2012 and 2016.
Of the 3,336 incidents reported across the whole of Central Beds, 1,268 were classified as rowdy or inconsiderate and 1,168 were for vehicle nuisance or abandoned vehicles. They were mostly one off complaints dealt with by the police and the council.
The remaining 900 incidents were a mixture of issues including 250 recorded as nuisance neighbour disputes. They were mostly addressed by the specialist ASB teams at the council and Bedfordshire Police.
The council report says: “It is recognised that there will be under reporting of ASB in any area.
“Some people feel that if reported ASB will not be dealt with or where they have reported it they do not feel that there has been a satisfactory response.
“In some cases people are reluctant to report incidents because they are concerned about possible reprisals.
“It must also be recognised that what is perceived as ASB by some people may not be defined as ASB by the agencies that pick up these issues. For example ball games on open spaces being reported as ASB.”
Less money is now being spent on tackling ASB, the report adds, but those most at risk of harm receive multi-agency support.
The council has introduced an online reporting system at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk