Private Rented Sector VS Crime.
Plans to tackle anti-social behaviour will be announced by Home Secretary Theresa May today; putting an end to ASBO’S, in an attempt to “make things much more flexible, much easier and much quicker.”
Under proposals being put forward in a white paper today and due to be trialled in Manchester, Brighton & Hove and West Lindsey, Lincolnshire, a new ‘community trigger’ will also force the police to investigate anti-social behaviour if it is reported by at least five people in the same neighbourhood or the same person three times. The new ‘community protection notice’ will also aim to stop irresponsible home-owners or tenants from turning their front garden into a ‘dumping ground’ by imposing fines for those that do so.
Although, the ASBO replacements are already under fire as campaigners say that the new measures represent a repeat of old failings and risk creating a back-door to custody for people who have not committed a criminal offence.
The latest crime statistics for England & Wales which cover up to the end of 2011, published for the first time by the Office for National Statistics, reveal:
- Muggings and street robberies increased by 8% last year
- Total recorded crime fell from 4,159,553 to 4,043,339 – a fall of 3%
- Violence against the person decreased by 7%
- Domestic burglaries dropped 3%
- Car thefts increased by 2
Murder statistics reveal:
- Of the 636 murders in 2010/11, the biggest single number used a sharp instrument, such as a knife, for the murder weapon.
- The vast majority of child murder victims were killed by a parent – 36 out of 56. In total, 43 of those victims knew their murderer.
- The same goes with total murders – 64% were known to their victim, 33% were friends.
- 60% of murders are caused by a quarrel and loss of temper.
- Only 3% of murders were as a result of theft or robbery.
(It is important to remember that the riots of 2011 were not factored into 2011 crime statistics; whereby official police figures linked about 5,000 offences to the riots, including 184 incidents of violent disorder, but do not actually class any of them as ‘rioting’.)
However, a retiring chief of Dyfed-Powys Police has warned that much anti-social behaviour comes from people with health and social problems rather than criminals and also warned of a growing “austerity crime wave”.
Statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act show that 89,702 non-emergency calls were received in 2011 by the four Welsh police forces; representing a fall of nearly 18% compared to 2010. Figures also show that Welsh forces received an average of 245 calls a day in 2011 regarding anti-social behaviour; but the Welsh chief of police said that the figures did not reveal the true extent of the complexity of dealing with the problem.
He also warned that the plan to cut police budgets to all forces by 20%, across Wales and England, could bring with it unintended consequences; namely an increase in anti-social behaviour and burglaries.
With regards to the newly proposed ‘criminal behaviour orders’ Mr Arundale believed the approach was too simplistic ; “My view is that if the government truly wants to do something around anti-social behaviour and nuisance, then it needs to make it a core theme, objective and requirement for all agencies who’ve got a responsibility for social education and developing good citizens, and not just the police.
“I think it’s a cop-out to expect that the police can and will resolve those issues and that will be putting an unrealistic burden upon the police and will raise public expectations which can’t be delivered.”
The Welsh government have also aired their concerns about the impact UK government cuts on policing would have on the ability of Welsh police forces to tackle low level crime and anti-social behaviour. Click for full BBC article.
Landlord Referencing Services has seen a definite increase in rent defaults & property damages; Tenant Alert Running Total 2012. And despite an overall fall in crime over the past year; muggings and street robberies are up right across England and Wales.
As the private rented sector continues to grow, due to the UK’s social housing crisis, poorly thought out legislation and austerity measures; landlords are fast becoming the first defence to stopping these bad tenants from entering our communities in the first place.
The question is: How can a landlord find out what a person is really like, before tenure?
The answer is: by joining the largest Lifestyle Referencing network in the UK.
Landlord Referencing Services are firm believers that dealing with anti-social behaviour stops the onset of criminal careers and have to agree with Mr Arundale that these proposals just seem too simplistic. Statistics tell us that 55% of ASBO’S given out between 2000 and 2008 were breached but then they have also protected so many people and turned a lot of peoples lives around too.
The latest murder statistics, coupled with our own daily interactions with landlords and lettings agents, are also a stark reminder that the majority of crime is committed by people that we already know and/or people who know the area.
People join Neighbourhood Watch to make the areas where they live safe, friendly and pleasant places to be but Landlord Referencing is fast becoming the first port of call for landlords and tenants to deter habitually bad tenants from being introduced into their areas in the first place.
With the police detection rate remaining at 28% for 2010/11, meaning that under a third of all UK crimes are solved, landlords and tenants alike are welcoming any free form of legal defence that protects their families and communities from being destroyed by anti-social behaviour, drug related crimes and burglaries.
At landlordreferencing.co.uk landlords and letting agents networking together as a community are fast become the gate keepers to these communities; sending a clear message to tenants who think that they can simply do as they wish (withholding rent, destroying peoples property and upsetting the lives of innocent people) will not be tolerated any more.
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