ASBO statistics reveal that 71% of all orders issued to yobs aged 10-17 in Cheshire have been breached.
The figures, released by the Ministry of Justice from their introduction in July 2000 through to the latest figures available in December 2008, also confirm that the county is one of the worst in the country when it comes to how many times orders are breached.
Of the 315 anti-social behaviour orders issued, 158 were breached at least once – and once it is breached, figures show that it is breached six times.
There have been 951 separate breaches in total – equivalent to three breaches for each order issued.
Almost two thirds of Asbos nationally are issued by local authorities, with two thirds issued to offenders as part of criminal proceedings.
Currently, there are 48 Asbos and 33 Crasbos – orders that restrict problematic behaviour of convicted offenders in the area – in operation throughout West Cheshire.
Cllr Lynn Riley, Executive Member Community and Environment with Cheshire West and Chester council, said: “Used in the right circumstances there are occasions when an Asbo provides one element of a solution to managing the effects of anti-social behaviour.
“It is important that we use all opportunities available to us in managing the most persistent offenders, including taking necessary action against tenants in social housing, closing off problematic places and providing regular patrols.”
Superintendent John Betts of Cheshire Police said: “Anti-social behaviour can take a variety of forms and we are working hard with partners from the local authorities and other agencies to support our communities and bring perpetrators to justice.
“Anti -social behaviour orders are one tool available to agencies and are only pursued when other interventions have tried and failed. The fact that some are breached should be seen as indicative of the positive action taken by the police and partners to enforce their conditions and where necessary place offenders back before the courts.”
However, Chester MP Stephen Mosley said Asbos were “a toothless measure”.
He added: “I think that the figures speak for themselves.
“The Asbo was brought in to deal with persistent offenders whose actions might not otherwise have been punished, but in reality, instead of dealing with these individuals, we have merely identified who they are.
“They are not the preventative measure that was intended, neither are they rehabilitative, but merely a toothless measure for criminalising the individual.
“We do need a change of direction in dealing with anti-social behaviour. A keener focus on people, communities and local police forces working together to tackle unlawful behaviour is what is required.”