ANTI-social behaviour is far too high, 3,661,498 incidents of anti social behaviour (ASB) were recorded in 2008/09. 1,500 Anti Social Behaviour Orders were given out between 2006-2007 of which half were breached.We have to look at other ways of dealing with ASB – by scrapping the plan for ID cards we can fund an extra 3,000 police, creating an immediate and visible deterrent. We believe that Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) and restorative justice are the way to tackle this problem. ABCs involve a contract between the offender and the local authority which specifies the behaviour they must adhere to. They have proven to be cheaper and more effective. We would use ABCs, parenting orders and other early intervention measures. We also recognise that we need to provide more activities to divert young people.
Liberal Democrats believe communities need to be given a bigger role in combating ASB and we would establish Neighbourhood Justice Panels to let victims confront people with the impact their behaviour has had. Local courts and police should have power to enforce warrants taken out by neighbourhoods against those behaving anti-socially.