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The proportion of people worried about antisocial behaviour has fallen to the lowest on record, according to crime statistics published today.

Fifteen per cent of people in England and Wales interviewed for the Home Office’s latest quarterly British Crime Survey say they are concerned about high levels of anti-social behaviour, the lowest since the measure was introduced in the survey in 2001/02. This compares to last year’s figure of 17 per cent. Overall police recorded crime fell by 8 per cent, the figures show.

Of the seven indicators that make up the measure on public perceptions of antisocial behaviour, the Home Office said that five showed a “statistically significant decrease” since the previous year.

These were: problems with abandoned or burnt-out cars; people being drunk or rowdy in public; problems with teenagers hanging around; problems with rubbish lying around; problems with vandalism or graffiti.

The remaining two indicators – problems with drug use and problems with noisy neighbours – showed no statistically significant change.

Policing and crime minister David Hanson said: “Improving public confidence in the police and local councils is one of government’s top priorities. That is why we slashed all national targets for the police, except one on public confidence, freeing them up to deliver on the crime and anti-social behaviour issues that matter locally.”

The figures are available here.

David Hickey, Regen.net, 21 January 2010