The total number of antisocial behaviour incidents recorded in Medway has dropped dramatically, new figures show. Incidents recorded between April 2012 and March 2013 fell by nearly 1,900, when compared to the previous 12-month period.

Overall, there were 12,710 incidents between 2011/12 and 10,827 in 2012/13 across Medway. In fact, all but one area has experienced a reduction in anti-social crime, with some seeing a drop of more than 300 cases. Cllr Mike O’Brien, Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Safety and Customer Contact, said: “It is excellent to see levels of antisocial behaviour falling in Medway.

“The vast majority of Medway’s residents recognise it is a safe place the live and work and these reductions in antisocial behaviour incidents highlight this further”
Across Medway, Chatham Central saw the number of incidents decrease from 1,104 to 919 – a drop of 16.8 per cent. Gillingham South saw incidents go down from 1,232 to 1,047 (a 15 per cent drop) and Luton and Wayfield saw incidents decrease by more than 24 per cent – from 1,360 to 1,040.

Elsewhere, Watling saw a drop from 301 to 199 incidents – which at 33.9 per cent was the largest percentage drop in Medway. Rainham South had the second highest percentage decrease with 26.9 per cent fewer recorded antisocial behaviour incidents. This equates to a drop of 28 to 212. In fact, the only area to experience an increase was Twydall, which saw incidents rise by 0.2 per cent – from 443 to 444 recorded incidents.
The recording of those termed as miscellaneous anti-social behaviour incidents – such as those dealt with by the British Transport Police or the traffic division – rose from nine in 2011/12 to 15 in 2012/13.

Anti-social behaviour includes behaviour that is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to members of the public and includes noise and rowdy behaviour, vandalism, nuisance neighbours, fly tipping and other environmental crimes.