Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour is not fall­ing as quickly as else­where

Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang is amongst worst in the county

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Niki Ten­nant

Anti- so­cial be­hav­iour is drop­ping in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang at a slower rate than the rest of South La­nark­shire.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s an­ti­so­cial be­hav­iour strat­egy re­port, re­leased last week, re­veals that in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, in­stances of the four most com­mon anti-so­cial crimes dropped by 19 per cent in the last five years.

That’s com­pared to 40 per cent in Hamil­ton, 31 per cent in Cly­des­dale and 30 per cent in East Kil­bride.

Ac­cord­ing to the latest data, the most pro­lific anti-so­cial crimes in the area are public drink­ing, van­dal­ism, drug pos­ses­sion and com­mon as­sault.

Be­tween 2009/2010, 4605 in­stances of anti-so­cial crimes were recorded by po­lice in the re­gion – com­pared to 3709 in 2013/2014.

In Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang, anti- so­cial crimes per 1000 pop­u­la­tion ac­counted for 23.3 per cent in 2009/2010 – and in 2013/2014, that shot up to 27.5 per cent.

Anti-so­cial be­hav­iour in­ci­dents in the two towns re­ported to the coun­cil’s hous­ing and tech­ni­cal re­sources depart­ment ac­counted for 26.8 per cent – the sec­ond high­est in South La­nark­shire, be­hind Hamil­ton. The vast ma­jor­ity were re­lated to noise and loud mu­sic, nui­sance/ threat­en­ing be­hav­iour, dog is­sues and drugs-re­lated mat­ters.

In South La­nark­shire, res­i­dents’ big­gest gripe is an­i­mal nui­sance, with 31 per cent re­port­ing in­stances of dog bark­ing or foul­ing. Lit­ter­ing came next, fol­lowed by rowdy be­hav­iour and drunk­en­ness.

In­ci­dents re­ported to en­vi­ron­men­tal ser­vices in the lo­cal au­thor­ity area took a sig­nif­i­cant rise be­tween 2010 and 2014. Re­ports of dog foul­ing shot up by 174 per cent, com­plaints of noise rose by 28 per cent, and ob­jec­tions to lit­ter in­creased by 33 per cent.

Mar­garet Ferrier, MP for Ruther­glen and Hamil­ton West, com­mented: “One of the keys aims from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s 2010- 2014 An­ti­so­cial Be­hav­iour Strat­egy was ‘ to deal with prob­lems as early as pos­si­ble’; some­thing I’m see­ing more and more ev­i­dence of hav­ing not been im­ple­mented con­sis­tently.

“I’ll be seek­ing to work closely with South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and the po­lice to try and im­prove this sit­u­a­tion, and would en­cour­age con­stituents to re­port all in­stances of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour to the coun­cil’s ded­i­cated depart­ment.

“An op­por­tu­nity lies in front of us to im­prove upon these is­sues, and to make lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties safer and more pleas­ant places to live. Do­ing so will not be easy, and we must all work to­gether to achieve real progress.”

Ann Gee, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Hous­ing and Tech­ni­cal Re­sources, said “huge progress” had been made.

She added: “This third ASB strat­egy shows that, for the pe­riod for 2009/10 to 2013/14, South La­nark­shire saw the vol­ume of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour crimes re­ported to Po­lice Scot­land fall sig­nif­i­cantly by 32 per cent, a re­duc­tion of 6313 crimes re­ported. The per­cent­age of anti- so­cial be­hav­iour crimes re­ported per 1000 of the pop­u­la­tion has also fallen from 63 per cent to 42.9 per cent.

“We have a long-stand­ing and wellestab­lished ap­proach to en­gag­ing with lo­cal peo­ple through our Pos­i­tive Com­mu­ni­ties pro­gramme to en­sure they can in­flu­ence our work and are kept in­formed of progress.

“The new Strat­egy sets out the com­mit­ment from South La­nark­shire Coun­cil, Po­lice Scot­land, Scot­tish Fire and Res­cue and all other part­ners over the next two years to con­tinue to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and its un­der­ly­ing causes within all of our com­mu­ni­ties.”

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