FACTFILE... on behaviour orders
BEHAVIOUR orders are just some of the powers available to police, local authorities and social landlords tackling antisocial behaviour.
The first step is a warning letter but if that fails an Acceptable Behaviour Contract can be sought.
These are voluntary codes of conduct which people sign. However, if they refuse, or breach the code, authorities usually pursue an anti-social behaviour order through the courts - using the ABC as evi- dence.
Peterborough City Council community safety team leader, Katie Softley, said ABCs are a good tool for combating antisocial behaviour for youngsters as it set “agreed boundaries” without instantly criminalising them.
She said: “It’s a case of discussing the needs of the victims but also balancing the needs of the person getting the ABC. We would sooner tackle the problem at a low level and give them a chance to change.”