Better computers would help fight anti social yobs

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MORE could be done to tackle anti-social behaviour in the borough by the improvement of the computer systems used by police, claims a new report.

The main findings of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary showed that officers are better equipped than before to assess consistently the risk to victims of anti-social behaviour (ASB).

Compared to 2010, police are also better able to ensure that those who are identified as being most at risk of harm from ASB are able to get the support they need.

But there are still issues around the IT systems used by local police as they do not automatically flag up if a call is from someone previously categorised as a repeat or vulnerable victim.

Calls have been made for local police to improve how they prioritise incidents of ASB and subsequently responds to them.

Since 2010 the number of incidents reported to police in the borough has fallen from 13,127 to 12,264.

Agencies including the police, Wigan Council and businesses have all been working together to address the problem and the fall in the number of incidents is attributed, in part, to the joined up approach.

HM Inspector of Constabulary for the Northern Region, Roger Baker, said: “Anti-social behaviour is a blight that can wreck lives and communities.

“Our review shows that Greater Manchester Police (GMP) has made good progress in how it tackles the problem, and that victim satisfaction levels are broadly in line with national figures as a whole. “The force should be commended for this – especially as it comes against the backdrop of significant budget cuts across the Service.

“However, GMP should do more to ensure it consistently identifies ASB victims who need the most support as soon as they call for help.

“This progress is only the first step in delivering a much better service to victims.”