It might not be the most serious crime, but anti-social behaviour on our streets is one of the things that prompts most calls to the police.
These figures, supplied by Police UK, are for February 2018 - the most recent period for which data is available.
They show that there were 266 reports of anti-social behaviour in and around Milton Keynes with the highest number in the MK Central/Campbell Park area, Bletchley and Newport Pagnell.
Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, their community, or their environment.
This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.
Examples of anti-social behaviour include:
• Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours.
• Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting.
• Street drinking.
• Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars.
• Prostitution related activity.
• Begging and vagrancy.
• Fireworks misuse.
• Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles.
The police, local authorities and other community safety partner agencies, such as fire and rescue and social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour and to help people who are suffering from it.
PC Dave Goodwin, anti-social behaviour officer for Milton Keynes, said: “Reports of Anti-Social Behaviour to Thames Valley Police are categorised into three areas, Community, Environmental and Personal. Community, makes up the bulk of the reports and covers behaviour such as noise nuisance, parking, disorder in the street etc. Figures suggest there has been a drop of 6% in the last year with regards to reported ASB in Milton Keynes.
“Thames Valley Police where possible adopt a partnership approach to tackling all forms of ASB. Often involving Environmental Health, Housing providers and support services to deal with a broad spectrum of issues and behaviours.
“Often multiple routes are taken to resolve issues. Working in parallel with support services, and using legislation under the Anti-social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, together with tenancy enforcement or low level non-court interventions.
“We are committed to working with our communities, and on Friday at 6.30pm we are holding an online forum for the public to ask questions about Anti-Social Behaviour. Please click on the link for more details http://tvpmk.coverpage.coveritlive.com.”
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, you should contact your local council or call the non-emergency number, 101.
Always call 999 in an emergency.