Sunday 18 November 2018

Growing menace of anti-social crime

Clearly, there is a pattern of alcohol and drug abuse behind
most of the aggression which leads to the most distressing
cases of anti-social behaviour. Stock photo
Clearly, there is a pattern of alcohol and drug abuse behind most of the aggression which leads to the most distressing cases of anti-social behaviour. Stock photo
Editorial

Editorial

Anti-social behaviour may be a complex problem which is best tackled at multiple different levels, but that should not be an excuse to continue to tolerate an issue which is on the rise again and causing untold misery to many people throughout the country. The causes of anti-social behaviour, such as social disadvantage and lack of life opportunity, have long existed and are often paid lip service by politicians and policy makers. A thorough examination of those causes are again merited, and policies put in place to minimise the worst excesses of the problem over time.

However, on too many occasions in the past has such an approach been advocated for little, or nothing, to subsequently occur which would make better the lives of the many decent, law-abiding people at the receiving end of such abhorrent threats and intimidation. The evidence now is that the problem is threatening to spiral out of control. This must not be allowed to happen. People must know that the justice system is on their side when it comes to dealing with anti-social behaviour.

Anti-social behaviour is described as behaviour that is "destructive of or hostile to other members of society". Section 113 of The Criminal Justice Act 2006 is more specific in providing a legal definition for this jurisdiction: "A person behaves in an anti-social manner if the person causes or, in the circumstances, is likely to cause, to one or more persons who are not of the same household as the person - harassment, significant or persistent alarm, distress, fear or intimidation, or significant or persistent impairment of their use or enjoyment of their property."

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