ABOUT 3,300 people have given their views on anti-social behaviour in Dorset as a major survey into the issue reaches its halfway point.
The survey, launched last month by Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, seeks to find out more about residents’ experiences of anti-social behaviour, how much of a problem they think it is and whether they believe it’s got worse or better in recent years.
Residents are being invited to contribute to the discussion by completing the survey at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/DorsetASBsurvey before it closes at the end of August.
Mr Underhill commented: “We know that anti social-behaviour can have a devastating effect on people and on neighbourhoods, but it’s really important we get a much more detailed understanding of the problem in Dorset.
“The information we get from this survey will be used to devise future strategies to help tackle the problem, so it’s essential as many people as possible complete it. Please have your say now!”
The survey was launched as increased reports of anti-social behaviour were made in towns such as Lyme Regis, with regular police patrols now being made on the seafront and in the public gardens, working alongside security guards employed by the town council.
Many people from across the county have already given their views, answering questions about whether they have been adversely affected by the problem in the last 12 months, whether they reported the issue to Dorset Police, and which type of anti-social behaviour is their greatest cause of concern.
The survey also looks into people’s understandings of which organisations they should contact when reporting different types of anti-social behaviour. Although the police take responsibility for certain kinds of anti social behaviour, organisations such as local authorities and housing associations deal with other issues.
A guide to how to report different kinds of anti-social behaviour and which organisations are responsible in Dorset can be found at www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/safety-in-your-community/asb/