Residents feel ASB not a problem now

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A survey has found that the majority of Bulwell residents feel safe at night and are happy with police measures to tackle anti-social behaviour.

The 2013 Respect survey showed 66 per cent of Bulwell residents felt safe, while 68 per cent were happy with police.

The survey, commissioned by the Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership, also found that only 7 per cent of respondents felt there was an anti-social behaviour problem in Bulwell.

Christine Busuttil, Temporary Inspector for Bulwell, said Nottinghamshire Police took anti-social behaviour (ASB) very seriously and tackled the problem using civil powers, such as eviction notices.

She added: “If problem families do not comply with us warnings then we use eviction notices.

“We are also still issuing ASB orders. This is a joint effort between ourselves and other agencies such as the City Council and City Council Homes.

“We also work closely with Community Protection to keep the streets tidy and presentable. It has been very much a team effort.”

Temp Insp Busuttil said increased visibility of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) had helped make people feel more confident in their neighbourhoods.

She added: “We have not really had a night-time economy in Bulwell for a while now, but schemes like our football season also help stop groups of youths hanging around on the streets.”

Commenting on the survey result, Nottingham North MP Graham Allen, said: “That seems like a very good, high number to me.

“The thing that has made a big difference is having a uniformed presence on the street.

“PCSOs and beat officers give a sense of security and the Crime and Drugs Partnership has been doing an increasingly good job, which is paying off.”

Peter Moyes, Director of the Crime and Drugs Partnership, said: “I am really pleased to see the results shown in this year’s survey.

“We know there is still work to do, but this shows that we are moving in a very positive direction.”