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Significantly, 13,000 reports (20%) came from London (Millie et al. 2005b: 37). Whether this is because ASB is more of an issue in London or because agencies in the capital were better at collating the information is not clear. However, it does hint at a particular urbanity to ASB (of which more is not later). 375bn Total Source: Home Office 2003b. Public perceptions about anti-social behaviour As ASB is such a subjective concept it is important to consider public perception of incidence. The first place to look is the British Crime Survey (BCS)4 which has for a number of years included questions on perceived levels of ASB or disorder.

It still makes a lot of sense. Similarly, consider how ASB might figure in the following observation by Erikson (1964: 11–12): Some men who drink too much are called alcoholics and others are not, some men who act oddly are committed to hospitals and others are not … the difference between those who earn a deviant label and those who go their own way in peace depends almost entirely on the way in which the community sifts out and codes the many details of behavior to which it is witness. Clearly, some people will be labelled as anti-social, while others behaving in the same way will not.

4). For instance, of those very dissatisfied with their local neighbourhood, 59 percent also thought litter and rubbish on the street was a serious problem, compared to 17 percent of those very satisfied. Similarly, 52 percent of those very dissatisfied with their local neighbourhood considered drug use and dealing to be a serious problem, compared to just 8 percent who were very satisfied with their local neighbourhood. 4 London Household Survey 2002: householder satisfaction with local neighbourhood and thought ASB issues were a ‘serious problem’ Issue a ‘serious problem’ Litter and rubbish in the streets ProbVandalPreslems ism ence of with and Graffiti drug dogs/ hoolidealers/ dog ganism users mess ProbTroublelems some with teenagers/ neighchildren bours Very dissatisfied 59 64 40 52 35 41 27 Dissatisfied 51 50 33 34 25 28 9 Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied 37 33 23 23 21 16 2 Satisfied 27 22 17 14 16 10 3 Very satisfied 17 13 11 8 11 4 1 No opinion 21 13 6 9 33 8 7 Note: See also Millie et al.

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