Air weapons, fireworks, alcohol and drug seizures, nuisance neighbours, fly-tipping and off-road vehicles – all in a day for South Yorkshire Police.
Yesterday the police force tweeted every incident of antisocial behaviour that was reported between 12 noon and 12 midnight, and the police response. In total 156 messages were sent.
South Yorkshire Police hope residents will get a better understanding of the number and variety of antisocial behaviour incidents the force deals with, and it will drive down reports on what is traditionally one of the busiest nights of the year.
– Chief Inspector Colin McFarlane, Force lead for antisocial behaviour
We understand the impact antisocial behaviour can have on how safe and secure people feel.
As a Force, we are committed to tackling antisocial behaviour all year round but I hope that today has highlighted the variety of issues we deal with and the amount of good work our officers do tackling issues that matter to communities.
Today’s operation has been a massive success, evident by the initial results. As many people will have seen by the message going out on our social media accounts, we have dealt with 200 antisocial behaviour incidents today which is 54 less than the same day last year."
On a typical Friday, South Yorkshire Police receive around 300 Calls about anti social behaviour, but around Mischief Night and Bonfire Night, that goes up by 15 to 20 per cent.
The force is launching a high profile campaign today to curb trouble-makers and nuisance behaviour.
There will be high-profile police patrols in Sheffield today ahead of Mischief Night. It's traditionally one of the force's busiest nights - and officers will be tweeting everything they observe to highlight the havoc that is caused.
Dog patrols, plain clothes bus patrols and a clampdown on the illegal sale of alcohol and fireworks will all be enforced.