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Mrs. Curtis-Thomas: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of anti-social behaviour orders in reducing anti-social behaviour in Crosby constituency. 
Mr. Alan Campbell: Antisocial behaviour orders are one of many powerful tools we created to tackle antisocial behaviour. Three independent reports including the Home Affairs Select Committee report (2005), the Audit Commission report (May 2006) and the NAO report (December 2006) confirmed that they work.
Sefton antisocial behaviour unit uses the full range of interventions that deal with both prevention and enforcement in that they engage, educate and promote awareness among young people; engage with residents and tackle antisocial behaviour in families throughout the borough of Sefton, which includes Crosby. It operates the policy advocated by Home Office Guidance that the appropriate intervention should be used in the right way at the right time and incrementally. This means that a low-level intervention such as a warning letter or antisocial behaviour contract would be used before an ASBO unless the behaviour is sufficiently serious to warrant it.
James Brokenshire: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department which police forces have expressed an interest in taking part in the pilots of the community safety participatory budgets referred to in the Policing Green Paper. 
The Home Office has been working with Communities and Local Government and the Participatory Budgeting Unit to establish a set of criteria for the community safety participatory budgeting pilots. A number of practitioners from police forces, police authorities and local authorities have been assisting this process.
The criteria are currently being finalised and the Home Office will shortly invite formal expressions of interest in running pilots.
Mr. Alan Campbell: Funding for community crime fighters is not being allocated directly to local authorities. Training, funded by the Home Office, will be offered to around 3,600 people who are already involved with local services, such as tenants and residents groups, neighbourhood watch members and those working with neighbourhood policing teams.
Mr. Alan Campbell: Training will be offered to around 3,600 people who are already involved with local services, such as tenants and residents groups, neighbourhood watch members and those working with neighbourhood policing teams. Local authorities will have an important role, working with the police and other partners, to help identify those who are suitable for the training and to work with them once they have received it.
Mr. Alan Campbell: The British Crime Survey (BCS) is the best guide to long term trends in vehicle theft, domestic burglary and violent crime in England and Wales. Prior to 2001-02 the survey ran periodically and estimates are available for only selected years.
These figures are published annually in the Home Office statistical bulletin Crime in England and Wales, a copy of which is available in the House of Commons Library. These estimates are also shown in Table 1.
|Table 1: BCS incidents of crime from 1981 to 2007-08|
|1981||1991||1995||1997||2001-02 ints||2002-03 ints||2004-05 ints||2005-06 ints||2006-07 ints||2007-08 ints|
|Number of incidents (thousand)|
|(1) Burglary with entry plus attempted burglary add up to total burglary. Burglary with loss plus burglary with no loss (including attempts) also add up to total burglary.|
(2) All BCS violence includes wounding, assault with minor injury, assault with no injury and robbery. Mugging includes robbery and snatch theft. For more information see the glossary.
(3) The 1991 estimates for domestic, acquaintance and stranger violence and mugging were calculated based on the estimate for all BCS violence. Estimates for these individual categories could not be calculated using their individual incidence rates because the data used for calculating these rates were not collected for that year.
For household crimes the 2007-08 numbers are derived by multiplying offence rates (incidence rates) by 23,607,316 households in England and Wales. For personal crimes the 2007-08 numbers are derived by multiplying incidence rates by 43,859,000 adults in England and Wales.
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