Survey seeking views on crime and vandalism

Residents in Hastings and St Leonards are being invited to take part in a county-wide public survey on how to crackdown on anti-social behaviour.

The call has come from Sussex police and crime commissioner (PCC) Katy Bourne.

Anti-social behaviour was one of the main priorities established by Sussex Police following consultation with the public.

Mrs Bourne said: “A recent poll on my website showed that anti-social behaviour is a big concern for local people, with littering, drug and alcohol misuse, and inconsiderate driving and parking topping the list of issues local people are experiencing most often.

“Community remedy, which forms part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act (2014), is designed to introduce simpler and more effective powers for tackling lower level crimes.

“It is also designed to provide victims, should they want it, a say in how an offender will make amends for the matter if the crime warrants an out-of-court settlement.

“From October this year victims of crime will be able to choose from a list of options and police officers will be responsible for ensuring the reparation is administered.

“This may include compensation for damage caused or repairing the damage themselves, such as removing graffiti.”

The detailed survey seeks views on remedying anti-social behaviour, covering such aspects such as acceptable behaviour and parental contracts, counselling, rehabilitation activities and how victims would feel about meeting offenders face to face.

It also covers specific areas of Sussex.

Mrs Bourne said residents’ views on this issue are important and she hopes people will take a few minutes to complete the survey.

“I am seeking your opinions on what these options should be in Sussex, to ensure they reflect the views of our local communities. The consultation will close at midnight on Tuesday, September 30.

“A survey can be completed online at, which gives a list of options to consider as well as space for further suggestions.

“Printed copies of the survey are being distributed at a number of events around the county and can also be requested from my office by calling 01273 481561 or in writing to: Office of the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner, Sackville House, Brooks Close, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2FZ.

“Thank you for taking the time to tell me what you think.”