I’m really surprised by the news that the Home Office is planning to pull the funding on Hampshire’s 101 service from February.
This is one of those endless Home Office initiatives that actually seemed to be working!
101 is a 24-hour number provided by your police and local council to deal with community safety issues, including certain non-emergency crime, policing and anti-social behaviour.
101 is for:
- vandalism and graffiti;
- noise nuisance;
- threatening and abusive behaviour;
- abandoned vehicles;
- dumping and fly tipping;
- drunk and rowdy groups;
- drug related anti-social behaviour; and
- broken street lighting.
Locally we’ve been encouraging people to use the 101 service to report anti-social behaviour. I know from speaking to PCSOs and local police officers how helpful it can be. It’s not perfect – there have been some teething troubles – but it’s better and simpler than what we had before. We should be trying to improve it further, not cut it.