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Nearly 2,700 people have given their views on anti-social behaviour in Dorset as a major survey into the issue reaches its halfway point.

The survey, launched last month by Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill, seeks to find out more about residents’ experiences of anti social behaviour, how much of a problem they think it is and whether they believe it’s got worse or better in recent years.

Now, people who live in the county are being invited to contribute to the discussion by completing the survey themselves before it closes at the end of August.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: ‘We know that anti-social behaviour can have a devastating effect on people and on neighbourhoods, but it’s really important we get a much more detailed understanding of the problem in Dorset.

‘The information we get from this survey will be used to devise future strategies to help tackle the problem, so it’s essential as many people as possible complete it. Please have your say now!’

People from across the county have already given their views, answering questions about whether they have been adversely affected by the problem in the last 12 months, whether they reported the issue to Dorset Police, and which type of anti social behaviour is their greatest cause of concern.

The survey also looks into people’s understandings of which organisations they should contact when reporting different types of anti-social behaviour. Although the police take responsibility for certain kinds of anti-social behaviour, organisations such as local authorities and housing associations deal with other issues.

The survey closes on Friday August 28. Go here to complete it.

A guide to how to report different kinds of anti-social behaviour and which organisations are responsible in Dorset can be found here.

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