Councillor calls for tough line

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CHIEF Inspector Graeme Kinmond has defended Fife Constabulary’s track record on anti-social behaviour after a local councillor called for a zero tolerance policy.

At last week’s Levenmouth area committee meeting, Councillor Andrew Rodger called for tougher penalties and a change in attitude.

He said: “We need a zero tolerance policy when it comes to anti-social behaviour.

“Today, domestic violence is seen as totally unacceptable. Anti-social behaviour should be seen that way too.

“In some areas and streets, anti-social behaviour seems to be accepted as the norm.”

His comments follow figures which show 162 anti-social behaviour fixed penalty tickets were issued in the current period, an increase of 95 since the same time last year.

But Chief Inspector Kinmond said this increase resulted from the police taking a pro-active stance on anti-social behaviour, rather than a rise in the number of incidents.

He believes taking a tougher line on low-level crime has helped to reduce more serious crime.

Overall, there has been a reduction of 115 crimes and 25 fewer violent crimes from April 2011 to December 31 against the same time the previous year.