23 October 2018   |  Last Updated 30-05-2015 06:56

      Adults as much to blame as young people for spike in anti-social behaviour in the summer say GMP

      Adults are as much to blame as young people for the spike in anti-social behaviour in the summer, according to the Greater Manchester Police.

      The comment comes as, over the last three years, the latest figures show reported crime in Greater Manchester has on average peaked in the summer.

      PC Natalie Dolan from Greater Manchester Police said: "There is a common misconception that it is just young people who commit antisocial behaviour, but in fact there are many adults who are abusive and thoughtless and this is unacceptable regardless of age.“

      In July last year, there were just over 30,000 reported crimes in Greater Manchester and just below 25,000 in December.

      The graph below shows the amount of crime over the months in the past three years.

      Graph based on www.police.uk records

      GMP also said that lighter nights in the summer, are the reason for the increase.

      She added: "The spike in July is accounted for by a peak in antisocial behaviour incidents, which tends to increase during this time of year because of the lighter nights and warmer weather combined with school holidays. 

      “Antisocial behaviour has a huge effect on people’s quality of life and covers a wide range of offences, from drug dealing and criminal damage to inconsiderate parking and playing loud music.   

      “We are committed to tackling this type of crime and would urge anybody suffering to contact the police or local authority so we can take action.” 

      The figures also show that the amount of reported crime in Greater Manchester has slightly increased each year.

      Graph based on www.police.uk records

      While there were 311,411 reports of crime in 2012, this increased to 319,591 in 2013 and further to 323,243 in 2014.

      By Joe Wilkinson