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Public disorder, antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related crime: from the metropolis to the tourist resort R . I . M AW B Y

Introduction Public disorder is a key component of feelings of insecurity in postmodern societies. Just as crimes such as burglary threaten the security of private space, so public disorder threatens use of public space, allegedly imprisoning more vulnerable groups within their own homes, particularly after dark. Although there are subtle differences between public disorder, antisocial behaviour and alcohol-related crime, in the UK much of this public concern has been over drunken behaviour, allegedly encouraged by liberalized licensing regulations. In the light of this, the finding from the British Crime Survey (BCS) that 16 per cent of those surveyed perceived there to be a high level of antisocial behaviour in their area suggests that a significant minority of citizens are concerned about levels of disorder on the streets (Walker et al. 2009). Specifically:

• 30 per cent considered teenagers hanging around on the streets to be a problem;

• 28 per cent considered people using or dealing drugs a problem; • 26 per cent considered people being drunk or rowdy in public places a

problem; • 10 per cent considered noisy neighbours or loud parties a problem.