Anti social behaviour indicators obtained under FoI

Househunters used to have to rely on estate agents and the odd tip-off to assess how friendly their new neighbours would be.

But now, would-be homebuyers can order 'Asbo packs', giving prospective addresses a 'danger' rating, including data on how many local youths are under curfew.

Asbodata, a company set up by four criminal lawyers, supplies information on a range of antisocial behaviour "indicators", such as noise pollution, alcohol-related crime and gang violence.

Using the Freedom of Information Act, Asbodata obtains unpublished data from the police, councils and other public bodies.

It then breaks it down, giving each road a rating from zero, for no recorded anti-social behaviour, to ten, where there is a very high risk. Each pack costs £80 and takes about a month to produce.

'Asbo packs' tell househunters if a new area really is desirable (Daily Mail, 11 May 2008)