Ah, now it all makes perfect sense. ASBOs quietly dropped as most young offenders ignore them Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, signalled yesterday that the Government was intent on intervening early to nip anti-social behaviour in the bud. The number of ASBOs had fallen because the Government was stepping in with a range of other remedies, such as acceptable behaviour contracts. âWe are not taking it easy on antisocial behaviour â we are getting in early. These early interventions have increased almost fourfold in the past year, putting a stop to problems before they get out of control and before antisocial behaviour orders are required,â Ms Smith said in a speech at Church House in Westminster. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/crime/article3897391.ece If vandalism and other "minor offences" are no longer to be counted as crimes, what better way to generate clear evidence Liarbor policies must be working?