May will introduce a consultation 'within a fortnight' about a revised 'toolkit of measures' - designed to be less prescriptive, costly and bureaucratic.
With the consultation will come a new government website, showing crime hotspots and allowing the public to monitor local crime levels.
May said the asbo system will partially remain, but officers will have more discretionary powers. For example, to force offenders to make amends on the spot, clean up graffiti or repair property. This will avoid the longer route of taking offenders to court.
The consultation paper will introduce five new measures to extend police powers:
- A "criminal behaviour order" that could see someone who is convicted of being drunk and disorderly banned from a town centre for two years.
- A civil "crime prevention injunction" which could be obtained within "hours rather than months".
- Court orders to close a property where there has been persistent disorder.
- Fines for people who have been a persistent nuisance and harmed the quality of life in an area.
- A "direction to leave" which will see any individual causing or likely to cause crime directed away from a particular place and "related items" confiscated.