Retailers will get more help to tackle anti-social behaviour from two new government initiatives.

The Home Office has set up a phone number for advice and action on offences such as vandalism, graffiti, littering, and drink and drug-related anti-social behaviour.

The Single Non-Emergency Number – 101 – aims to put callers in touch with local agencies and free up the 999 service to deal with emergencies.

Local authorities and police will work together to handle calls and deliver services.

Hampshire, Northumbria, Cardiff, Sheffield and Leicester City & Rutland will be covered initially, with a rollout across England and Wales in 2008.

Meanwhile, 80 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships around the UK will work with consultants sent by the Home Office and environmental charity ENCAMS in a scheme to combat vandalism.

The free scheme will help the partnerships identify the scale of vandalism in their area and draw up plans to tackle it.

Five guides to support the action plan have been launched. Retailers can access them at