More than 240 anti-social families have been evicted from their homes in the West Midlands.
But the number of anti-social behaviour orders issued by courts has fallen dramatically.
Officials said the cut in the number of Asbos was a result of courts using new powers.
Agencies such as local authorities in the West Midlands have issued 1,393 parenting contracts in which parents of tearaway children pledge to control their youngsters.
And courts have imposed 205 parenting orders. These are similar to a parenting contract, but can lead to a fine or prison sentence if parents do not comply with the courts instructions.
However, the number of Asbos issued fell to 189 in 2006, the most recent year for which figures are available, down from 307 the year before.
Home Office figures refer to the area covered by West Midlands Police, including Birmingham, Solihull, the Black Country and Coventry.
There have been 242 evictions in the area. Councils and housing associations have the power to evict tenants who have been involved in persistent anti-social behaviour, but only as a last resort.
Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary and MP for Redditch, yesterday announced plans to recruit officials from housing benefits officers to TV licence inspectors in the fight against anti-social behaviour.
She said the small core of troublemakers who cause the most problems would face checks for benefit and council tax fraud, television licence evasion and vehicle insurance dodging.
"People shouldn't have to put up with anti-social behaviour. We have put in place the teams, the powers and the know-how so that every community benefits from effective action that works," she said.
"The Government is firmly on the side of communities where people have had enough and there will be no escape for persistent offenders.
"If you can't behave properly it won't just be the police watching you, but local councils, housing benefit officers, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and the TV Licensing authority."
The speech, delivered to an audience of police and council officials in London, was titled "We're not having it", by the Home Office press office.
Ms Smith also set out plans for a review of safety on public transport, in which the Home Office and Department for Transport will work together to ask passengers what can be done to reduce anti-social behaviour on buses, trains and trams.
Transport Secretary Ruth Kelly said: "It is important to address people's concerns about anti-social behaviour on public transport and to take action to stamp it out.
"By engaging the public on their views and working with transport operators and staff, our aim is to better understand what works well in practice and identify where potential improvements can be made."
Birmingham City Council last night welcomed the announcement.
Alison Parsons, head of anti-social behaviour said: "Asbos and other court actions are used alongside interventions such as mediation and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts, Parenting Orders and Individual Support Orders, in an attempt to change the behaviour of a minority of individuals who are perpetrators of anti-social behaviour in the city."