A lack of facilities for young people and "youth nuisance" are viewed as the biggest problems by people living in the West Midlands.
The findings come from a far-reaching survey of 21,000 residents designed to gauge how safe individuals feel in their communities.
The Feel the Difference study, commissioned by West Midlands Police but carried out independently, aims to provide as accurate a picture as possible about perceptions towards crime and order.
Conducted each year since 2004 and based on 1,000 interviews in each of the force's 21 occupational command units, latest results show people generally feel safer and have growing confidence in the police.
However, nearly two-thirds polled believe getting more officers on the beat should be a police priority.
Asked to name what crime and anti-social behaviour problems exist in their neighbour-hood, "teenagers hanging around" was by far seen as the biggest issue with 42 per cent of respondents highlighting it.
Traffic offences was the next biggest problem cited by 26.8 per cent followed by rubbish lying around (21.7 per cent).
Burglaries were next with 16.9 per cent highlighting it, closely followed by people using or dealing drugs (15.2 per cent). Vandalism was seen as a problem by more than one in ten respondents. Just over five per cent highlighted mugging, slightly less pointed to nuisance neighbours while one per cent identified prostitution and kerb crawling.
The high proportion of people regarding youth nuisance as a problem was compounded by a perception that there was not enough things for them to do.
Just over a quarter (26.5 per cent) of respondents thought there was a lack of facilities for young people in their neighbourhood, representing the biggest perceived social problem.
It came above crime (25.8 per cent), followed by drug misuse (16.9 per cent), the unemployed (7.5 per cent), lack of local amenities (7.3 per cent), poor housing (4.1 per cent) and standard of public transport (2.4 per cent).
Standards of health services were perceived to be a problem by two per cent, slightly more than poverty and racial attack. Poor schools were seen as a issue by 1.4 per cent.
More than 92 per cent of respondents said they felt their local area was a place where people from different backgrounds and communities could live together harmoniously - up from 88 per cent and above the force's target of 90 per cent. And 95.4 per cent felt "safe or fairly safe" during the day outside in the areas they live - up from 92 per cent and above a target of 95 per cent. Asked if they believed police in the neighbourhood do a good job, nearly 80 per cent said yes, up from 65 per cent and compared to a target 75 per cent.
The survey also showed variations in perceptions across the force area. Sandwell had the highest proportion of harmonious neighbourhoods, followed by Wolverhampton, Coventry, Solihull, Birmingham, Walsall and Dudley.
Feelings of safety were highest in Solihull and lowest in Dudley. Confidence in the police was highest in Wolverhampton and lowest in Walsall. The survey also gives an insight into whether people believe crime rates are increasing or decreasing.
Just over 22 per cent asked thought crime rates were increasing in their neighbourhood - a decrease on when the survey first started in 2004 when it was over 31 per cent.
The majority of people believed it had stayed the same (64.3 per cent). Only 13.4 per cent thought it had got less.
More than 90 per cent of people believed they would be treated with respect by the police, though a fifth did not have faith that minor crimes would be dealt with effectively.