Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

Anti-social behaviour can be defined as behaviour by an individual or group that:

  • results or is likely to result in another party feeling personally threatened
  • creates a public nuisance
  • has a detrimental impact upon the environment
  • has a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole.

How we deal with ASB will depend not only on the type of behaviour but also on frequency, severity and impact.

ASB is not personal offences such as family disputes and everyday living noise (children playing, doors opening/closing).

ASB incidents can include

  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour
  • Nuisance calls
  • Street drinking
  • Prostitution related activity
  • Littering / drugs paraphernalia

What you can do about ASB

If you report any incidents of ASB you should be aware that the officer will ask questions such as:

  • Day, date, time and place of the incident.
  • Who was involved including witnesses?
  • Are they local, do you know their identity?
  • What was said?
  • How did the incident make you feel?
  • Description of any injuries or damage.

You can find your local authority contacts on the Community Trigger page.

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