What is anti-social behaviour (ASB)?
Anti-social behaviour covers an extensive range of unacceptable actions that affect the lives of many people on a daily basis. Other terms such as harassment, nuisance and disorder are also used to describe this type of behaviour. It can often leave victims feeling helpless, anxious and with a seriously reduced quality of life.
ASB is defined as "Behaviour by a person which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household". (As amended in the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).
Examples of behaviour that could be defined as 'anti-social' are (this is not an exhaustive list but some examples):
What is not anti-social behaviour?
Behaviour that annoys one person may not annoy someone else. With each individual case we will consider whether certain incidents are anti-social behaviour.
Examples of when we do not generally take action are: