Antisocial behaviour

What is antisocial behaviour (ASB)?

Antisocial 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 Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014).

Examples of behaviour that could be defined as 'antisocial' are:

  • rowdy, nuisance or inconsiderate behaviour
  • vehicle nuisance or inappropriate use
  • littering 
  • drugs paraphernalia
  • trespassing
  • street drinking
  • noise pollution
  • aggressive begging or vagrancy
  • fireworks
  • drug and alcohol missuse
  • harassment
  • homophobic behaviour
  • threatening behaviour
  • vandalism
  • graffiti
  • abandoned, but not stolen, vehicles.

This is not an exhaustive list but shows some examples.

What is not antisocial behaviour?

Behaviour that annoys one person may not annoy someone else. With each individual case we will consider whether certain incidents are antisocial behaviour.

Examples of when we do not generally take action are:

  • the sound of children playing
  • the sound of a baby crying
  • minor personal disputes and differences
  • everyday living noises, such as flushing toilets and closing doors.
How to report antisocial behaviour to the correct authorities.
Information about what a community diary is, how to use one and how to download it.
Information about Partnership intervention panels (PIP) and their purpose.
Help and advice about frauds and scams.
A community trigger gives victims and communities the right to request a case review and bring agencies together to find a resolution.

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