Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is defined as:

Graffiti, a common example of anti-social behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour (Text 575)

“Acting in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator"

Key Definitions:

  • Harassment – to torment or subject someone to constant interference or intimidation
  • Alarm – anxious or frightened awareness of danger
  • Distress – extreme anxiety or suffering
  • Vulnerable Victim  – any person for whom the manner or frequency of anti-social behaviour has a significant adverse impact on their health, lifestyle, personal safety or quality of life
  • Repeat Victim – a person or location that has suffered more than one incident of anti-social behaviour in a rolling 12 month period.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • All kinds of harassment including verbal and physical abuse and threats, whatever the motivation.
  • Racial and other kinds of harassment motivated by someone's age, disability, faith or sexual orientation.
  • Drug misuse, alcohol-related nuisance and prostitution.
  • Street drinking and rowdy noisy behaviour.
  • Aggressive begging. 
  • Vandalism, graffiti and damage to property.
  • Setting off fire works late at night.

Anti-social behaviour is one of the key issues currently facing the police service and has been subject to considerable media coverage over recent months. It can affect whole communities, not just individuals, and if unchallenged can be the cause of dissatisfaction within neighbourhoods and damage public confidence.

Tackling anti-social behaviour is a policing priority for Cleveland Police and we are committed to reducing crime, reducing anti-social behaviour, and protecting neighbourhoods.

During 2011/12 we aim to:

  • Reduce the number of anti-social behaviour incidents by 5% compared to 2010/11

For information on how we are tackling anti-social behaviour in your area please visit the My Neighbourhood section of the website.

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