Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is defined as:

“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"

Graffiti, a common example of anti-social behaviour

Key Definitions:

Anti-social behaviour is defined as;

a) conduct that has caused, or likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person,
b) conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation or residential premises, or;
c) conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person’.


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 fireworks late at night.

What will we do?

If anti-social behaviour is affecting you or your family, you can expect us to;
• Listen to you and treat your problem seriously,
• Take action to address the problem,
• Report back to you about what we are doing.

Make a stand against anti-social behaviour.

What else can I do?
• Join your local neighbourhood watch scheme, tenants’ or residents’ association,
• Attend your local Neighbourhood Policing community meeting to raise your concerns with the Police,
• Discuss any issues with your local councillor who can act on your behalf to raise concerns with the council or other organisations,
• Contact your local council anti-social behaviour team,
• Become a volunteer in policing,
• Become a Special Constable.

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