We know that anti-social behaviour (ASB) can ruin lives and devastate communities. It's important when you report anti-social behaviour to us that you detail the impact that it is having on your health and well-being. Reporting anti-social behaviour early can prevent it from escalating.
As it's exteremely subjective, it can be difficult to recognise what is and isn't ASB. What you may consider to be anti-social behaviour, another person may not. ASB is a range of behaviours that can cause nuisance and annoyance or harm and distress to a person in their home, neighbourhood or community. It is a wide range of unacceptable activities such as noise nuisance, household disputes, and harassment and intimidation.
If the anti-social behaviour is serious, criminal or causing a risk to a person report it to the police in the first instance
Your Neighbourhood Coach and Community Safety Officer are always here to help you and offer support and guidance
What is not ASB?
There is a fine line between anti-social behaviour and neighbour disputes which can often begin over relatively minor inconveniences, such as parking. However, if they persist, they can potentially become anti-social behaviour.
Examples of what anti-social behaviour is not:
- Parking (including badly parked vehicles)
- Children playing
- Neighbours doing DIY (at reasonable times of the day)
- Groups of young people in the street or in parks unless they are being rowdy
- Noise caused by everyday living
- Religious or cultural practice
- One-off parties
Keep a record
It is important to keep a record of the incidents and the behaviours as this will be of great help in investigating the behaviour and tackling it. It can also help you to get some perspective on how often it happens. If you decide to take formal action at some stage, it can help others see an established pattern of nuisance over time.
- Who is invovled - include witnesses
- What has happened - try and be factual and not use assumptions
- When - try and be precise with dates and times, recording frequency
- Why did this happen and is there history between you and the other person - was the person you are reporting acting out of character?
- Where did the incident happen - e.g. in the street, outside your property, in your property (this is important so we can establish if and which agency is best to deal with the issue)