What is anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour IS:

  • Behaviour that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person
  • Aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person's quality of life
  • A range of crime, nuisance and disorder which affects people's lives on a daily basis
  • Anti-social behaviour looks and feels different in every area and, to every victim. What is considered anti -social by one person can be acceptable to another.

Examples of anti-social behaviour (or ASB)

  • abandoned cars
  • rowdy, noisy behaviour in an otherwise quiet neighbourhood
  • nighttime noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11pm and 7am
  • threatening, drunken or intimidating behaviour 
  • vandalism, graffiti or fly posting
  • litter and fly-tipping 
  • aggressive begging
  • drinking in the street
  • setting off fireworks late at night
  • Persistent and noxious fumes from illegal substance use

Anti-social behaviour is NOT:

  • Children playing in the street or communal areas - unless they are causing damage to property
  • Young people gathering socially - unless they are rowdy, inconsiderate and being intimidating to individuals
  • Being unable to park outside your own home
  • DIY and off-road car repairs - unless these are taking place late at night or early in the morning

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