What is Anti-Social behaviour (ASB)?
Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, their community or their environment. This can be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or public nuisance.
Examples of anti-social behaviour include:
- Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
- Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- Street drinking
- Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
- Prostitution related activity
- Begging and vagrancy
- Fireworks misuse
- Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
You might think an incident is small or unimportant to start with, but antisocial behaviour can go on for a long time, and become very serious. Not all anti social behaviour is classed as crime but a lot is a crime or can become a crime.
The police, Local Authorities and other community safety partner agencies, such as Fire & Rescue and social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour and to help people who are suffering from it.
If you are experiencing problems with ASB, or have any concerns about ASB, or other community safety issues, you should contact your local council or call the non-emergency number, 101. In an emergency always call 999.
Support and advice on Anti-Social behaviour
You can find lots of information and advice on what to do if you are affected by Anti-Social behaviour on the dedicated ASB Help website