Anti-social Behaviour

What is anti-social behaviour?

The term antisocial behaviour covers a wide range of selfish and unacceptable activity that can blight the quality of community life. Terms such as ‘nuisance', ‘disorder' and ‘harassment' are also used to describe some of this behaviour.

Examples include:

A legal definition of antisocial behaviour is found in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The Act describes antisocial behaviour as 'acting in an anti-social manner as a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the perpetrator'.

Why is it important?

Antisocial behaviour ruins lives. It doesn't just make life unpleasant; it prevents the renewal of disadvantaged areas and creates an environment where more serious crime can take hold.

Our performance

As part of our commitment we constantly monitor our performance so that we can better understand how well we are doing in relation to tackling antisocial behaviour.

Further details of antisocial behaviour levels both nationally and in your local area can be found on the Crime Mapper.

Our commitment

Antisocial behaviour is unacceptable and is one of our key priorities. These standards (see below) are our commitment to you and set out what you can expect from us, your local authority and other partner organisations who are jointly responsible for dealing with antisocial behaviour in your community.

What we will do:

We want to do our best for you but if we fail to meet our standards we will always explain why it has not been possible on that occasion to deliver the high standards to which we aspire and you deserve.

If you feel agencies have not taken effective action to resolve antisocial behaviour in your community and the matter cannot be resolved through their normal complaints procedure you can complain through the Community Safety Partnership.

For help and advice in relation to antisocial behaviour contact us or your local council:

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