Antisocial behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment. This could 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 antisocial 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
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 antisocial behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, you should contact your local council or visit our report online page for more information. In an emergency, call 999.
It is important to keep records of when and what behaviour is happening. Don't be afraid to tell one of the partner agencies about it and to ask for support when you need it.
Please download and save a copy of our leaflet which you can use to record dates, times and incident details
Antisocial behaviour community trigger
A Community Trigger is a process which gives victims and communities the right to request a review of an ongoing antisocial behaviour or hate incident that you believe has not been adequately dealt with.
It is designed to ensure that the police, council and other relevant organisations work together to try and resolve any complaints about antisocial behaviour by talking about the problem, sharing information and using resources to try to reach an agreeable outcome.
When to report
A request to activate a Community Trigger can be made if, within the last six months:
- You (as an individual) have complained to the Council, Police or a Registered Housing Provider (social landlord) about three separate incidents of antisocial behaviour within your area, or
- Three individuals in your local community have complained separately to the Council, Police or Registered Housing Provider (social landlord) about the same incident of anti-social behaviour, or
- You have been a victim of a hate incident.
- You are dissatisfied with the response from agencies.
Please note that in order for a Community Trigger to be considered you must have made your initial complaint of antisocial behaviour within one calendar month of the incident occurring.
To use the community trigger please contact your local council.