Anti-Social Behaviour affects everyone...What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
A legal definition of anti-social behaviour is found in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.
'Acting in an anti-social manner is 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'.
Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is actions that may cause distress or harm to others that are not in the same household as you. Upsetting these people in any way is also part of ASB.This can include:
- Graffiti and vandalism
- Noise nuisance
- Damage to property
- Verbal Abuse
- Nuisance neighbours
- People dealing and buying drugs on the street
Anti-Social Behaviour can have an effect on the whole community .
For example, graffiti and damage to the local park means that young people may not be able to use the park. It is not nice for local residents living near the park to look at, and the council will have to cover the cost of repairs. It can also affect people on a more personal level, they may feel nervous about going out, visiting the local park or going to the shop because they feel intimidated.Consequences for you:
The age of criminal responsibility in England and Wales is 10. Therefore if you are 10 or over there is the chance that a police officer may speak to you about your behaviour and you could face consequences.