What is Anti-social behaviour?
'Anti social behaviour' is a broad term used to describe day-to-day incidents of nuisance and disorder that affects people's lives.
This can cover everything from litter to aggressive dogs, vandalism to noisy neighbours and public drunkenness to noisy vehicles - but it generally falls into these categories:
Personal - behaviour that targets a particular individual or specific group or is aimed at having an impact on a particular individual or incident rather than a community at large.
Nuisance - individuals or incidents that cause trouble, annoyance, inconvenience, offence or suffering to people in the local community in general, rather than targeted at an individual.
Environmental - incidents and inconsiderate actions which impact on the surroundings including the natural, built and social environments
Such a wide range of unacceptable behaviour means that responsibility for dealing with it has to be shared between agencies. We have information sharing agreements and systems in place in order to work together.
This year The Anti Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 was introduced to streamline the existing tools and powers to deal with Anti Social Behaviour.
In addition to the existing tools available to us we will make full use of the new powers and these can include:
- Community Resolution - which gives victims a say in an out-of-court punishment for very low-level crime and anti social behaviour.
- Anti-Social Behaviour Order - a civil order to prevent anti social behaviour (ASBO).
- Criminal Behaviour Order - aimed at tackling serious and persistent offenders where their behaviour has brought them before a criminal court.
- Dispersals - will be used by police to remove any person committing or likely to commit anti social behaviour, crime or disorder to leave an area for up to 48 hours.
- Community Protection Notice - stops a person 16years and over, a business or organisation committing ant social behaviour, which spoils the community's quality of life.
- Public Spaces Protection Order - which will stop persons or groups committing anti social behaviour in a public space.
- Closure powers - allows us to quickly close premises, which are being used, or likely to be used to commit nuisance or disorder.
- Absolute Ground for Possession - possession of secure and assured tenancies, where anti social behaviour or criminality has already been proven by another court.
- The Community Trigger - allows the public to challenge public bodies to account for their response to anti social behaviour
What you can do
If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Feel free to use the diary sheet below to record your incident and then, please contact us. You may find the guidance leaflet useful or you could visit the Incident Diary page for more information.
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The documents in this section are in Adobe Acrobat format (pdf). You will need Acrobat Reader to view these files which can be downloaded from the Adobe website free of charge.