Antisocial behaviour

 What is antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour is an aggressive and destructive activity that intimidates, threatens and causes distress. It damages the life quality of individuals, families and communities.

Examples of antisocial behaviour include: 

  • rowdy, noisy behaviour
  • 'yobbish' behaviour
  • dealing or buying drugs on the street
  • aggressive begging
  • street drinking
  • setting-off fireworks late at night
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • fly-tipping rubbish
  • street prostitution

Antisocial behaviour holds back the regeneration of disadvantaged areas - creating an environment that encourages more serious crime. By working closely with communities, local authorities and other key partners, we monitor antisocial activity and take co-ordinated action to stop it.

Antisocial behaviour can happen at any time - but it increases during the summer when the nights are longer. We also see a rise in antisocial behaviour during major events like Bonfire Night and Halloween.

The DirectGov website has resources that has more information on how the different strands of government tackle anti-social behaviour.

Not all cases of antisocial behaviour involve crime

Abandoned vehicles and unkempt gardens are antisocial, but they're not criminal offences. Your local council has a responsibility to resolve some incidents. We work with them – and other partner agencies – as part of our commitment to the Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP).

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