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.
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).
How can I report antisocial behaviour?
By playing an active role and reporting antisocial behaviour, you can help make your community a safer place.
- Call 101 if antisocial behaviour is affecting the quality of your life. If you feel threatened – or think that life is in danger due to antisocial behaviour – call 999.
- Attend your local monthly police community meeting
- Speak to your Police Community Support Officer
- Speak to your local council
How can GMP help?
Early intervention – including police visits and warning letters – can stop antisocial behaviour. Methods used include:
- one-off fines (fixed-penalty notices) and penalty notices for disorder
- parenting orders (e.g. getting parents to make sure the child attends school)
- individual support orders to tackle the underlying causes of antisocial behaviour
- noise abatement notices
- moving crowds away from problem areas (dispersal powers)
- drug-house closure orders
- premises closure orders
- possession proceedings
- arrest and jail sentences