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 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