Anti-social behaviour

Antisocial behaviour (ASB) is defined by the Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 as ‘behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person’.

Anti-social behaviour can cover a broad spectrum of issues and can impact many people within a single community. Some of the behaviours can include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Noise nuisance
  • Verbal abuse
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Criminal damage
  • Vandalism
  • Intimidation and harassment

Not all anti-social behaviour is classed as a crime, but some instances can lead or amount to crime.

Two people stood one side of a fence pulling an annoyed expression to another person over the other side of the fence.

How to report anti-social behaviour

It’s not easy knowing where to begin when you experience anti-social behaviour.

One of the first steps to consider with anti-social behaviour is to consider whether you want to report it. Authorities such as the police, council or housing association are only able to take action if they are aware of the behaviour. You may not want to report ASB for many reasons including fear of repercussions and therefore it is important to consider what your options are with regards to reporting. Who you report to will also depend on your circumstances and the ASB experienced.

Living with anti-social behaviour over a long period of time can be very challenging and can negatively affect your daily life. It is always helpful to keep a diary, log or audio of what you are experiencing; this can help to build a picture and provide evidence when reporting.

If you or your family are affected by anti-social behaviour, it is important to know that you are not on your own, we are here to help and support you regardless of whether you have reported or not.