Anti social behaviour (ASB) can be a real issue for some communities. It is difficult to define and means many different things to many people.


The Anti social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act defines ASB as:

(a) Conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person;

(b) Conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person's occupation of residential premises; or,

(c) Conduct capable of causing housing related nuisance or annoyance to any person.

Recognising the impact of the behaviour on the victims and the community, as well as looking at the risk factors that cause such behaviour, is key to tackling the problems.

ASB can include:

  • rowdy/nuisance and inconsiderate (behaviour)
  • vehicle related nuisance
  • rowdy/nuisance neighbours
  • malicious communications
  • abandoned vehicles (not stolen)
  • noise
  • begging/vagrancy
  • hoax calls to emergency services
  • animal related problems
  • graffiti

Report anti social behaviour

Complete our short form to report anti social behaviour in the area

What you can to do stop anti-social behaviour

Have you spoken to the person causing you distress? Often this person may not realise the effect they are having on your enjoyment of your home or neighbourhood. The first step is to speak to them and explain how their behaviour is impacting on your life. If you are speaking to someone:

  • keep calm and do not raise your voice even if they do
  • define your problem and suggest workable solution
  • allow the other party to respond and put their point of view
  • agree a course of action and review its progress
  • do not make unfounded allegations
  • do not make threats or swear and do not retaliate

Please note: You should not speak to someone who you believe to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or mentally unstable. Do not approach a gang of people of any age call the police if their behaviour warrants it. If the problems persist report it to us.