Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is a way of acting that causes harm or distress to someone else. We could be talking about a one-off incident or an ongoing problem. Anti-social behaviour ruins lives and communities, so we take every report very seriously.

The tricky thing is, anti-social behaviour is quite a broad term – many of us have different interpretations of what anti-social behaviour is.

Severe forms of anti-social behaviour need fast action, whilst other types of conduct might be inconsiderate or annoying, but we don’t class them as anti-social behaviour.

If someone’s behaviour is upsetting you, the first thing to do is to decide whether this is anti-social behaviour or if it’s classed as irritating behaviour.


What is classed as anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is generally things like:

  • Intimidation, verbal abuse or making threats
  • Hate crime or harassment
  • Persistent noise and rowdy behaviour
  • Vandalism, graffiti or criminal damage to property
  • Criminal behaviour
  • Arson
  • Anti-social drinking
  • Drug dealing



What is not classed as anti-social behaviour

As irritating or annoying as some of these things might be, we do not treat these as anti-social behaviour:

  • Babies crying
  • Cooking smells
  • DIY during reasonable hours
  • Off-peak activity due to overtime or night shifts
  • One-off parties – where a disturbance is unlikely to happen very often
  • Children playing
  • Gatherings of people on street corners or in parks (so long as they’re behaving)
  • Minor personal differences
  • Poor parking


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