Anti-social behaviour

Antisocial behaviour is defined 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' (Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 and Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011).

But what does this mean? Find out more about how we classify antisocial behaviour and the many activities that it covers.

  • What is anti-social behaviour?Antisocial behaviour is defined 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'.
  • Annoying phone calls, unwanted visits or social media contactUnsolicited phone calls and knocks at your door can be annoying, but persistent or malicious calls and visits can be unpleasant and even intimidating.
  • Disputes with neighboursWe don't always see eye-to-eye with our neighbours, but in most cases simply talking peacefully to one another is the best way to solve a problem.
  • Nuisance ands abandoned animalsIf an animal has been poorly treated it can be dangerous to the public or other animals.
  • Nuisance behaviour by groups of peopleNuisance behaviour by groups of people, such as drinking alcohol in the street or trespassing on private property may not always be a police matter.
  • FireworksEveryone should be able to enjoy fireworks safely, whether at an organised display or in their back garden
  • Vehicle nuisance involving cars, bikes and mopedsAnti-social use of a vehicle, such as street racing, street cruising or off-road use is more than a matter of noise pollution.
  • The Anti-Social Behaviour Case Review/ Community TriggerThe ASB Case Review (also known as the Community Trigger) allows victims of persistent ASB to request a formal review of their case, where the local threshold is met.
  • Nuisance parking and abandoned vehiclesHere you can learn more about what constitutes nuisance parking and what to do if it's affecting you.
  • Nuisance noiseNuisance noise is any loud or persistent noise that causes you ongoing concern or affects your quality of life.
  • Fly tippingFly tipping is a large amount of waste that has been left on land without the owner's permission, it may be dumped in the same area on more than one occasion.