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What is antisocial behavior?


Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or to their environment.

This could be an action by someone else that leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or nuisance.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours

  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting

  • Street drinking

  • Taking drugs

  • Environmental damage: littering, dumping rubbish & abandonment of cars

  • Prostitution related activity

  • Begging and vagrancy

  • Fireworks misuse

  • Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles

The police, local authorities and other community safety partner agencies, such as Fire & Rescue and social housing landlords, all have a responsibility to deal with anti-social behaviour & to help people who are suffering from it.


If you are experiencing problems with anti-social behaviour, or have any concerns about it, or other community safety issues, you should contact your local council.

Alternatively, you could call the police on 101 for non emergency's, or dial 999 in the event of an emergency.

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