What is Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)?
A widely used definition of anti-social behaviour(ASB) is the definition contained in the Crime and Disorder Act (1998):
- Acting in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as (the defendant)
Some anti-social behaviour may be one off events and others can be persistent. The council is more likely to become involved in ongoing issues. One off incidents such as rowdy behaviour in the street or a party which gets out of control should be reported to the police when they are happening.
What may be considered anti-social behaviour to one person can be seen as acceptable behaviour to another. That is why it is important that someone suffering from anti-social behaviour makes contact themselves. We prefer to deal with complaints which come in directly rather than on behalf of someone else or anonymously. We need to find out what is causing you a nuisance and how it is affecting your day-to-day life.
Last updated Tuesday, 14th March 2017