Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) refers to a person’s quality of life being affected by the actions of others living within their community.

Anti-social behaviour affects people in different ways but can impact many people within a single community. Some of the behaviours can include the following:

  • noise nuisance;
  • verbal abuse;
  • threatening behaviour
  • neighbour disputes;
  • criminal damage;
  • vandalism; and
  • intimidation and harassment.
Subway with graffiti covered walls

Anti-social behaviour isn’t always classed as crime because it comes in many different forms, but some instances can lead onto crimes.

Living with anti-social behaviour over a long period of time can be very challenging and can negatively affect your daily life.

How to report anti-social behaviour

It’s not easy knowing where to begin when you experience anti-social behaviour. It can be hard to know who to tell, but it’s important you let the right people know about what’s going on in your neighbourhood.

Depending on the circumstances, you can report anti-social behaviour to:

  • the local authority, which should have a department dedicated to dealing with anti-social behaviour;
  • your landlord, who has a duty to ensure tenants don’t behave in ways that break the tenancy agreement; and
  • the police, if you think a crime has been committed.

When you report anti-social behaviour, you might be asked for some evidence before the police can take action. This is why it’s important to keep a running diary of what you experience. If possible, record audio too – if the complaint relates to noise.

If you are affected by the above, it’s important to know that you are not on your own and we are here to help.