Anti-social behaviour and reviews
Anti-social behaviour and safe streets
Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is defined by law as 'behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household'.
However, in some cases, activities may be classed as ASB if they cause nuisance and annoyance only.
Always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger or if a crime is in progress. For non-urgent crimes please contact the police by calling 101 or by reporting it online.
Anti-social behaviour may include the following:
- aggressive begging
- drug abuse
- harassment, intimidation and threatening behaviour both verbal and physical
- hate crime
- illegal or immoral use of a property
- neighbour nuisance
- youth ASB
- criminal damage (excluding graffiti)
Criminal offences should always be reported to the police.
If you live in social housing or council housing, contact your housing association or neighbourhood manager first. They can help with issues such as neighbour disputes, untidy gardens, boundary disagreements, noise nuisance and tenancy breaches.
Report noise complaints directly to our Environmental Health teams so they can investigate.
If you have concerns about a particular area, make sure you flag it through StreetSafe.
We use this information alongside other evidence gathered by the police to make decisions around community safety with our partners. This could include improved streetlighting, increased vigilance by community watch groups or additional patrols from neighbourhood policing teams.
Last updated 15 May 2023