Community Safety Prevention

What is ASB?

This week is ASB Awareness Week (learn more here). Throughout the week we’re sharing some notes or thoughts about ASB. Please share it with your membership or your friends, neighbours, relatives. The more we talk about ASB, the more we can all play a part in tackling it. 

Today – a little bit more about reporting ASB incidents.

According to the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 and Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, anti-social 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.’ This includes a range of nuisance and criminal behaviours that cause distress to others. Whether someone’s actions can be classified as anti-social behaviour relies heavily on the impact it has on other people. More frequent or persistent behaviour is more likely to be considered as anti-social.

There are various factors that landlords, the police, and local authorities will consider when deciding the best way to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour. Reports are looked at through consideration of the victim and the impact on the wider community.

Examples of ASB:

• Noisy and/or abusive behaviour

• Vandalism

• Graffiti

• Intimidation

• Public drunkenness

• Littering

• Fly tipping

• Illegal drug use

Read more about ASB on the ASBHelp website here.