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What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) 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’.

There are three main categories of anti-social behaviour:

  • Personal – when a person targets a specific individual or group.
  • Nuisance – when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community.
  • Environmental – when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings.

ASB includes the following:

  • Hate related incidents – when someone’s age, race, religion, sexual orientation, transgender identity, or disability are the focus of the action.
  • Threatening behaviour – abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or actions, which are used to cause fear, or to provoke violence.
  • Youth annoyance – rowdy behaviour, vandalism, street drinking or disorderly conduct in the community.
  • Drug related incidents – drug dealing, possession with intent to supply manufacturing drugs.
  • Noise – persistent noise at high volume taking place at unsociable hours, which interferes with your quality of life.
  • Verbal abuse – abusive behaviour such as name calling, swearing and shouting aimed at you.
  • Environmental issues -fly tipping, vehicle related nuisance, vandalism, or graffiti.


If you need to report ASB, please click here or visit our ASB page for more support.