There are two main definitions of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), the first is contained with the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 and provides the following meaning:
- conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person
- conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation or residential premises or
- conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person
The second definition is used by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO); Behaviour by an individual or group that results in:
- another party feeling personally threatened
- creates a public nuisance or
- has a detrimental impact upon the environment or has a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole.
Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 reforms the anti-social behaviour powers available to Police, Councils and social landlords.
The following examples of behaviours are included in this definition of ASB:
- Nuisance behaviour– general rowdy behaviour and nuisance, prostitution, aggressive begging, street drinking, animal nuisance, motorbikes/vehicles being used in an anti-social manner
- Noise nuisance – loud music, playing ball games near to people’s houses.
- Intimidation or harassment – Malicious phone calls, offensive material through letter boxes.
- Environmental quality issues – Litter, dog fouling, fly tipping, abandoned vehicles, dumped rubbish.
- Aggressive and threatening language and behaviour – Verbal and physical abuse including threatening and offensive gestures.
- Violence against people and property – ASB-based vandalism, violence, arson, criminal damage.
- Hate behaviour – ASB based on targeting individuals because of their perceived differences. This includes race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.
Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that make many people’s lives a misery – from litter and vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours.
Warwickshire agencies are committed to tackling this problem through partnership working.
Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour
ASB should be reported to the Police on 101. It can also be reported to your local District or Borough Council. Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/antisocial for details.
In an emergency please dial 999.
If you are bothered by off-road motorcycles, quad bikes or go-peds then please click here for information on reporting.
The Community Remedy gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. This can also be named ‘community resolution’ giving the victim an option as the consequences faced by the perpetrator, the Officer dealing with the complaint must ensure that the action detailed by the victim is appropriate and proportionate to the offence committed.
More information about how the Community Remedy operates in Warwickshire is available here.
The Community Trigger is a new power available under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.
It gives victims and communities a greater say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with by giving them the ability to request a review of their case if they feel that insufficient action has been taken to resolve the matter.
More information on how the Community Trigger operates in Warwickshire is available here.
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