What is and isn't anti social behaviour

The Anti-Social Behaviour and Crime Act 2014 defines anti social behaviour as the following:

  • 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 of residential premises, or
  • Conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person.

What isn’t anti social behaviour

Your neighbours and other people in your community all live differently. Sometimes you may find their behaviour disruptive. This is not always anti social. These examples may be inconvenient, but aren't automatically anti social behaviour:

  • Children playing
  • Car parking
  • Babies crying
  • Disputes on social media
  • General household living noise at reasonable times
  • DIY at reasonable times
  • Cooking odours
  • Smoking in own homes
  • One-off parties
  • Barking dogs
  • Life-style clash

If any of these make you worry about your safety, the safety of someone else, or the safety of your community then contact us.

What is anti social behaviour

Anti social behaviour comes in many forms and can include:

  • Verbal abuse/harassment/threats
  • Hate related (harassment based on race, gender, disability status, religion, age or sexual orientation)
  • Vandalism/damage to property
  • Drugs/substance misuse/drug dealing
  • Alcohol related nuisance
  • Domestic violence/abuse
  • Physical violence
  • Misuse of communal areas
  • Persistent noise nuisance