What is and 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.

It’s important to be aware that the people in your community may just be going about their everyday lives.

Think: Have you ever been noisy to celebrate a birthday or special occasion? Had a BBQ whilst a neighbour’s washing was out? Has your dog barked late at night because it was scared?

What isn’t anti social behaviour

These examples may be inconvenient, but aren't automatically anti social behaviour:

  • Children playing
  • Poor condition of property/garden
  • Car parking
  • Babies crying
  • People gossiping in the street
  • Disputes on social media
  • Dirty looks or rude gestures
  • General household living noise at reasonable times
  • DIY at reasonable times
  • Cooking odours
  • Smoking in own homes
  • One-off parties
  • Roaming dogs
  • Barking dogs (for short period of times)
  • Dog fouling
  • Cats in gardens
  • Life-style clash
  • Bonfires

If any of these become regular, make you worry about your safety, the safety of someone else or the safety of your community then it may be worth letting us know.

What can be anti social behaviour

Anti social behaviour comes in all sorts of ways, which could include:

  • Verbal abuse/harassment/threats
  • Hate related (harassment based on race, gender, disability status, religion, age or sexual orientation)
  • Vandalism/damage to property
  • Pets/animal nuisance
  • Nuisance from vehicles
  • Drugs/substance misuse/drug dealing
  • Alcohol related
  • Domestic violence/abuse
  • Physical violence
  • Litter/rubbish/fly tipping
  • Misuse of communal areas/public spaces/loitering
  • Prostitution/sexual acts/kerb crawling

Have you experienced, witnessed, or have concerns in your community about any of these behaviours?

Please let us know so we can help you to try and put a stop to it.