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Anti-social behaviour

Keeping people safe.

Anti-social behaviour is any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person's quality of life.

Keeping you safe

This threatening behaviour causes alarm and distress for law-abiding citizens, and the Home Office is responsible for drafting laws to ensure that it is prevented and those who do it are punished.

We work closely with local crime and disorder reduction partnerships (CDRPs) - made up of police, local authorities and housing associations - to identify this kind of behaviour and stop it.

We track neighbourhood problems and perceptions of aggressive behaviour through the British Crime Survey, which asks people around the country about their encounters with graffiti, vandalism, litter, drunks, aggressive behaviour and drug dealing.

CDRPs keep records on anti-social behaviour in their areas, and let us know what tools (such as anti-social behaviour orders, or ASBOs) they've used to address it.

If you would like to see how your local area tackles anti-social behaviour, visit the antisocial behaviour action website (new window).

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