What is ASB?
Anti-social behaviour is virtually any intimidating or threatening activity that scares you or damages your quality of life.
- rowdy, noisy behaviour
- 'yobbish' behaviour
- vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- dealing or buying drugs on the street
- fly-tipping rubbish
- aggressive begging
- street drinking
- setting off fireworks late at night
Anti-social behaviour doesn't just make life unpleasant. It holds back the regeneration of disadvantaged areas and creates an environment where more serious crime can take hold.
It has a negative effect on many people’s lives, and we are committed to tackling it.
What we’re doing about it
We’re committed to a range of tools designed to stop the behaviour:
Individual support orders
These court orders target 10-17 year olds, imposing rules designed to address the problems behind the bad behaviour, and stop that behaviour immediately.
Agreements and contracts
These are formal non-legal agreements, contracts and warnings. We're also ensuring that social tenancy agreements have rules forbidding anti-social activity.
Youth specific interventions
These include youth inclusion programmes that involve teenagers 13 - 16 years old who have already committed crimes, or who are believed to be at risk.
Police can use a variety of specific penalties and interventions to stop anti-social behaviour, and protect victims.