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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.

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.

Watch a video on how people are working together to stop anti-social behaviour

Find out how police and local partners in West Cumbria are working together to tackle antisocial behaviour.

Watch more of our videos (new window) on the Home Office Youtube channel

Keeping you safe

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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