What is anti social behaviour?
Anti social behaviour is acting in a manner that causes alarm, harassment or distress to someone who is not part of your household. To be anti social, the behaviour must be persistent, ongoing, and preventable.
Please respect different lifestyle choices and recognise that there is a need to accept some behaviour even though you may disapprove of it.
Anti social behaviour includes:
- hate related incidents such as racist, homophobic and other discriminatory acts
- illegal drug taking or drug dealing and buying drugs on the street
- verbal abuse
- violence or threats of violence
- loud noise
- criminal damage
What you can do?
You may be able to resolve personal disputes and everyday nuisance problems by talking to your neighbour. Most people can be reasonable if approached in person. Your neighbour may not be aware that they are causing a problem.
When speaking to your neighbour, remember to:
- be calm and friendly and show you're happy to hear their point of view
- listen to what your neighbour says
- try not to interrupt the other person when they're talking
- stay in control and don't shout
- don't be abusive or aggressive
- politely remove yourself from the situation if you feel your neighbour is becoming unreasonable.
We treat all reports of Anti Social Behaviour seriously and we won’t take any action without your consent (except in cases where we think a child or vulnerable person is at risk of harm when we will alert the appropriate agencies).
We will investigate all reports using our First Response approach where we will agree an action plan with you on what can be done. If we are unable to assist we will tell you why at the First Response stage