What is anti-social behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour is something that disturbs others, diminishes their quality of life and the peace and quiet of a neighbourhood.
Anti-social behaviour can mean different things to different people. For example, people living on a large housing estate may be more tolerant to young people playing football outside their property than elderly residents living in sheltered accommodation who may find this intimidating and distressing. Although this is distressing and may be a nuisance, it is not necessarily anti-social behaviour.
Tolerance to noise may also be different. A family with children may accept higher noise levels than a person living alone working night shifts, who may find the same noise levels unacceptable. Again, although this is distressing it is a nuisance, not anti-social behaviour.
Anti-social behaviour can manifest itself in a variety of ways but some of the common problems include:
- Disorder in a public place
- People dumping rubbish and abandoned cars
- Threatening behaviour
- Racial disputes
- Begging and antisocial drinking
- Noise nuisance
- Verbal harassment
- Juvenile nuisance
- Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- People dealing and buying drugs on the street
- The misuse of fireworks
- Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
- Dog fouling
- Excessive littering