Anti Social Behaviour

What can be done?

Dealing with anti-social behaviour can be daunting, but if you decide to talk to those responsible, there are a few steps that it may help you to consider:

  • are the people responsible aware they are causing a nuisance?
  • stay as calm as possible, and be polite
  • explain yourself as thoroughly as you can allow them to reply, and be empathetic where you can
  • if things turn into abusive language etc, or if the situation becomes strained, walk away, and use one of the other channels available.

A multi-agency response to deal with and resolve anti-social behaviour both empowers and engages the community, which plays a vital role in resolving problems. Keeping you informed is the key to community confidence.

Every case of anti-social behaviour varies; co-ordinated partnership response is by far the most successful approach across the board.
Should the case persist to such an extent, the response is tiered along the following lines:

Stage 1

Advice - In the form of a verbal warning.

Stage 2

Warning - In the form of a warning letter to make the warning more formal.

Stage 3

Acceptable Behaviour Contract - if the first 2 stages fail, a written contract to those in question clarifying what is acceptable in behaviour.

Stage 4

Intervention (ASBO/ ASBI) - if all other avenues prove unsuccessful, a multi-agency approach for a court application for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order or Anti-Social Behaviour Injunction could be made to enforce minimum standards of behaviour within the community.

For more information, including the full range of tools and powers available to police and councils, visit Directgov

Download our How To Deal With Anti-Social Behaviour leaflet