Anti-social behaviour is acting in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household.
Some examples are:
- Nuisance neighbours (including noise issues)
- Rowdy behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
- Graffiti and fly-posting
- Dealing and buying drugs on the street
- Dumping rubbish
- Abandoning cars
- Anti-social drinking
- Misuse of fireworks
- Reckless driving including driving of mini-motorbikes
We work with the police, local housing associations and members of the Community Safety Partnership to co-ordinate complaints, responses and problem solving procedures related to anti-social behaviour.
If anti-social behaviour is affecting you, completing a diary sheet is helpful for us to establish what can be done from the Harborough Community Safety Partnership’s perspective or possibly through Environmental Health if a noise issue.
The 'Community Trigger' is a process which allows members of the community to ask the Community Safety Partnership to review their response to complaints of anti-social behaviour. Read our Community Trigger guidance (PDF, 9KB).
Report anti-social behaviour
If you need to report anti-social behaviour or a non-emergency crime in Harborough you can call Leicestershire Police on 101 to report:
- Drunk and rowdy behaviour
- Threatening or abusive behaviour
If you are experiencing ASB, or know someone who is worried about it, Harborough District Council and the Community Safety Partnership have designed a fridge magnet with contacts on to make reporting easier, these can be collected from the Symington Building, concierge or at the customer service desks.
Anti-social Behaviour in Housing Association properties
In cases of anti-social behaviour in social housing, the relevant Housing Association will investigate complaints and can take action that can result in injunctions, court proceedings and eviction.
Initial complaints should be made to your housing officer who will follow up the complaint.
Drinking in the street
Two areas in the district have Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO), which means the police have the power tell a person to stop and surrender their alcohol for disposal if they have been, are, or intend to drink alcohol in public places when it is associated with anti-social behaviour. These areas are Market Harborough and Lutterworth town centres. Failure to comply with the request could lead to arrest and a fine of up to £500.
A Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPO) can be used to reduce alcohol related violent crime and is not a blanket ban on drinking outdoors.
We can take action against anti-social street drinking by applying for a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO).
If anti-social behaviour continues there are a number of actions that may be taken including, in order:
- Verbal or written advice
- A warning letter is issued
- Acceptable Behaviour Contract - if the first 2 stages fail, a written contract will be proposed to those in question clarifying what is acceptable behaviour
- If needed a court application for an Injuction to Prevent Nuisance and Annoyance (IPNA) or a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) could be made to enforce minimum standards of behaviour within the community
Victims of anti social behaviour can have 10 main expectations from the Community Safety Partnership:
- Your report or complaint will be taken seriously
- You will be treated sympathetically and in confidence
- All reports and complaints will be assessed to determine the appropriate type of response and whether urgent or not
- You will be kept up to date on the progress of enquiries and actions taken
- Should you require support as either a victim or witness all available and suitable services will be provided
- Your complaint will be recorded and the information shared with the police or other services unless you request otherwise - any restrictions on sharing such information may prevent an effective solution being provided
- We will send out a consistent and clear message that anti social behaviour will not be tolerated
- You will be encouraged to take ownership of your neighbourhood through attending police surgeries and community forums - this will allow communities to identify local concerns and be part of the solution to problem solving anti social behaviour
- There will be weekly reviews of all current complaints of anti social behaviour with particular emphasis on repeat victims and any aspects of vulnerability.
- You have the right to complain at any time about any aspect of our failure to meet these standards by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org