What is antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour is a range of behaviours that can cause nuisance and annoyance or harm and distress to a person. It is a wide range of unacceptable activity and includes things like:- 

  • Noise – including loud music, banging, DIY at unsocial hours, loud parties, frequent visitors at unsocial hours (NB we at Crimestoppers cannot take information about noise complaints – only your local authority can deal with these. Find my local authority
  • Shouting, swearing and fighting
  • Intimidation through threats or actual violence
  • Harassment
  • Verbal abuse
  • Abusive behaviour aimed at causing distress or fear to certain people, for example, elderly or disabled people
  • Driving in an inconsiderate or careless way, for example, drivers congregating in an area for racing/car cruising
  • Dumping rubbish
  • Animal nuisance, including dog fouling, dogs barking
  • Vandalism, property damage and graffiti
  • Antisocial drinking
  • Arson

Antisocial behaviour can ruin people’s lives and devastate their communities.

There is a fine line between antisocial behaviour and neighbour disputes which can often begin over relatively minor inconveniences such as parking. However, if they persist, they can potentially become antisocial behaviour. 


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