The phrase Anti-Social Behaviour takes in a range of nuisances, disorder and crimes which affects people’s lives on a daily basis. It looks different and feels different in every area and to every victim. What is considered anti social by one person can be acceptable to another. The Home Office describes Anti-Social Behaviour as, ‘any aggressive, intimidating or destructive activity that damages or destroys another person’s quality of life’.


Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of incidents and is dealt with by a number of different agencies. If ASB is not dealt with appropriately and in a timely manner it can have a devastating impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities. It is widely recognised that single agencies cannot tackle ASB alone and must work in partnership to address the issues.  Issues that can be considered as ASB include:

  • Rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods

  • Night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11.00pm and 7.00am

  • Threatening, drunken or intimidating behaviour

  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting

  • Litter and fly-tipping rubbish

  • Aggressive begging

  • Drinking in the street

  • Setting off fireworks late at night

  • Abandoning cars

What is not Anti-Social Behaviour?


ASB can be difficult to define, and although annoying, there are some types of behaviour that are not classed as anti-social:

  • Children playing in the street or communal areas - unless they are causing damage to property

  • Young people gathering socially - unless they are rowdy, inconsiderate and being intimidating to individuals

  • Being unable to park outside your own home

  • DIY and off road car repairs- unless these are taking place late at night or early in the morning