Antisocial behaviour is defined as “behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the person”.
But what does this mean? Find out more about how we classify antisocial behaviour and the many activities that it covers.
There are three main categories for antisocial behaviour, depending on how many people are affected:
Personal antisocial behaviour is when a person targets a specific individual or group
Nuisance antisocial behaviour is when a person causes trouble, annoyance or suffering to a community
Environmental antisocial behaviour is when a person’s actions affect the wider environment, such as public spaces or buildings
Under these main headings antisocial behaviour falls into one of 13 different types:
This covers vehicles that appear to have been left by their owner, rather than stolen and abandoned. It includes scrap or ‘end of life’ vehicles and those damaged at the scene of a road traffic collision that have been abandoned and aren’t awaiting recovery.
This relates to vehicles being used in acts such as street cruising (driving up and down the street causing annoyance and bothering other road users), vehicle convoys and riding or driving on land other than a road. It also covers the misuse of go-peds, motorised skateboards and electric-propelled cycles, and the unlicensed dealing of vehicles where a person has 2 or more vehicles on the same road within 500 metres of each other.
This refers to general nuisance behaviour in a public place or a place to which the public have access, such as private clubs. It does not include domestic-related behaviour or public disorder which should be reported as crimes.
This covers any rowdy behaviour or general nuisance caused by neighbours, including boundary and parking disputes. It also covers noise nuisance from parties or playing loud music.
This includes fly posting and discarding litter, rubbish or drugs paraphernalia in any public place.
This covers any situation where animals are creating a nuisance or people’s behaviour associated with the use of animals is deemed as antisocial. It includes uncontrolled animals, stray dogs, barking, fouling and intimidation by an animal.
This is any situation in which people have entered land, water or premises without lawful authority or permission. It ranges from taking an unauthorised shortcut through a garden to setting up unauthorised campsites.
This covers any type of communication by phone that causes anxiety and annoyance, including silent calls and intrusive ‘cold calling’ from businesses. It does not cover indecent, threatening or offensive behaviour which should be reported as crimes.
This relates to unlicensed drinking in public spaces, where the behaviour of the persons involved is deemed as antisocial. It also covers unplanned and spontaneous parties which encroach on the street.
This relates to any activity involving prostitution such as loitering, displaying cards or promoting prostitution. It may also refer to activities in and around a brothel that impact on local residents. It does not include ‘kerb-crawling’ which should be reported as a crime.
This relates to all incidents of noise nuisance that do not involve neighbours (see ‘Nuisance neighbours’ above).
This covers anyone begging or asking for charitable donations in a public place, or encouraging a child to do so, without a licence. It also includes sleeping rough in the open air, shop doorways or communal areas. Unlicensed ticket sellers at or near public transport hubs may also fall into this category.
This will include the inappropriate use of fireworks, the unlawful sale or possession of fireworks and noise created by fireworks.
If you’re experiencing any of the above, we may be able to help. Please use our online reporting tool