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 ( Crimestoppers cannot take information about noise complaints - only your local authority can deal with these. 
  • 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. 


What antisocial behaviour isn't

The following behaviours are not officially classed as antisocial:

  • Parking (including badly parked vehicles)
  • Children playing
  • Neighbours doing DIY (at reasonable times of the day) 
  • Groups of people in the street or in parks, unless they are being rowdy, abusive, causing damage or committing other crimes
  • Noise caused by everyday living
  • Religious or cultural practice
  • A one-off party
  • General living noise