Anti-social behaviour

Types of anti-social behaviour

In England and Wales, the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 defines anti-social behaviour as:

(a) conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person; (b) conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person's occupation of residential premises; or (c) conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person.

It applies to people living or working in the local area, including people who own or rent their homes and our staff.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • Aggressive and threatening language and behaviour.
  • Violence against people and property.
  • Causing nuisance or harassment against another person or group of persons based on race, disability, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor.
  • Using or selling drugs or other illegal substance.
  • Loud noise, especially late at night.
  • Allowing pets to make too much noise, or to be a danger to others.
  • Vandalising property, including graffiti.
  • Dumping rubbish and litter.
  • Nuisance from vehicles, including anti-social parking and abandoned vehicles.
  • Domestic violence.
  • Being intolerant of other people's lifestyles.


See our ASB tookit for more information

Contact the Anti-Social Behaviour Team

Telephone: 01707 357 000