What is Anti-social behaviour (ASB)?
Anti-social behaviour is defined by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 generally as ‘behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to members or any member of the public’ and covers a wide range of behaviour affecting you or members of your community.
Examples of ASB include:
- Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
- Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- Street drinking
- Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
- Prostitution related activity
- Begging and vagrancy
- Fireworks misuse
- Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
Anti-social behaviour should be reported to the police.
- Call 101, the Staffordshire Police 24-hour non-emergency number
- If you feel threatened, or if you or someone else is in danger, or if the anti-social behaviour is in progress, call 999.
Effective support for anti-social behaviour victims
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If you believe that the ASB is being directed at you because of your disability; race , ethnicity or nationality; religious belief; sexual orientation or transgender identity; age; or gender then it may be a hate crime.