Antisocial Behaviour

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

Reporting ASB

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.