What is anti-social behaviour

The term anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of selfish and unacceptable activity that can blight the quality of community life.

Examples include:

  • Joyriding
  • Prostitution
  • Vandalism
  • Dealing and buying drugs on the street
  • Dumping rubbish
  • Begging
  • Assault
  • Reckless driving of mini-motorbikes
  • Racial abuse
  • Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • Writing graffiti
  • Arson
  • Nuisance neighbours
  • The misuse of fireworks
  • Substance misuse
  • Criminal damage
  • Overly excessive noise
  • Carrying out a business from home
  • Kerb-crawling
  • Smoking or drinking alcohol while under age
  • Harassment of residents or passers-by
  • Verbal abuse
  • Throwing missiles

A legal definition of anti-social behaviour is found in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998. The Act describes anti-social behaviour as: “Acting in an anti-social manner as a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household.”

Anti-social behaviour ruins lives. It doesn’t just make life unpleasant - it creates an environment where more serious crime can take hold. Anti-social behaviour is a major issue in some of the UK’s more deprived or disadvantaged communities. 

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Last updated: 25 February 2014

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