What is antisocial behaviour, and how we respond.

What is antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour (ASB) covers a range of issues, any of which may disturb or cause a nuisance to an individual or a local community.

Examples include:

  • hate crime
  • domestic abuse
  • noise nuisance 
  • dumping rubbish
  • breaking shared security systems
  • ASB also includes harassment – when someone deliberately intimidates, frightens or is aggressive to another person.

How to record antisocial behaviour

Any evidence will help us to take action, so if possible:

  • take a photo of anything that could be used as evidence (but don’t put yourself at risk)
  • record the time and place of the incident — you can use our diary sheets (Word, 83kb)
  • provide details of what happened
  • collect names of any witnesses
  • if you've called the police, record reference numbers and the names of any police officers involved

Next steps

We will refer you, with your permission, to a Neighbourhood Manager or Community Safety Officer who will tell you about the options available and agree an action plan with you.

You can also speak to a tenant support worker for specialist advice services.

If you've been assaulted, threatened with violence, had your property damaged, or if another criminal act was involved, please also report this to the police.

How we tackle ASB

Our ASB factsheet (pdf, 120kb) outlines how we deal with ASB after it is reported, and what action we may take.

We can issue a formal warning, use an acceptable behaviour contract or in extreme cases take out an injunction or possession order.

Going to court as a witness?

We can also work with the council and police, either to stop the behaviour or ban perpetrators from an area.