Anti-social behaviour causes harm to individuals and the community and must be stopped at the earliest opportunity, when the minimum harm has been caused.
Early interventions, eg, early warnings, visits and letters are very important in preventing an escalation of problems.
The goal of any intervention is to:
- first and most immediately protect victims, witnesses and the community
- enable the perpetrator to recognise the consequences of their behaviour
- make sure the perpatrator changes their behaviour
Measures that can be used by the police and other agencies include:
warning letters and interviews, contracts and agreements
fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder
parenting orders, Individual Support orders, Noise Abatement Notices, Injunctions, dispersal powers and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
‘crack house’ closure orders
possession proceedings against a tenant
Part of the government's Respect Action Plan to stamp out ant-social behaviour includes stronger measures to tackle anti-social behaviour. Find out more about the proposals by visiting the Respect website (new window).