Reporting anti-social behaviour
Are you or is someone you know a victim of anti-social behaviour? This page explains how you should go about tackling the problem and what will be done to deal with the behaviour.
Tell someone about your concerns
Speak to your local anti-social behaviour coordinator or Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) representative about what's happening in your area. They can both provide support and advice, and help you tackle the problem.
All complaints are treated as confidential under the Data Protection Act so you don't have to worry about your identity being revealed.
- find your local ASB coordinator (new window) - enter your postcode at the Together website
- find your local CDRP representative (new window) - click the relevant area of the map on the Crime Reduction website
- find out if you are in one of our It's Your Call areas (new window) – special ASB reporting lines are available in the It's Your Call areas.
If the anti-social behaviour is serious enough to make you fear for your safety or the safety of others, you should contact the police directly:
- find contact details for your local force (new window)
- report it online at the non-emergency crime notification website (new window)
To make a case against anyone accused of ASB there must be strong evidence.
Your local ASB coordinator may give you diary sheets so you can record the details of the behaviour as it happens, or the police may get involved depending on the circumstances and severity of the problem.
If you are a victim or witness of anti-social behaviour and are frightened to give evidence for fear of reprisals, you can give evidence but remain anonymous. This type of evidence is called hearsay.
A police officer or other professional witness, such as a council official, health worker, teacher or doctor can also give evidence in court on behalf of a vulnerable witness.
How the offending behaviour will be challenged
ASB can be challenged using a wide range of 'interventions'. Some of the most effective interventions are those that directly engage the individual and lead them to change their own behaviour.
The range of interventions include:
warning letters and interviews
contracts & agreements (eg Acceptable Behaviour Agreements/Contracts (ABCs/ABAs) and Parenting Contracts)
fixed penalty notices (FPNs) and penalty notices for disorder (PNDs)
parenting orders, Individual Support orders (ISOs), Noise Abatement Notices (NANs),
injunctions (ASBIs), dispersal powers and Anti-Social Behaviour Orders(ASBOs).
demoted tenancies, ‘crack house’ closure orders.
possession proceedings against a tenant
Taking a stand
Are you committed to tackling anti-social behaviour in your area?
Apply for the Taking a Stand Awards (new window) for the chance to get rewarded for your efforts.