Reporting anti-social behaviour
Have you been harassed or victimised? Find out how you could tackle the problem and what we will do to help.
If you are harassed or victimised, if anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of life, or making you fear for your safety or the safety of others, contact your local anti-social behaviour team, neighbourhood policing team or local police station directly and file a complaint. If it's an emergency, or you witness a serious crime, call 999 immediately.
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 neighbourhood police team (new window)
- find your anti-social behaviour team (new window)
To make a case against anyone accused of anti-social behaviour you'll need fairly strong evidence.
Your local police coordinator may give you diary sheets so you can record the details of the behaviour as it happens, or the police may get more 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
Neighbourhood thugs can be controlled by police using a wide range of methods. 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
acceptable behaviour agreements and parenting contracts
fixed penalty notices
parenting orders, individual support orders, noise abatement notices
injunctions, dispersal powers
anti-social behaviour orders (commonly called ASBOs)
premises closure orders
possession proceedings against a tenant