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Community Safety

What is Anti Social Behaviour?


The definition of anti-social behaviour is 'behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress to individuals not of the same household as the perpetrator, such that it requires interventions (in partnership) from the relevant authorities; but criminal prosecution and punishment may be inappropriate because the individual components of the behaviour are not prohibited by the criminal law and /or in isolation, constitute relatively minor offences'.

The definition of anti-social behaviour is rarely straightforward.  Nuisance and anti-social behaviour mean different things to different people.  Everyone has their own tolerance levels and their own way of doing things.

Examples of anti-social behaviour may include:

  • Intimidation, shouting or swearing
  • Problems with cars and motorbikes
  • Pets and other animals
  • Rubbish and litter
  • Children and young people misbehaving
  • Graffiti
  • Using and selling drugs
  • Verbal and physical attacks and threats.
  • Aggressive begging
  • Antisocial drinking
  • Bonfires
  • Dog fouling
  • Noise nuisance
  • Putrescible waste accumulations

For further general information on Anti-Social Behaviour issues contact Communitysafety.BCW@northnorthants.gov.uk

How do you report Anti-Social Behaviour?

Report Anti-Social Behaviour online

Report direct to Northants Police

Aims of the Council and Their Partners

It is the aim of the council and partners to ensure the health, safety and well-being of persons living and working in the borough, and to protect and improve the environment. The Police are also responsible for investigating anti-social behaviour and will lead on high level anti-social behaviour cases involving criminal damage, harassment or physical violence etc. The council will often work very closely with the Police.

Environmental crimes include abandoned vehicles; fly tipping; graffiti or littering these are investigated by the council's officers.

The Enforcement Strategy document sets out the council’s approach to handling anti-social behaviour and environmental related enforcement matters. It lets the public know what to expect when environmental crime or anti-social behaviour contraventions are found and where resources will be targeted.

Other related documents

Anti Social Behaviour - Home Office Statutory Guidance