Anti Social Behaviour
Anti-social behaviour is any aggressive, intimidating or
destructive activity that damages or destroys another person's
quality of life.
This can include:
- Rowdy noisy behaviour
- menacing groups
- drug dealing and associated nuisance
- aggressive begging
- on street drinking
- abandoned, untaxed or nuisance vehicles
Find out more about different types of
If you’re faced with noisy neighbours, or you’ve seen someone
littering, drawing graffiti, or committing other acts of
anti-social behaviour, don't suffer in silence.
Please note that the following cannot normally be dealt
with as anti-social behaviour:
- some everyday living neighbour noises (such as from children,
raised voices, footsteps, doors being closed etc)
- neighbour disputes around a fence/boundary/hedge/tree
- leaseholder/freeholder issues
- children playing - including ball games (unless
causing damage, obstruction or extreme noise). Please read our advice about ball games in communal
Reporting Anti Social Behaviour
- are harassed or victimised
- feel anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of
- fear for your safety or the safety of others
Call our ASB reporting line
- In an emergency (if a crime is in progress or you
think the offenders are near by), call
- For non urgent issues and to pass on information, call
Police on 101 (24 hours)
- To report ongoing antisocial behaviour, and for advice,
please call Thanet District Council on 01843
577888 (9am-5pm Mon-Fri) or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PO Box 9
Who deals with ASB?
Within our unit we have police and council officers who deal
solely with anti social behaviour which can help improve your
quality of life. We have a range of tools and powers at our
disposal to prevent such destructive activity.
As a partnership, we work with all our partner agencies to
tackle the problems identified. This could include:
What happens next?
After contacting us, we will get back to you and gather as much
evidence as is possible. We will keep you informed every step of
All complaints are treated as confidential under the Data
Protection Act, so you don't have to worry about your identity
being revealed. However you may be required to support a
prosecution and write a statement should we need to take legal
action. You will be supported through this process every step of
What else can you do?
Please give as much detailed information as possible, and if
safe to do so, record times dates and descriptions of incidents
that have affected you.
Keep alert to what is going on around you, speak to other people
and see if they are experiencing the same problems. Make a stand
together if possible.
Speak to your local police
community support officer and see if there is a residents
group, or Neighbourhood Panel Meeting you could attend or
a Neighbourhood watch scheme you could join.
You could also speak to your neighbourhood policing team or
local police station and file a complaint if you have any concerns
of a criminal nature. If the situation is an emergency (if
someone's life or health is threatened) call 999.
Action we could take
Once you've got your log of information about what’s been
happening and you have passed it on to the officer investigating
your case, they will look to see what action is able to be taken.
This could include some of the following:
Acceptable Behaviour Agreements
This is a written agreement between the
person who has been causing the problems and their
local council or police. These agreements are designed to
give those involved the chance to acknowledge their actions, and to
take responsibility for the impact they’ve had on others.
In some cases, this simple agreement can stop
the bad behaviour at an early stage. They explain that the activity
must not continue, and explain what will happen if
the agreement is broken. They aren’t legally binding, but
they can be referred to in court if the behaviour continues.
Fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for
disorder are one-off fines.
- Fixed penalty notices are generally issued for environmental
crimes like littering, graffiti, or noise nuisances.
- Penalty notices for disorder are issued for more serious
offences, like throwing fireworks, selling alcohol to underage
buyers, or being drunk and disorderly in public. They can be issued
to anyone over 16 years old, and the amount of the fine will depend
on the behaviour involved.
Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs)
An ASBO is a court order banning anti-social behaviour,
or preventing entry into an area where problems have occurred.
The rules and restrictions of each ASBO are specific to the crimes
involved, and they remain in place for a minimum of two years.
ASBOs are not criminal penalties, so they won't appear on a
police record. However, not obeying the rules of an ASBO is a
crime, and it can result in a fine or imprisonment.
Groups can be forced to leave an area (disperse) and not return
if they are regularly loud, disruptive or destructive.
The ‘area’ in question can be anything from the space around a
cash point to a whole neighbourhood, or even a local authority
region. As long as there is strong evidence that those involved
have been destructive and intimidating.
If a dispersal order is issued, the local authority must agree
to it and the decision must be published in a local newspaper or in
notices posted in the area. After that, if an officer gives a
group a direction to leave an area it can be for any period of
time not exceeding 24 hours.
For more information on current tools and powers available or
crime prevention advice, visit the Home office
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