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Tackling anti-social behaviour

We know that calls relating to anti-social behaviour (ASB) go up by more than a quarter (28 per cent) in July and August and that around half of all reports in the summer months are on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

In a survey last year, you also told us that the issues you were most concerned about were inconsiderate use of vehicles and littering as well as noisy neighbours, damage to property and rowdy, drunken behaviour.

In addition to taking a forcewide approach to anti-social behaviour, such as increased patrols at weekends and dedicated ASB co-ordinators for each area, we also carry out a range of activities specific to different ASB issues. Below is a snapshot of some of these activities.

Recent activity to tackle ASB

Kerb crawling

Drug use

Street nuisance/rowdy behaviour

Rowdy/nuisance behaviour in the town/city centre

Street drinking and begging in the town/city centre

Neighbour issues


Speeding/anti-social use of vehicles

Persistent shoplifting

How you can help prevent ASB

Reporting ASB

  • Report anti-social behaviour to us or the council. Find out when to report to the council and when to report to us. The more detail you can provide the better, such as times, locations and descriptions (our downloadable ASB Incident Diary could help keep track of ASB incidents). To report ASB to the police, contact us online or call us on 101.
  • Report incidents of ASB as soon as possible. The sooner we get the information the easier it is to address the issue.
  • If you have information about ASB in your area, but don’t want to speak to the police, you can also provide information anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
  • You can also raise issues about ASB at your local priorities meeting. These meetings are attended by the local council, the police and other partner agencies. The meetings will be named differently depending on the area in which you live (eg PACT Meetings, Safer Stronger Community Groups, Neighbourhood Forums, Local Action Groups, Connecting Communities Area Forums, or Public Forums).

Reducing ASB

  • Be aware of others. Be mindful of the impact you could be having on others if you are outside during the warmer weather, especially late in the evening.
  • Think neighbours. If you have an elderly neighbour, can you offer any help or support if they are worried about ASB in your area?

This is part of our 'Do one thing' summer campaign to encourage people to take simple measures to help in preventing crime and issues, including helping to prevent burglary and bike crime.

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