Shropshire Council

What is anti-social behaviour

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as acting "in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harm, alarm or distress". This can include:

  • playing loud music in the early hours of the morning
  • graffiti and vandalism
  • offensive and threatening behaviour
  • harassment and intimidation
  • fly-tipping and fly-posting

Examples of anti-social behaviour

Environmental issues 

Incidents where individuals and groups have an impact on their surroundings including natural, built and social environments. This category is about encouraging reasonable behaviour whilst managing and protecting the various environments so that people can enjoy their own private spaces as well as shared or public spaces. Environmental issues such as fly-tipping, graffiti and dog fouling can also be reported to our Environmental Maintenance Team.

Nuisance issues

Incidents where an act, condition, thing or person causes trouble, annoyance, inconvenience, offence or suffering to the local community in general rather than to individual victims. It includes incidents where behaviour goes beyond the conventional bounds of acceptability and interferes with public interests including health, safety and quality of life.

Personal issues

Includes incidents deliberately targeted at an individual or group or having an impact on an individual or group rather than the community at large. These incidents may cause concern, stress, disquiet and/or irritation through to having a serious adverse impact on people’s quality of life. At one extreme of the spectrum it includes minor annoyance; at the other end it could result in risk of harm, deterioration of health and disruption of mental or emotional well-being, resulting in an inability to carry out normal day to day activities through fear and intimidation.

What is NOT anti-social behaviour?

Behaviour which is considered reasonable includes:

  • Noise from children playing in appropriate places at reasonable times
  • Normal living noises such as toilet flushes and doors being opened/closed
  • DIY (unless it is at unreasonable times of the day/night)

The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014

The act aims to give agencies and organisations simpler and more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in order to give better protection to victims and communities. While most issues will continue to be resolved through support and early intervention, the new powers will allow councils, police and housing providers to take swifter action to address persistent ASB hotspots and perpetrators. The new powers see the end of ASBOs and the introduction of the following powers:

  • civil injunction
  • criminal behaviour order
  • closure order
  • community protection notice
  • dispersal powers
  • public spaces protection order
  • discretionary grounds for possession
  • absolute grounds for possession
  • community remedy