Anti-Social Behaviour

What is anti-social behaviour?

The Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 defines anti-social behaviour as:

“Behaviour likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to any person."

This covers a wide range of unacceptable behaviour that can have a negative effect on an individual or the wider community the Council look to resolve.

Examples of anti-social behaviour:

  • Street drinking, begging and associated negative behaviour.
  • Youth related anti-social behaviour.
  • Neighbour nuisance
  • Fly posting.

What is not classed as anti-social behaviour:

  • Children playing in the street/in gardens.
  • Young people gathering socially.
  • Being unable to park outside your own home.
  • A clash of lifestyles including cultural differences or different working patterns
  • A one-off party or event
  • General living noise
  • Criminal activity such as drugs/violence
  • Planning disputes

Who do I contact if I am affected?

It is important you report anti-social behaviour to the agencies best equipped to deal with your concerns:

All criminal behaviour including drug use and drug dealing, threats, violence and harassment should be reported to the Police. If it is an emergency, then call 999, in a non-emergency situation you can contact Warwickshire Police on 101 or online at https://www.warwickshire.police.uk/contact/af/contact-us-beta/contact-us/

If you live in a social housing property or are affected by someone living in a social housing property please contact the relevant housing association, contact details can be found below:

If you want to report music, noise nuisance, or persistent dog barking please report it to our Environmental Health Team

This Council is responsible for co-ordinating action to tackle anti-social behaviour. Two Anti-Social Behaviour Officers are employed in Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

You can report your problem by telephone to Stratford-on-Avon District Council's Anti-Social Behaviour Officers:

What action can be taken?

In South Warwickshire, we believe in the effectiveness of early intervention and operate a tiered response tailored to the particular circumstances of the anti-social behaviour. We employ a wide range of interventions that have proved effective in addressing anti-social behaviour, the most common of which are:

  • Advisory and warning letters that are sent to perpetrators or their guardians outlining the unacceptable behaviour and warning that further action will follow should the behaviour continue.
  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs): voluntary but formal documents signed by the perpetrator committing to stop behaving in an unacceptable way.
  • Community protection notices, to stop the conduct of an individual or body having a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.
  • Civil injunctions, to stop a person responsible from engaging in anti-social behaviour to any person.
  • Criminal Behaviour Order: the offender has caused anti-social behaviour and been convicted of a criminal offence.

What minimum standard of service can I expect?

The council is dedicated to a multi-agency approach to reducing the number of incidents of anti-social behaviour and the fear of anti-social behaviour.

We will ensure that:

  • Reports of anti-social behaviour are treated seriously, and all individuals are treated fairly with dignity and respect.
  • Victims of anti-social behaviour are given as much support as possible, and where appropriate referred to support agencies.
  • Where appropriate, offenders are offered support to help change their behaviour.
  • Anti-social behaviour reports are recorded and investigated, where appropriate, and victims and witnesses are kept informed of key actions.
  • We deal promptly and effectively with any problem reported to us or we pass it to an organisation that we consider may be more effective in resolving the issue.
  • All relevant agencies co-operate in addressing any issues of anti-social behaviour; sharing information where necessary and appropriate while adopting a multi-agency problem-solving approach.
  • We adopt an early intervention approach, and we work together with all other agencies, making full use of the tools and powers available to us.

Contact: The Community Safety team

Last updated on 19/01/2024