What is anti-social behaviour?

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-Social behaviour is basically selfish behaviour that can have a negative and harmful effect on a community. It doesn’t just affect old people it affects young people too and according to our research it’s one of the biggest worries for people living in Lancashire. It causes misery and angst for everyone.

Examples include:

  • Substance misuse i.e. dealing or using drugs in the street
  • Drinking alcohol on the streets
  • Acting in an aggressive and intimidating way which scares people
  • Animal related problems e.g. not properly restraining your dog in a public place
  • Aggressive begging
  • Prostitution
  • Abandoned vehicles
  • Vehicle nuisance such as revving car engines, wheel spinning and mini-motos etc
  • Noisy behaviour in quiet streets
  • Graffiti
  • Littering
  • Vandalism and criminal damage
  • Fireworks misuse
  • Neighbourly disputes
  • Yobbish behaviour
  • Setting off fireworks late at night
  • General drunken behaviour (which is rowdy or inconsiderate)
  • Hoax calls
  • Hate crime, which includes bullying behaviour because of someone’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability
  • Use of an imitation weapon like a BB Gun in a public place

Is it really antisocial behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour means different things to different people and a lot of the complaints made to the police are often not cases of anti-social behaviour at all.
For example, a group of young people meeting on a street corner is not being anti-social…but if they start to let off fireworks, knock over a garden wall or shout abuse at passers-by, their behaviour is obviously anti-social.
It’s important to respect each other and take pride in our communities.

Why do people do it?

Lancashire Police June 2005
There are a lot of reasons why people get involved in anti-social behaviour. Sometimes it is because they are bored, they want to get a “buzz”, or want to get revenge. They might have problems at home or school, or associate with other people who do not care about their community. But their actions can have an extremely negative impact on other residents who may feel intimidated and frustrated by the vandalism and graffiti in their neighbourhood.

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