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Did you know?

  • Vandalism, graffiti, littering, and rowdy, noisy and threatening behaviour are all forms of anti-social behaviour.
  • If you know someone who is responsible for graffiti or tagging, you can report this anonymously on the Fearless website.

Ask Ed

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-Social behaviour is basically selfish behaviour that can have a negative and harmful effect on a community. Examples include drinking or using drugs in the street, intimidating behaviour, being noisy on a quiet street, graffiti, vandalism and littering.

Why do people do it?

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. 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.

Is graffiti anti-social?

Graffiti is a form of criminal damage and is when someone paints, scratches or marks a public area or someone else’s stuff.

Spraying graffiti is a form of anti-social behaviour – it marks property and can make other residents feel unhappy about their surroundings.

Some graffiti is also considered to be an art form, but not when the person responsible does it in areas or on things that they do not have permission for.

Graffiti costs a lot of money to clean up and this money could be put to good use improving areas.

When should I contact the police about ASB?

Everyone has the right to live a life free from anti-social behaviour.

If you are experiencing any of the following issues please contact the police: drugs/ substance misuse on the streets, criminal damage, gangs, assault, stolen property and incidents of hate crime (discrimination and bullying someone because of their religion, sexuality, beliefs or a disability).

Call 101 to speak to your local neighbourhood policing team, or 999 in an emergency.

Alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report a crime on the fearless website.

When should I contact the council about ASB?

There are many anti-social behaviour problems where the police are not the most appropriate organisation to contact. If you are experiencing any of the following, please contact your local council who should be the first point of contact for noise nuisance, littering and misuse of fireworks.




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