ASB Awareness Week: What is anti-social behaviour? And what can I do about it?

Date published: 19 July 2022 08:25
Dated: 19 July 2022 09:20:29

This week (18 to 22 July) is ASB Awareness Week 2022 – which aims to encourage communities to take a stand against ASB and highlight actions that can be taken by those experiencing it.

It is organised by Resolve, the UK’s leading ASB and community safety organisation, and is being backed by South Yorkshire Police and other organisations nationwide including police forces, councils, housing associations, charities, community groups and sports clubs.

According to the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011, anti-social behaviour is defined as ‘behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household as the person’.

This includes a range of nuisance and criminal behaviours that cause distress to others. Whether someone’s actions can be classified as anti-social behaviour relies heavily on the impact it has on other people. More frequent or persistent behaviour is more likely to be considered as anti-social.

There are various factors SYP, local authorities and landlords will consider when deciding the best way to deal with reports of anti-social behaviour. Reports are looked at through consideration of the victim and the impact on the wider community.

Examples of ASB:

  • Noisy and/or abusive behaviour
  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Intimidation
  • Public drunkenness
  • Littering
  • Fly tipping
  • Illegal drug use

Later on today (Tuesday 19 July), we will be posting information on what behaviours should be reported to us, and what should be reported to your local authority.

This information is also available in the ASB crime and prevention advice section of our website, as well as signposting to other organisations that can offer advice and support.

When the issue you are reporting is one handled by the police, it's our aim to reduce the incidence and fear of antisocial behaviour by effective police responses, working with local partners wherever possible.

We do this by:

  • Listening to people when they report problems to us
  • Acting quickly to investigate, getting the facts and taking swift and positive police action
  • Working with partners to use their knowledge, skills and enforcement powers to find long-term solutions
  • Staying in touch with victims, providing practical support and reassurance
  • Providing special care and support to the most vulnerable people in our communities

Chief Inspector John Mallows, SYP’s force thematic lead for ASB and criminal damage, said: “We would love people to feel they are in a better position come the end of this week to understand exactly what ASB is and how to go about seeking help should they need it.

“A better-informed community is a safer one, as they can help each other to combat issues and correctly report them to the organisations that need to know, whether that be us or one of our partners.”

“If you have any issues concerning you in your area, please see the SYP website for details on who your local officers are and how to either contact them directly or join them at various community events. By speaking to us and telling us what is going on in your area it puts us in the best position to clamp down on issues.”

For more information on SYP’s approach tom tackling ASB visit https://www.southyorkshire.police.uk/find-out/crime-prevention-advice/asb/

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