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Anti-Social Behaviour


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Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour should be reported to the Police on 101.

It can also be reported to your local District or Borough Council.
To report Anti-social Behaviour to Boroughs and Districts please see the contact details below:

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour in Warwick District:
01926 456010 (Warwick District Council Community Safety).

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour in Stratford District:
01789 260123 (Stratford District Council Community Safety Team).

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour in Rugby:
0800 096 8800 (Rugby Borough Council Community Safety Wardens).

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour in North Warwickshire:
01827 715341 (North Warwickshire Borough Council Contact Centre).

Reporting Anti-Social Behaviour in Nuneaton and Bedworth:
02476 376322 (Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council Community Safety Team).

In an emergency always dial 999.

Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that make many people’s lives a misery - from litter and vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours.

There are two main definitions of Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB), the first is contained within the ASB Crime and Policing Act 2014 and provides the following meaning:

‘conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person’ or ‘conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation or residential premises’ or ‘conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person’.

The second definition is used by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO);

Behaviour by an individual or group that results in: ‘another party feeling personally threatened or creates a public nuisance or has a detrimental impact upon the environment or has a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole’.

Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 reforms the anti-social behaviour powers available to Police, Councils and social landlords. The following examples of behaviours are included in this definition of ASB:

Nuisance behaviou– general rowdy behaviour and nuisance, prostitution, aggressive begging, street drinking, animal nuisance, motorbikes/vehicles being used in an anti-social manner.

Noise nuisance – loud music, playing ball games near to people’s houses.

Intimidation or harassment – Malicious phone calls, offensive material through letter boxes.

Environmental quality issues – Litter, dog fouling, fly tipping, abandoned vehicles, dumped rubbish.

Aggressive and threatening language and behaviour – Verbal and physical abuse including threatening and offensive gestures.

Violence against people and property – ASB-based vandalism, violence, arson, criminal damage.

Hate behaviour – ASB based on targeting individuals because of their perceived differences. This includes race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and disability.

Warwickshire agencies are committed to tackling this problem through partnership working.

Anti-social behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 focuses on putting the victim first, there are two new measures which are designed to give victims and communities a say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with:

Community Remedy
The Community Remedy gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low-level crime and anti-social behaviour. This can also be named ‘community resolution’ giving the victim an option as to the consequences faced by the perpetrator, the Officer dealing with the complaint must ensure that the action detailed by the victim is appropriate and proportionate to the offence committed.

Community Trigger
The community Trigger gives victims and communities the right to request a review of their case and bring agencies together to take a joined up, problem-solving approach to find a solution. A threshold is set at a local level – in Warwickshire this is set at three separate incidents relating to the same problem in the past six months being reported to either Police, Council or your Landlord and feel that insufficient action has been taken OR At least five people have made reports about the same problem in the past six months to the Council, Police or Landlord and feel that insufficient action has been taken to resolve the matter.

To activate a community trigger you must put in writing the details about the problem you have reported and why you believe that insufficient action has been taken. Further details can be found on each of the Borough/District websites.