Antisocial behaviour is defined as “behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the person” (Antisocial Behaviour Act 2003 and Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011).
Please be advised that the council does not have powers to deal with people breaching COVID rules at their home. These powers are held by the Police. Please call 101 and report any breaches of this nature to them. The council will however deal with any anti-social behaviour arising from people visiting an address (e.g. loud music, noise nuisance).
Dealing with the problem yourself
Before you report any anti-social behaviour, you should first decide whether there is anything you can do to sort out the problem yourself. Below are some useful tips to bear in mind when talking to the person causing the problem.
- Try to stay calm and friendly – being aggressive is not going to help
- Explain what the problem is, how you feel and how it affects you
- Listen to the other person and try not to interrupt them when they are talking.
- Try to stay in control and not be abusive
- If the person is being unreasonable – leave the discussion
If the problem continues once you have tried speaking to the person responsible OR if the problem is so serious that you don't want to confront them, you should then report it and seek further help from an Anti-Social Behaviour Officer.
Last updated: Fri 20th November, 2020 @ 09:52