What is anti-social behaviour?
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as
acting in ‘a manner that causes, or is likely to cause harassment,
alarm or distress.’
In other words, it’s any form of behaviour which has a negative
impact on your quality of life. In reality, anti-social behaviour
spans a whole range of offences from fly-posting or littering to
persistent disorderly behaviour and drug-dealing.
Some examples of anti-social behaviour are listed
- Litter, rubbish and fly-tipping
- Abandoned vehicles
- Nuisance neighbours Intimidation and harassment
- Rowdy behaviour
- Street drinking
- Aggressive begging
- Crack houses and drug dealers
- Prostitution and kerb crawling
- Graffiti and vandalism
- It can be caused by people of all ages and from different
backgrounds, its not just confined to young people.
What can I do about anti-social behaviour?
The two most important things you can do are to report any
issues to either Staffordshire Police or South Staffordshire
Council and record any incidents of anti-social behaviour you see.
You can contact us by telephone, email or letter.
Keep a diary of the issues that takes place. Make a note of the
dates, times, people involved and what behaviour is occurring.
Without this kind of written evidence, it can make it difficult for
the authorities to act.
Be prepared to take responsibility and report what you see.
Often the more evidence you give, the more we can do about the
How do South Staffordshire Council respond to a
complaint of anti-social behaviour
Firstly we need to establish if you rent or own your property.
If you rent your property from either South Staffs Housing,
Bromford Housing Group, or Accord Housing we will pass your
complaint to your housing provider for them for investigation.
Once we have established that you own, or privately rent your
property, we will then ask some questions about you and others to
establish the nature of the ASB.
If the dispute involves a neighbour we will ask if you have
spoken with them about the issue. We will not intervene until you
have tried this first. It is always better to try to resolve the
issue by talking with them.
South Staffordshire Council will then send out diary sheets on
which you can record the dates, times etc of when the ASB occurs
and ask you to return these after 2 weeks.
However if the ASB is significant and/ or we assess you are
potentially vulnerable, we will share the information with other
agencies such as Staffordshire police, before we receive the diary
Once the sheets are returned, the ASB will be investigated and
in some cases you will be visited at home. Other agencies that may
be able to help resolve the ASB will be informed of the issue but
you will be informed and updated regularly on the progress of the
In certain cases, mediation can be a way of resolving issues but
this depends on the type of ASB and will be determined on an
individual case basis.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 ,
includes new powers to help tackle ASB
The following tools and powers were introduced
in 2014 to address anti-social behaviour. These include:
Community Protection Notice
Public Spaces Protection Order
Criminal Behaviour Order
For more information on the new powers,
Help and Advice
||Agency to Help
||Contact Telephone Number
||Type of Behaviour
All non-emergency calls to Staffordshire
Police ring 101
In an emergency dial
101 (non emergency)
Rowdy/ nuisance behaviour including:
- Street drinking
- Noise nuisance
- Criminal damage/ vandalism
- Intimidation/ harassment
- Drug/ alcohol misuse
- Off-road nuisance biking
- Inappropriate use of fireworks
- Fly Tipping
- Dog Fouling
- Abandoned Vehicles
||Registered Social Landlord or South Staffordshire
South Staffordshire Council
South Staffordshire Housing
0800 096 8690
Accord Housing Association
0300 111 7000
Bromford Housing Association
0845 6050 603
Sanctuary Housing Association
0800 131 3329
Heantun Housing Association
0345 60 20 540
- Noisy Neighbours and neighbour disputes
The Community Safety Team