Antisocial Behaviour (ASB)
What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
Anti -social behaviour is defined as “Behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress”. Examples can include
- Nuisance associated with the selling of drugs or drug substance misuse
- Acts of harassment
- Racist behaviour, language or graffiti
- Acts or threats of discrimination on the grounds of sex, sexual orientation, religious belief, age, ethnic origin, illness or disability
- Using or threatening to use violence
- Writing or displaying graffiti or literature that is threatening, abusive or insulting
- Sending communication that is threatening, abusive, racist or insulting
Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2014
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 introduces a number of measures to protect communities from the serious harm caused by anti-social behaviour are covered within this act. These are:
- Criminal behaviour order: can be issued by the courts after a person has been convicted for a criminal offence. Under the order, a person who has been convicted would be banned from certain activities or places, and would also be required to address their behaviour, for example by attending a drug treatment programme. A breach could see an adult face up to five years in prison.
- Police dispersal power allows the police to disperse anti-social individuals and provide short-term respite to a local community. The power is preventative and allows an officer to deal instantly with someone’s behaviour in a particular place and to confiscate related items.
- Community protection notice’s enables local authorities and police to stop persistent environmental anti-social behaviour, like graffiti, neighbour noise or rubbish on private land.
- Public space protection orders is a power which allows a local council to deal with a particular nuisance or problem that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing universal conditions on the use of that area. This can be used to tackle issues like dog fouling and restricting the consumption of alcohol.
- Closure powers allow the police or local council to close premises where anti-social behaviour has been committed, or was likely to be committed.
- Absolute ground for possession speeds up the possession process in cases where a tenant, anyone residing at the address, or a visitor to the premises has been convicted of a serious criminal offence and that offence took place in the dwelling or in the locality.
Giving victims a say
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 also includes measures designed to give victims and communities a say in the way anti-social behaviour is dealt with:
Community trigger - This gives victims the ability to request a review of their case, where the locally defined threshold is met. If you have already reported 3 incidents of anti-social behaviour in the last 6 months to the council, police or your social housing provider and feel that the issues have not been resolved, you can request a Community Trigger review of your case.
- Email: email@example.com
- In writing: Community Safety, Milton Keynes Council, Civic Offices, 1 Saxon Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 3EJ
- In person: at the above address.
Community remedy- which gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of perpetrators for low-level crime and anti-social behaviour.
These powers are more flexible, quicker to obtain and less bureaucratic, making it easier for the police, local councils, social landlords and other local agencies to deal with anti-social behaviour and puts victims at the heart of the process.
Last Updated: 21 May 2020