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Anti social behaviour

Anti social behaviour (ASB) can be a real issue for some communities. It is difficult to define and means many different things to many people.

What is anti social behaviour?

The Anti social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act defines ASB as:

(a) Conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person;

(b) Conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person's occupation of residential premises; or,

(c) Conduct capable of causing housing related nuisance or annoyance to any person.

Recognising the impact of the behaviour on the victims and the community, as well as looking at the risk factors that cause such behaviour, is key to tackling the problems.

ASB can include:

  • Rowdy/nuisance and inconsiderate (behaviour)

  • Vehicle related nuisance

  • Rowdy/nuisance neighbours

  • Malicious communications

  • Abandoned vehicles (not stolen)

  • Noise

  • Begging/vagrancy

  • Hoax calls to emergency services

  • Animal related problems

  • Graffiti

Report anti social behaviour online

Report anti-social behaviour in Christchurch and East Dorset

If you have a complaint regarding anti social behaviour in Christchurch or East Dorset report it to us.

Report anti-social behaviour in North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset and Weymouth and Portland

If you have a complaint regarding anti-social behaviour in North Dorset, Purbeck, West Dorset or Weymouth and Portland report it to us

Report anti-social behaviour by telephone

Community Safety - North Dorset

Name: Community Safety and Protection Officer - North Dorset
Tel: 01258 454111
Full details for Community Safety - North Dorset

Community Safety - Purbeck

Name: Anti-Social Behaviour Reduction Officer - Purbeck
Tel: 01929 556561
Full details for Community Safety - Purbeck

Community Safety - West Dorset and Weymouth

Name: Anti-Social Behaviour Officers
Tel: 01305 226570
Full details for Community Safety - West Dorset and Weymouth


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