Anti-social behaviour

We see a lot about antisocial behaviour on the TV and in newspapers, but what does it mean?

Antisocial behaviour is anything that can have a negative impact on the community and disrupt the peace and quiet of the people that live around you. It can include things such as:

  • Noise in the street
  • Loud noise coming from a house
  • Litter
  • Graffiti
  • Going on to other people's property without permission
  • Allowing animals to mess without clearing it up
  • Getting drunk in a public place
  • Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own neighbourhood and to feel proud of the things they own. Make sure that you are considerate to other people and that your behaviour doesn't disturb those around you.

Shared spaces

Antisocial behaviour is often something that goes on in places outdoors, in areas that we all share and enjoy. Litter, graffiti, shouting and drinking in public spaces can affect everyone who lives in the community but it is often the case that people just don't think about what they are doing. They may drop a piece of litter by accident and just can't be bothered to pick it up.

Antisocial behaviour can start out as 'just a bit of fun' with your friends but if it goes too far you can end up damaging the place you live in, other people's property, or even yourself. For example, people sometimes take drugs in public parks and other shared spaces.


If you find a syringe don't touch it and contact your local police station. If someone does get accidentally injured by a needle, encourage bleeding and wash the wound in warm soapy water, then seek immediate medical treatment.

Groups of young people

People can feel intimidated by groups of young people or worry that they are doing something wrong. The police will sometimes need to speak to groups because a complaint has been made – this is their job and, even though it can seem unfair, they must look into every complaint.

Your local police teams and councils are working together to provide activities for young people, such as graffiti walls and sports schemes, so get in touch with them to find out what's happening in your area.

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