The Anti-Social Behaviour Act gained Royal Assent in 2003 as a result of the Crime & Disorder Act 1998.
Anti-Social Behaviour can blight the lives of individuals and whole communities and remains a key area of concern for the public.
The term anti social behaviour covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that can have a negative effect on individuals and communities quality of life. Examples of anti social behaviour include:
- rowdy and intimidating groups,
- nuisance neighbours,
- verbal abuse and intimidation.
Anti Social Behaviour also includes environmental crime including: fly tipping and graffiti.
The legal definition of anti social behaviour is behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm and or distress to others.
Winchester City Council takes tackling anti social behaviour very seriously. In order to address this issue Winchester City Council works in partnership with other agencies who form the Winchester Community Safety Partnership (CSP). Membership of the CSP includes Hampshire Constabulary, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire County Council. However, the most important partner in tackling anti social behaviour is YOU as members of the public.
To find out how to report anti social behaviour please see the related link.
MAY UPDATE: The Home Office has released White Paper: Putting Victims First, More Effective Response to Anti Social Behaviour. This document outline the Government's proposal for tackling anti social behaviour, also providing a summary of the results from the consultation undertaken last year. The Government will next publish a draft bill for pre-legislative scrutiny.