Anti Social Behaviour…ASB

The Brandwood Neighbourhood Police Team would like to reach out to all members of the community, particularly those who live in areas that experience a high rate of anti-social behaviour.

The Brandwood NHT would like community members to contact them by dialing 101 for non-emergencies or 999 for emergencies, by attending local tasking meetnigs or by e-mailing them with community intelligence at brandwood@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk if ASB is a reoccurring problem in your area.

ASB can be caused by anyone and it can occur either inside the home or in the locality of the home. Anyone can be a victim of anti-social behaviour or suffer the effects of it, regardless of whether they are a business owner, council tenant, home-owner, tenant of a registered social landlord or private landlord.

Are you unsure what constitutes anti-social behaviour?

The definition of anti-social behaviour is: ‘acting in an anti-social manner that has caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as himself’

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) covers a wide spectrum of activities from minor neighbour disputes arising out of differences in lifestyle, to serious criminal behaviour often in the form of harassment.

Therefore, while we all know anti-social behaviour when we see it, it is difficult to come up with a single complete definition. However, there are a number of key aspects of what constitutes ASB, some of which are listed below:

*       excessive noise (especially late at night)
*       rowdy, unruly or threatening behaviour
*       criminal activity
*       nuisance caused by children of tenants, or visitors to council properties and estates
*       nuisance caused by animals
*       vandalism
*       dumping of litter or rubbish
*       statutory nuisance (such as fume emissions)
*       breaches of tenancy conditions
*       anti-social behaviour can be targeted at an individual often because of perceived differences (for example, harassment including racial harassment)
*       anti-social behaviour can be “accidental” or “un-thinking” inconsiderate behaviour.

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