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What Is Anti-Social Behaviour?

The term 'anti-social' may be defined as a whole range of thoughtless, inconsiderate or malicious activity.

Anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of issues, from neighbour disputes, verbal harassment and intimidation.

The Crime and disorder Act 1998 defines the term ‘anti-social behaviour' as acting in:

"a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as him/herself."

In more basic terms anti-social behaviour is any kind of repeated behaviour which is likely to cause alarm or distress and is often carried out by individuals or groups who live in close proximity to those who are the subject of the behaviour.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • Disorder in a public place
  • Drunkeness
  • Breach of the peace
  • Threatening behaviour
  • Racial disputes
  • Community problems
  • Noise nuisance
  • Verbal harassment
  • Juvenile nuisance


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