Anti Social Behaviour
Anti Social Behaviour
The Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 states that anti-social behaviour is when someone has caused or is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to one or more persons, not living in the same household.
Examples of anti-social behaviour could be:
- Being threatening or intimidating
- Verbal abuse
- Criminal damage, vandalism or graffiti
- Persistent nuisance behaviour
- Drunken behaviour
- Fly tipping
- Noise nuisance
Anti-social behaviour can be committed by an individual or a group of individuals.
This type of behaviour threatens the quality of life of those living and working in our district. The Breckland Against Crime Partnership is committed to tackling, not tolerating, anti-social behaviour in our communities.
The Breckland Against Crime Partnership members:
- Breckland Council
- Norfolk Constabulary
- Peddars Way Housing Association
- other local agencies and authorities.
Advice and assistance is available to enable you to take the necessary steps in helping to address local anti-social behaviour problems.
What options are available to the Breckland Against Crime Partnership in helping to address anti-social behaviour?
The Partnership will treat each individual case on its merits.
Working in affiliation, they may decide to use one of the following methods to help solve the problem:
Anti Social Behaviour Warning Notice
This is used as an early intervention to alert an individual that we are aware of continuing bad behaviour and that we are monitoring the situation.
It also explains what could happen should the behaviour persist.
Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC)
ABC’s can be offered to individuals over the age of 10 years.
This is an agreement between individual and the Breckland Against Crime Partnership. It sets out clear boundaries to help modify the behaviour of individuals
Parental Control Agreement
The parental control agreement is used for children up to the age of 10.
Parents and guardians are responsible for the behaviour of their children. A parental control agreement is a formal promise to the Breckland Against Crime Partnership from the parents or guardians to supervise and modify their child’s behaviour.
Anti Social Behaviour Order (ASBO)
The Breckland Against Crime Partnership may decide to apply to the Magistrates Court for an Anti-Social Behaviour Order.
This order again sets out guidelines on expected behaviour, and if breached the individual could face up to five years in prison, a fine, or both.
A range of injunctions are available and can be used by local authorities to tackle anti social behaviour.
They are straightforward and fast – a court can make an injunction within hours of a complaint and before a problem escalates - allowing for immediate protection of others.
Injunctions are remedies, subject to civil rules of evidence and the civil standard of proof.
There are many options available to you, in assisting with tackling anti-social behaviour, below are some suggestions for the best ways to approach dealing with problems:
- Contact the Breckland Against Crime Partnership for help
- Approach the person(s) yourself and explain what is disturbing you
- Write to the person(s) keeping copies of all correspondence
Keep diary notes of all incidents that occur, including dates, times, person(s) present and what was said and done
(Anti Social Behaviour Incident Diaries are available from the anti-social behaviour team, please see contact details below)
- Be prepared to make statements and if necessary attend court
- Dial the Police non-emergency number: 101
- Always dial 999 in an emergency
The Breckland Against Crime Partnership are well equipped to deal with incidents of anti-social behaviour, listed below are the many ways in which we can help:
- The Anti-Social Behaviour Officer will record your complaint and investigate
- Anti-Social Behaviour incident diaries may be issued
- Agencies within the Breckland Against Crime Partnership will be consulted as and where appropriate
It may be necessary to use the tools and powers given to us within the Anti Social Behaviour Act to address the problem.
This could mean the use of Warning Notices, Acceptable Behaviour Contracts or Anti Social Behaviour Orders
- If appropriate, formal proceedings may be issued
- Witnesses will be supported
Anti Social Behaviour Team