What is antisocial behaviour?
Antisocial behaviour has been defined as ‘any behaviour that harasses or causes nuisance or annoyance to someone.’ It covers a wide range of actions including dropping litter, graffiti, dogs barking, drug dealing, property damage, and even violence. It includes all of these behaviours when motivated by hate or prejudice including racial harassment and other hate crimes. Criminal behaviour is also antisocial.
Common types of antisocial behaviour
Noise from neighbours is a common source of disturbance and it can be very upsetting. The main problems are caused by barking dogs; loud music or TV; shouting, banging doors and DIY activities. Remember, no home is totally soundproof so everyone can expect a degree of noise from neighbours.
Violence in any form can be very distressing and can have psychological and physical effects. This includes the threat of violence or any kind of intimidating behaviour. Examples include stone-throwing, hitting, kicking, verbal abuse, swearing and making verbal threats.
Domestic violence is any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members. It is not limited to just women, but also men and family members.
Harassment is most commonly seen as behaviour that targets members of identified groups because of their perceived differences. Individuals and families may face harassment on the basis of their race, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, sexual orientation, mental health or physical disability.
Harassment could be due to a simple lack of tolerance and understanding of this perceived difference, or may in some cases be due to established prejudices and ideology.
A home can sometimes be used for purposes it was not intended for. A criminal act could be using a home for criminal or illegal purposes such as selling drugs or for prostitution. Other criminal acts could be criminal damage and vandalism, including graffiti.
It is not just the people in your area that may cause problems but animals as well. Uncontrolled animals as antisocial behaviour could be stray or dangerous animals, or animals fouling in public spaces.
Misuse of public areas
There are a variety of areas that you share with your neighbours and those areas are expected to be used in a certain way. Examples of a misuse of a public area could be if they are used for alcohol, drug abuse, joy-riding or fly-tipping. Untidy gardens can also be a misuse of public areas.
Report antisocial behaviour
Report antisocial behaviour online or call 0345 366 4404.
Accused of antisocial behaviour?
Find out more about your options if you have been accused of antisocial behaviour.
We believe that everyone has the right to enjoy their home, free from nuisance or antisocial behaviour. Find out more about what can be done about antisocial behaviour at Yorkshire Housing or read some of our antisocial behaviour success stories.