Anti-Social Behaviour

What is Anti-social behaviour (ASB)?

Anti-social behaviour is defined by the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 generally as ‘behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to members or any member of the public’ and covers a wide range of behaviour affecting you or members of your community.

Examples of ASB include:

Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
Street drinking
Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish and abandonment of cars
Prostitution related activity
Begging and vagrancy
Fireworks misuse
Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
(source: Staffordshire Police)

Antisocial Behaviour

Reporting ASB

  • If you believe that the ASB is being directed at you because of your disability; race; ethnicity or nationality; religious belief; sexual orientation or transgender identity; age; or gender then it may be a hate crime, and we can support you.
  • If you are experiencing ASB, and it does not fall under any of the protected characteristics above, you should report the incident to the police.
  • If you feel threatened, or if you or someone else is in danger, or if the anti-social behaviour is in progress, call 999

For more information, please download our PDF:

If you report a crime to Staffordshire Police, they will ask you if you are happy for your details to be passed on to the Staffordshire Victim Gateway and Restorative Justice Service. We will automatically receive your contact information and a brief overview of your experience and the crime, if you don’t specify to Staffordshire Police that you don’t want us to make contact with you. If you initially opted out of the service, you can self-refer at any time.

We can provide you with advice, information & emotional and practical support. We can liaise and advocate on your behalf, and introduce and support you to specialist services, who can help you gain the relevant support that can help in your recovery. We will be with you every step of the way. Our support is free and confidential, regardless of whether you have reported a crime or incident to the police, we are here to support you.

Please call us on the number below. You can also email us or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to self-refer:

 0330 0881 339


Crime Prevention Information

Additionally, it may also be useful for you to have advice on crime prevention that may help you to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here:  or to report anti-social behaviour to Staffordshire Police: 

Crime Prevention


Effective Online support for victims anti-social behaviour

 Online advice & signposting



Independent national charity, helping people to speak up and stop crime

Victim Support

Can support you to deal with the impact of anti-social behaviour

Is it an emergency?

If you are in immediate danger and support is needed right away, call Staffordshire Police on 999.  If you feel it is a non-emergency, you can log incidents that have happened by calling Staffordshire Police on 101. If you have a hearing impairment, you can use their textphone service on 18001 101

7 in 10 people who use our Victim Gateway service are happy with the outcome.

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