Crime Types – Antisocial 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
Antisocial Behaviour

Reporting ASB

Anti-social behaviour should be reported to the police.

  • Call 101, the Staffordshire Police 24-hour non-emergency number
  • If  you feel threatened,  or if you or someone else is in danger, or if the anti-social behaviour is in progress, call 999.


Effective support for anti-social behaviour victims


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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.

Crime Prevention Information

It may be useful to you to have some advice on crime prevention to see what you can do to protect yourself in the future. You can find lots of useful information on local crime prevention by clicking here:

For more help and support on any of the above, please contact Staffordshire Victim Gateway.


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