The term anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of selfish
and unacceptable activity that can blight community life.
It's any form of intimidating or destructive activity that damages
or destroys another person's quality of life.
We define it as "engaging in or threatening to engage in,
conduct causing, or likely to cause, a nuisance or annoyance to
persons engaged in lawful activities" and "behaviour that
unreasonably interferes with other people's rights to the use and
enjoyment of their home and community."
Most types of anti-social behaviour fit into one of three
- Street problems e.g, intimidation, begging, public drug
dealing, reckless driving on mini-motorbikes
- Nuisance neighbours e.g, excessive noise, animal-related
problems, harrassment and criminal damage
- Environmental crime e.g, littering, graffiti, vandalism and
Government proposals for change
Reducing anti-social behaviour is a key priority for Essex Police
as well as the government.
In May 2012 the
government published a white paper entitled 'Putting victims first
- more effective responses to anti-social behaviour' which sets out
their plans to introduce more effective measures to tackle
It includes proposals to change the tools and powers available
to police, councils and other agencies who deal with anti-social
If given the green light, the proposal could see the introduction
of community triggers whereby if five or more people make a
complaint that is not followed through, they are able to escalate
it to agencies like Essex Police who will provide a response.
If introduced, the proposals would also see Anti-Social Behaviour
Orders (known as ASBOs) replaced with two new orders - a criminal
behaviour order and a crime prevention injunction.
Both orders seek to offer a speedier and more effective resolution
than the current Anti-Social Behaviour Orders and also look to
address some of the underlying causes of the individual's
Anti-social behaviour orders are still currently used by Essex
Police as a tool to help tackle anti-social behaviour. You can find
out more about them and what they are used for in the video
Anti-social behaviour strategy
Anti-social behaviour can make life unpleasant and lead to more
serious crime so Essex Police has formed a strategy to enhance
its processes and responses to anti-social behaviour.
It emphasises key aspects of anti-social
behaviour incidents from the point of them being reported to
the police, through to attendance, response and quality
As part of the commitment to tackling anti-social behaviour each
Community Safety Partnership (a partnership between the police,
local authorities, probation service, health authorities, the
voluntary sector, local residents and businesses set up to reduce
crime and disorder) has established minimum standards, ensuring victims
are treated fairly and with dignity, practical support is given to
address victims' needs and relevant information and intelligence