What is anti-social behaviour?
It is behaviour that upsets, annoys or hurts other people, or damages property. Such behaviour can have extreme negative impacts on people's lives. It can take many forms, some more serious than others. Some examples include:
· Thoughtless behaviour, such as making too much noise
· Dumping rubbish or cars, or not keeping pets under control
· Offensive drunkenness, abusing drugs
· Graffiti, vandalism or damage to property
· Criminal behaviour, such as selling drugs or prostitution
· Attacking or threatening people
· Harassing someone because of their age, gender, sexuality, race, religion, disability or any other reason
· Domestic abuse
Being a good neighbour and helping to reduce anti-social behaviour
We want to help create safe and secure communities where residents want to live. Most of us get on with our neighbours most of the time, but sometimes our relationships with our neighbours can become strained. We realise that even one person behaving in an anti-social manner can ruin the enjoyment of a home.
If the problem is serious, you feel in any way threatened or if you cannot work out a solution with your neighbours, then you can report the problem to Victory. What we can do will depend on how serious the problem is. If a serious crime is involved then you should contact the police.
Dealing with less serious cases
In cases where the level of anti-social behaviour is minor, the best approach is often to monitor the situation and then take further action if the problem continues.
Less serious cases of anti-social behaviour include:
· Verbal abuse
· Damage to property
· Nuisance from vehicles
· Boundary disputes
· Nuisance from businesses
· Rubbish and misuse of communal areas
On most occasions discussions with the person causing the problem will lead to an improvement. Sometimes we may offer mediation to help deal with lifestyle or personality differences where we cannot be sure who is at fault. This involves using an independent person to help you and the other person to come to an agreement on how to behave in the future.
We will work with you and your neighbours to resolve the problem in a way that will help you live together peacefully. However, we do understand that these minor problems can be very upsetting. If the problem cannot be resolved in this way, we will consider taking further action to stop the nuisance.
Dealing with more serious cases
Where there is a serious case of anti-social behaviour, Victory will take swift legal action. Serious cases of anti-social behaviour include:
· Violent or criminal behaviour
· Drug dealing
· Racial harassment
· Domestic Abuse
We will also consider legal action to tackle less serious problems if all other approaches have failed to stop a nuisance and there is little likelihood of the behaviour improving. In all cases we can only take legal action if there is enough evidence to prove to a court of law that a nuisance is being caused.
If you have been affected by anti-social behaviour (ASB) and would like further support or advice please contact a member of our Customer Services Team on 0330 123 1860.