Anti-social behaviour can cover a wide range of situations ranging from minor neighbour disputes arising from a difference in life styles to serious criminal behaviour. You can help reduce anti-social behaviour in your area.

To describe anti-social behaviour we refer to the following broad definitions as found in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, the Housing Act 1996 and the ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014:

  • conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person,
  • conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person's occupation of residential premises, or;
  • conduct capable of causing housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person. (ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014)
Examples of ASBNot considered ASB
  • Excessive noise (especially late at night)
  • Threatening or swearing at neighbours
  • Criminal activity
  • Nuisance caused by animals
  • Vandalism
  • Assault or physical violence including domestic violence
  • Dumping of litter or rubbish
  • Racist or homophobic abuse or graffiti
  • People mowing their lawns or carrying out other garden maintenance at reasonable times and frequency
  • People vacuuming or using other domestic appliances at reasonable times and frequency
  • People carrying out DIY repairs at reasonable times
  • Noise generated by everyday living, i.e. walking across laminate flooring wearing shoes
  • Cooking Smells
  • Children playing in their homes or in the locality of their home or a designated playing area. Children playing ball games is normally not considered to be anti-social behaviour
  • Some parking issues

You can help reduce anti-social behaviour in your area

  • report all incidents of anti-social behaviour to us in order that we can monitor the situation and prioritise our patrols accordingly.
  • report any criminal activity to the Police
  • support the Neighbourhood Watch Scheme in your area
  • attend local community meetings
  • in an emergency or if a crime is in progress, always call 999
  • join our anti-social behaviour customer focus group. If you are interested please  Email the Anti-Social Behaviour Team at Basildon Council who can give you more details.