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Anti social behaviour

1. What is anti social behaviour?

The term anti social behaviour covers a wide range of issues from crime and serious nuisance to less severe but frequent and annoying behaviour. It includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public disorder or nuisance. Anti social behaviour has a negative impact on the quality of life of the victims and on the environments in which communities live.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti social behaviour as 'behaviour which causes harassment, alarm or distress'.

Because anti social behaviour is so wide ranging, we have set down guidelines to work from. How we deal with anti social behaviour will depend not only on what type of behaviour it is but also on the frequency, severity and impact on those reporting.

We are committed to promoting a safe and secure environment so that residents are able to live peacefully in their own communities. The Buckinghamshire Community Safety Partnership combines a wide variety of agencies across the public and voluntary sector, working together to tackle anti social behaviour.

What is not anti social behaviour?

Personal differences, family disputes and everyday living noise (children playing or the opening and closing of doors) are not anti social behaviour. Because it is so wide ranging, we have set guidelines to work from. How we deal with anti social behaviour will depend not only on what type of behaviour it is but also on the frequency, severity and impact.

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Last updated: 7 March 2017

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