|Anti Social Behaviour
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 introduced the first of the Government’s ground breaking innovations in the fight against anti-social behaviour – the ASBO. Since then a wide range of other tools and powers have been introduced. To mention just a few, powers to seize and crush mini motors and the greater powers that have been given to landlords to deal with nuisance and anti-social tenants which has made our neighbourhood a more pleasant place to live.
Anti-social behaviour is not necessarily criminal, but a term used to describe a range of behaviours and actions, some being criminal and others non-criminal. What these definitions all have in common however is the way in which they can all effect people's quality of life, raise concern and increase fear of crime.
There are over 40 definitions in total that the government have categorised as behaviours and activities deemed anti-social. These definitions are grouped into four main categories which are:
1) Misuse of public space (including presence of drug dealers or users, setting vehicles alight and soliciting)
2) Disregard for community/ personal well being (including noisy neighbours, arson and inappropriate use of fireworks)
3) Acts directed at people (includes various forms of intimidation and harassment such as verbal abuse and nuisance phone calls)
4) Environmental damage (including graffiti, damage to street furniture and fly tipping)