The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as "behaviour that is likely to cause alarm, harassment or distress to one or more persons not of the same household".
There are many types of behaviour that could be deemed as being anti-social. Different types of behaviour will have differing levels of impact where and when it is conducted.
Examples of typical anti-social behaviour are:
- Loutish behaviour
- Nuisance neighbours
- Dog fouling (see our dog fouling page)
- Litter/fly tipping
- Abandoned vehicles
- Alcohol misuse
- Ball games
- Dogs barking
- Gathering of youths
- Underage drinking
- irresponsibly bonfires
The council has made bylaws with respect to certain pleasure grounds and open spaces in the borough [pdf] 557KB and bylaws preventing the playing of ball games and preventing skateboarding and roller skating at Stanhope Square [pdf] 140KB, Ashford in order to try and reduce anti social behaviour.
If you are experiencing problems of anti social behaviour it is important for the Community Safety Unit to know so that we can take steps to identify and eliminate problems and improve quality of life.
How to report anti-social behaviour
You can report anti-social behaviour to the council online.
If you are a council tenant and are affected by anti-social behaviour, Housing Services will be able to help. Please visit dealing with tenant anti-social behaviour for further information.
Contacting the Community Safety Unit
01233 330891 or 330892*
*Please note that this line is not manned 24 hours but does have an answer phone for you to leave messages. The messages will be dealt with the next working day.
Anti Social Behaviour Officer
Community Safety Unit
3rd Floor, Police Station
Kent TN23 1BT
Visit Kent Police website and enter your postcode to find out who your local beat officer is, their contact details as well as crime maps, surgeries and priorities.
Community Safety Partnership
The Community Safety Partnership works together to reduce crime and the fear of crime and shares information to take a co-ordinated action against anti-social behaviour.