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News article entitled Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week 2021

Anti-social Behaviour Awareness Week 2021

Published: 19/07/2021

Today marks the start of Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday 25 July.

The ASB, Crime and Policing Act 2014 defines ASB as: “Conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person, or conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation of residential premises.”

The term is used to describe actions that unreasonably interfere with or could interfere with an occupier’s normal use and enjoyment of their home, garden or neighbourhood. 

Ashford Borough Council works closely with other services including Kent Police, Kent County Council, Kent Fire and Rescue Service as well as a number of other organisations within the Community Safety Partnership. Its aim is to reduce crime and the fear of crime, sharing information and taking co-ordinated action against anti-social behaviour, such as the partnership’s recent visit to Kennington

Anti-social behaviour can include a wide range of activities such as; noise nuisance, drunkenness, dealing or taking drugs, graffiti, damage to property and the environment, fly-tipping and harassment. Nuisance can escalate if not dealt with, and this can erode people’s sense of attachment to where they live. Find out more about ASB.

How to report ASB

If you are experiencing ASB please let us know via our reporting form. You can find this on our website or download the Your Ashford app to your smart device:

Report it on our website

Download the Your Ashford app

If the anti-social behaviour you are experiencing is of a criminal nature it needs to be reported to Kent Police directly. This can be done by calling their 101 number or by using their online reporting tool.

In emergencies, always call 999. 

Portfolio holder for Community Safety and Wellbeing, Cllr Feacey, said: “This week provides an opportunity to highlight the work our Community Safety Partnership does and to remind residents how they can report such incidents to us. 

“We will continue to work with our partners to review and combat anti-social behaviour to enable everyone to enjoy the community they live in.”