Anti Social Behaviour

Anti-Social behaviour is any activity which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people not of the same household. Some of the more common forms of anti-social behaviour

• Substance misuse i.e. dealing or using drugs in the street
• Drinking alcohol on the streets
• Acting in an aggressive and intimidating way
• Animal related problems e.g. not properly restraining your dog in a public place
• Aggressive begging
• Prostitution
• Abandoned vehicles
• Vehicle nuisance such as revving car engines, wheel spinning and mini-motos
• Noisy behaviour in quiet streets
• Graffiti, vandalism and littering
• Fireworks misuse
• Neighbourly disputes
• Unacceptable behaviour
• Setting off fireworks late at night
• General drunken behaviour (which is rowdy or inconsiderate)
• Hoax calls
• Hate crime, which includes bullying and abusive behaviour because of someone’s race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or a disability
• Use of an imitation weapon like a BB Gun in a public place

Some of the anti-social behaviour described above is a criminal offence, such as criminal damage or drug dealing, and this can result in arrest and prosecution.

Is it really anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour does mean different things to different people and many of the complaints made to the police are often not cases of anti-social behaviour.

For example, a group of young people meeting on a street corner is not anti-social. However, if they started to let off fireworks, damage property or be abusive to residents then this behaviour is anti-social.

If in doubt, the police and council are here to help. To contact the police please call the non-emergency number 101 and ask for advice.

It’s not just young people

There is a common misconception that it is just young people who commit anti-social behaviour, but in fact there are many adults who are abusive, reckless and commit these offences. This makes other members of the community feel threatened and unsafe.

Anti-social behaviour at any age is not acceptable and will not be tolerated by the police or local authorities.

Durham Constabulary understands the devastating consequences Anti-Social Behaviour can have within our communities and has both a ‘Vulnerable Victims Policy’ and an ‘Offender Escalation Policy’. Both documents detail how the Police and our partners from Durham County Council and Darlington Borough Council will work together to protect  vulnerable and repeat victims and deal with the perpetrators of Anti-Social Behaviour.