Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is defined as that which “caused or is likely to cause harassment, alarm and distress to one or more persons not of the same household” (Crime and Disorder Act 1998). It includes behaviour which causes harm to:
- the environment
- the community
- an individual
Examples of ASB include:
- disruptive or noisy neighbours
- drinking or drug use which causes a disturbance
- large groups causing harm or distress in public spaces
- littering e.g. fly-tipping, drugs paraphernalia
- vehicle related ASB e.g. abandoning a vehicle, inappropriate driving or use of vehicles
- owning animals which cause a disturbance e.g. barking, fouling, intimidating behaviour
Reporting ASB in Wiltshire
If the ASB is causing immediate and serious harm, call 999.
For ASB relating to non-urgent criminal damage, call 101.
Other types of ASB can be reported to the Vulnerable Communities team within Wiltshire Council. If you email firstname.lastname@example.org, a ASB diary log sheet will be sent to you to record any instances of ASB. You can contact the team or return this form to the same address.
Alternatively, for environmental issues, contact the Environmental Protection Team
For residential issues, contact the housing provider in your area. You can find a list and contact details on the Wiltshire Council website.
Community Trigger process
If you feel that there has not been enough action taken as a result of an ASB report that you’ve made, you can start a Community Trigger. This means the case will be reviewed by agencies who have a responsibility to tackle ASB problems.
You can find out more about the Community Trigger process on the Wiltshire Council website.
Other websites relating to ASB are:
- Wiltshire Council website: information the types of ASB and more detail on how this is tackled in Wiltshire
- Crimestoppers: information about ASB and how to report it anonymously
- ASB Help: a charity offering support and advice to victims of ASB, and people working with them
- Victim Support: downloadable resources and related links for support for victims of ASB