Tackling anti-social behaviour
Anti-social behaviour can have a negative effect on the quality of life of individuals and communities. It is therefore important to report your concerns about anti-social behaviour you are experiencing at an early stage.
What is anti-social behaviour?
The term anti-social behaviour (ASB) is used to describe a wide range of inconsiderate and nuisance behaviour, such as excessive noise, graffiti, littering and disputes with neighbours. While this type of behaviour may not, in itself, be a criminal offence, it can have an effect on the quality of life of individuals and communities. It is therefore important to report your concerns about anti-social behaviour you are experiencing at an early stage, before a problem appears to be getting needlessly out of control.
Who can help?
Local councils, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Housing Associations, private landlords and police all have a role in tackling the range of behaviours which people often consider as anti-social and this can make it difficult to identify who you should contact for help.
Local Councils have responsibility for noise nuisance, disputes about high hedges, litter and illegal dumping, graffiti, fly posting, dog fouling, dog nuisance, stray dogs and abandoned vehicles.
Northern Ireland Housing Executive
The Housing Executive has responsibility for noisy or disruptive tenants, neglected dwellings/gardens, use of premises for illegal purposes, use of premises for business purposes and neighbourhood disputes.
- Telephone: 034 4892 0900
- Northern Ireland Housing Executive (contacts section)
Police Service for Northern Ireland
Some behaviours which people consider anti-social may involve criminal activity and where this is the case, the police should be notified. They have responsibility for motoring offences, drunken and rowdy behaviour in a public place, criminal damage, assaults, theft, intimidation, harassment, drug use/dealing, and hate crime.
- Telephone: 084 5600 8000
- Police Service of Northern Ireland (contacts section)
What you can do to help
When reporting anti-social behaviour it is useful if you can provide the as many details as possible as these will help to decide the most appropriate and proportionate action to deal with your case. These include:
- as much information as possible about the incident (location, time, description of those involved, if this has happened before);
- if you are worried about your own safety or your family’s safety;
- if you think the incident was aggravated by any other factors such as sectarian or racial abuse, any form of hostility such as homophobia or based on disability;
- details of any witnesses of the incident;
- the impact the incident has had on you; and
- your contact details
Policing and Community Safety Partnerships
Policing and Community Safety Partnerships (PCSPs) also have a role in working with statutory organisations and communities to address anti-social behaviour in your local area. To find out more about their work, contact your local PCSP.