What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
"…acting in a manner that caused or is likely to cause alarm, distress or harassment to one or more persons not of the same household".
Crime and Disorder Act 1998
The term ‘anti-social behaviour’ covers a wide range of activities that are, or are likely to cause alarm or distress to individuals or communities as a whole. As every person is different, so too is their interpretation of what can be classed as anti-social. The definition of ‘anti-social behaviour’ is so broad that it includes many different problems, ranging from graffiti and fly-tipping to harassment and neighbourhood disputes.
If the actions of another are causing you to feel alarmed or harassed, then you may indeed be a victim of anti-social behaviour.
Examples of Anti-Social Behaviour
Abandoned vehicles; Animal problems; Begging; Hoax calls to emergency services; Excessive noise; Verbal harassment; Inconsiderate behaviour from neighbours; Street drinking; Civil disputes; Persistent nuisance; Inappropriate use of a vehicle; Air pollution
Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour
In tackling anti-social behaviour, Dyfed-Powys Police work closely alongside partner agencies to ensure that your quality of life is not affected by the thoughtless, or indeed malicious, actions of another.
Individuals, businesses and communities who have experienced ASB or hate crime or incidents - with a hate crime/incident being regarded as related to a person’s race, religion/belief, sexual orientation, disability or transgender status - can apply for a Community Trigger, which could lead to a review of their case. Applications can also be made on behalf of a victim provided their consent is given.
For a trigger to be successful there is certain criteria that must be met. There needs to have been at least three complaints of ASB made within six months from an individual, at least five complaints of ASB within six months from more than one person within the same locality or one complaint of a hate crime/incident. The complaints could have been made to any of the partnership organisations who work together to address anti-social behaviour including police, local authorities, health boards and registered housing associations.
Anti-social behaviour can occasionally have a huge impact on our communities. There is strong partnership working in place throughout the Force area between the police, local authorities, health boards and registered housing associations is already taking place to address ASB.
The Community Trigger provides victims with a new opportunity to request a review of ASB cases that have been reported where no action has been taken or the action taken is deemed inadequate by the victims.
To request a Community Trigger call 101 for an application form. Notification of whether an application has been successful or not will be received within 20 working days.
The trigger application will be discussed at a multi-agency meeting and if successful an action plan drawn up to deal with the issues raised.