What is Anti-Social Behaviour?
The Government defines anti-social behaviour as:
"Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that make many people’s lives a misery – from litter and vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours."
(The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014)
If you have been a victim or witness of a crime or anti-social behaviour, but which is not an emergency please report to Police either through 101 - on the understanding that this may take some time to get through - or via their website at:Report a crime | Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary. In an emergency or where life or property is at immediate threat or the incident is in progress please call 999.
You can also report issues of anti-social behaviours directly through to our team using the online ASB Reporting Form on this page. However please be advised that the following scenarios are not areas which we can assist with:
- Noise, light, dust or other environmental nuisance - for these, please contact our Environmental Health Team - https://www.testvalley.gov.uk/housingandenvironmentalhealth/environmental-health-regulatory-service
- Civil or land disputes between neighbours
- Parking (including badly parked vehicles)
- Children playing including ball games
- Neighbours doing DIY (at reasonable times of the day)
- Groups of people in the street or in parks (unless they are being abusive, causing damage or committing other crimes)
- Religious or cultural practices
- Cooking smells or similar
- Drug related issues.
- Personal lifestyle differences
- Issues taking place on privately owned land.
- 'One off' issues unless they are of a particularly serious nature
- or other criminal matters which should be reported to the Police.
The list is not exclusive but gives an indication of where we may not be able to take action, although we may be able to offer advice and guidance. We will always explain if we cannot intervene and may direct you to other agencies/departments who may be better able to help with the problem.
We can best support you if you provide details of the times, dates, locations and of what took place, with evidence and/or corroborating independent witnesses willing to support your reports. The ASB Diary forms on this page can be printed to be used to this effect, and can be provided to us once completed in support.
How Do We Tackle Anti-Social Behaviour?
Information on how we tackle Anti-Social Behaviour
Depending on whether the individual is a juvenile or adult, and the nature and persistence of their anti-social behaviour, we can:
- Serve warning letters on the individual
- Work with other support services in engaging with the individual to try to resolve issues which may be the underlying cause of their behaviour
- Establish Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC) with the individual
Or in extreme and/or persistant cases we can:
- Seek other remedies including eviction orders where the person is a tenant of a housing association or registered social landlord
- Obtain a Civil Injunction
- Apply to the Courts for an Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)
- Apply for absolute grounds of possession
We take all reported incidents of anti-social behaviour seriously and will not hesitate to use the full range of options available, if necessary, to tackle the problem. However, enforcement action is not always the answer. The Test Valley Partnership aims to utilise all suitable methods of intervention, including referrals to specialist services and agencies, before resorting to actions which may result in an individual entering the criminal justice system prematurely.
Community Safety Team
The Test Valley Community Safety Team is made up of two council Community Safety Officers.
Together the team investigate reports of Anti-Social behaviour and take appropriate action against those responsible.
They work with:-
- Individuals or groups causing anti-social behaviour
- Repeat victims of anti-social behaviour
- Locations where anti-social behaviour is becoming an issue
For emergencies please telephone 999 or for non-urgent crime or anti-social behaviour please call 101.
For more information please contact the Community Engagement Manager on 01264 368000.