Antisocial behaviour is any conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person. It can cause fear and anxiety, and degrade the quality of life for individuals, neighbourhoods, or even whole communities.

There is a clear link between this kind of low-level bad behaviour and crime; low-level problems can get worse if not dealt with. Antisocial behaviour can erode people's sense of attachment to where they live, encouraging conditions where crime becomes easier to commit.

It’s not always easy to pinpoint exactly what is and what isn't antisocial behaviour. People's judgement differs about what is acceptable, and a person causing offence may not be aware of it. We generally advise people experiencing low-level problems to first try to talk about the problem with the person causing offence.

Criminal behaviour, such as hate crime, assault, threats or intimidation, theft or damage to property, should always be reported directly to the police.