If you feel antisocial behaviour is a problem in your neighbourhood, you can report it to us.
Antisocial behaviour is defined as:
- Any act that causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people not of the same household
Examples of this type of behaviour could include:
- Rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour
- Threatening behaviour or intimidation
- Neighbour nuisance, excluding civil matters
- Littering or drug paraphernalia
- Street drinking and other drug use
- Aggressive begging
- Vehicle nuisance or inappropriate use of vehicles
- Vandalism and criminal damage
We do not regard the following types of behaviour as antisocial behaviour and therefore will not investigate complaints as such:
- People using public facilities during reasonable daytime and evening hours (for example playing in a play park, using a skate ramp or use of a sports pitch) where they are not making excessive noise, obstructing access to public space or causing damage
- Neighbour disputes involving land boundaries or location of waste bins or other civil matters
- Reasonable noise from vehicles on the highway carrying out normal activities
- Reports of inconveniently or illegally parked vehicles on the public highway
- Homeless individuals whereby there are no associated negative behaviours, for example, street begging, street drinking, harassment
If any of the above falls under the remit of another council department or agency, the community safety team will pass the complaint to the other relevant department or seek permission to share the information with an outside agency if applicable.
How to report antisocial behaviour
You can fill in our report antisocial behaviour form below and we will come back to you with how best we can help resolve the issue.
If you are being affected by antisocial behaviour, keep a diary of what is happening. Recording incidents can help to show patterns of behaviour. Make sure you record:
- The day and time the behaviour took place
- Where it happened
- A description of the behaviour
The more evidence we have in your diary, the more chance something can be done.
Further information on reporting antisocial behaviour
You can get in touch with our community safety team using the details below. You will also find helpful information on the Safer North Hampshire website.
For police information on antisocial behaviour, visit the Hampshire Constabulary website. You can also report antisocial behaviour by calling 101.
If the problem relates to a business or activity we license, please see our licensing section for details of how to report it.
Antisocial behaviour case review
You can ask our community safety team and other relevant partners to review their response to complaints of antisocial behaviour. This is called an antisocial behaviour case review.
You can read more about this on our antisocial behaviour case review page.
How we tackle antisocial behaviour
Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs)
An ABC is a voluntary agreement between the person in question and various members of the Community Safety Partnership including Rushmoor Borough Council, the police, registered social landlords and Hampshire County Council.
ABCs are designed to give those involved the chance to admit their actions, and realise the effects they have had on others.
These signed contracts explain that the bad behaviour must stop, and say what may happen if it doesn't. They aren't legally binding, but they can be referred to in court if the behaviour continues.
Community Protection Warnings and Notices (CPW/CPN)
A notice requiring a person aged 16 or over, business or organisation which can require them to stop a certain behaviour. A notice can also contain positive requirements which an individual, business or organisation must carry out. The penalty for breach of a Community Protection Notice is a fixed penalty notice up to £100, or a fine of up to level 4 for individuals, or a fine for businesses.
Closure Notice and Order
A notice and subsequent order allowing the police or council to close premises which are being used, or likely to be used to commit antisocial behaviour. Penalty for breach of a notice is up to three months in prison, and penalty for breach of an order is up to 51 weeks in prison. Breach of either is also liable to an unlimited fine.
Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO)
A CBO is used against those committing serious antisocial behaviour and is aimed at tackling the most serious and persistent offenders. It can be applied for post-conviction in any criminal court. A CBO can include prohibitions for certain behaviours, as well as positive requirements. There is a minimum two-year term, and breaching a CBO is a criminal offence.
Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO)
An order restricting certain types of behaviour in a specific area, allowing police and other authorised officers to request an individual stops doing something. A Fixed Penalty Notice can be issued for breach of this order.