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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that can make a person's life a misery - from litter and vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours.

Anti-social behaviour is defined as:

“Behaviour by a person which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the person”.

(Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 & Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011).

The term covers a wide range of unacceptable activity that blights the lives of many people on a daily basis. It often leaves victims feeling helpless, desperate and with a seriously reduced quality of life. Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also often used to describe this type of behaviour.

What are North Yorkshire Police doing to prevent anti-social behaviour?

Perceived levels of anti-social behaviour within North Yorkshire are lowest of all police forces within the Yorkshire and Humber Region and the county has the highest percentage rating (68%) where police and the local council are seen as dealing with the ASB and crime issues that matter in the local area. Tackling anti-social behaviour is a key priority in the majority of our force neighbourhoods. Failure to tackle anti-social behaviour will lead to increased crime, especially violence with injury and criminal damage.

We target key anti-social behaviour hotspots, identified through intelligence and previous patrols. Officers conduct high-visibility patrols, and we also work alongside partners including local councils, Neighbourhood Watch schemes, community safety partnerships and others, to educate people and create initiatives to prevent anti-social behaviour from reoccurring.

Operation Erase was launched in the spring of 2015 which is a joint operation with British Transport Police to send a strong message that alcohol-related anti-social behaviour on trains, at York station and in the city centre is unacceptable.

Under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014, we work with agencies to guide them on what approaches they can take to tackle anti-social behaviour in their area. We work with agencies and the public to enforce two measures called Community Remedy and Community Trigger which essentially reviews the way anti-social behaviour has been dealt with.