What is anti-social behaviour?
What is anti-social behaviour and what are the channels for reporting?
The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 formally defines anti-social behaviour as: "Acting in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household."
Examples of anti-social behaviour include:
- Nuisance neighbours
- Rowdy and nuisance behaviour
- Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
- Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- People dealing and buying drugs on the street
- People dumping rubbish and abandoning cars
- Begging and anti-social behaviour
- The misuse of fireworks
Actions that will not be investigated:
- Someone parking opposite your driveway
- Not being able to park outside your house
- Children playing outside in the street or communal areas or socially gathering unless they are swearing or being intimidating.
- Children playing ball games unless they are intimidating or causing damage
Our minimum standards for dealing with anti-social behaviour
As part of our continued commitment to address anti-social behaviour and the perception that anti-social behaviour is a problem in the area, in partnership we will:
- Work to ensure reporting anti-social behaviour is as easy as possible. Take all reports seriously, by recording and investigating all cases, and keep victims informed of action taken.
- Ensure that all victims and witnesses are treated fairly, with dignity and respect; listen to victims and provide ongoing support where appropriate, particularly to those victims considered vulnerable.
- Provide practical support in partnership with victim support agencies to address victims’ needs.
- Share relevant information and intelligence on anti-social behaviour with partners; analyse information to identify repeat victimisation, known perpetrators and affected parties and respond speedily to such intelligence.
- Tell the public what we are doing to tackle anti-social behaviour so they have the confidence to report issues, offer the community feedback through community forums and encourage residents to play their part in reducing anti social behaviour.
- Ensure that the Epping Forest District Safer Communities Partnership provide suitable routes via which communities or individuals can raise concerns when it is considered that anti-social behaviour is not being tackled positively.
- Through education and early intervention, work to reduce and where possible prevent anti-social behaviour and the perception that anti-social behaviour is a problem in our communities.
Report anti-social behaviour
- Tenants of Epping Forest District Council properties should contact their Housing Officer
- All other incidents should be reported to the Safer Communities Team
For more information please see related links at the bottom of the page.
How to apply for an ASB Case Review (Community Trigger)
If you have reported anti-social behaviour to the council, police or registered housing provider three or more times in the last 6 months, or one incident of hate crime and do not feel your complaint has been dealt with properly, you can activate the ASB Case Review by using one of the following methods:
- Online - activate your ASB Case Review online (preferred and fastest method)
- Telephone - Epping Forest District Council’s Community Safety Team on 01992 564608
- Letter - request a hard copy form by writing to the contact address below
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit the council information desks and request a copy of the form or download it here: