What is Anti-Social
Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of unacceptable
activity that causes harm to an individual, to their community or
to their environment. This could be an action by someone else that
leaves you feeling alarmed, harassed or distressed. It also
includes fear of crime or concern for public safety, public
disorder or public nuisance.
Examples of Anti-Social Behaviour include:
- Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
- Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
- Drinking alcohol in a public place
- Environmental damage including littering, dumping of rubbish
and abandonment of cars
- Prostitution related activity
- Begging and vagrancy
- Fireworks misuse
- Inconsiderate or inappropriate use of vehicles
- Intimidating gatherings of young people
- Uncontrolled Animals
- Noise nuisance
How to Report ASB
If you are experiencing problems with ASB, have any concerns
about it, or other community safety issues, you can report it to
Bedford Borough Council using the Report it form or by contacting
the relevant Council department listed below, you can also report
ASB to the police.
If you live in rented accommodation you may also be able to
access help and support by contacting your landlord or housing
Contacting the Council
Bedford Borough Council can offer assistance with lots of
different types of ASB which have an impact on the environment that
you live in such as: vandalism, graffiti, fly-posting, and
littering, illegal dumping of rubbish, dog fowling, and abandonment
of cars. They may also be able to help with neighbour disputes
involving an activity that is damaging to health or a nuisance.
This is known as a statutory Nuisance.
This could include:
- Noise (including loud music and barking dogs)
- Artificial light (except street lamps)
- Dust, steam, smell or insects from business premises
- Smoke, fumes or gases
- A build-up of rubbish that could harm health
Reports of anti-social behaviour can be sent to Bedford Borough
Council using the 'Report
it form' on our website or by contacting the relevant
department as detailed below.
Contacting the Police
You should call the police if the offender:
- is violent, threatening or abusive;
- is harassing you particularly if the harassment is sexual, or
because of your sexuality, religion or ethnic background;
- is breaching the peace (being disorderly in the street or
making a lot of noise)
- is driving vehicles dangerously or inappropriately;
- is making you feel alarmed, harassed or distressed by taking
part in prostitution, begging or sleeping rough;
- is causing nuisance by street drinking or committing an offence
by drinking in an alcohol-free zone;
- is breaking the law in any other way
- is at serious risk of causing harm to themselves or others or -
if you suspect this.
Call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger, or if
you think there is a crime in progress.
Call 101 to contact the police if the incident is not an
You can contact your local neighbourhood policing
team directly to report anti-social behaviour.
Who Can Help?
Bedford Borough Council will work closely with Partners
to offer advice and support to local victims of Anti-Social
If you are a tenant of a Registered Social Landlord (RSL) please
remember that in relation to nuisance neighbour issues your first
point of call should be your local housing estate officer.
If you feel that your complaint has not been followed up
appropriately by your landlord, Bedford Borough Council can contact
your RSL for feedback.
Links to local information and advice:
This leaflet is available to download.
What are the possible remedies available to the Community
Safety Partnership in relation to ASB?
Below are a few examples of the remedies or actions that members
of the Community Safety Partnership may be able to take or put in
place in relation ASB.
- Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs, ASBOs,
- Environmental Improvements such as fencing
- Section 30 Dispersal Orders
- Designated Public Place Orders
- Parenting Support Sessions
- Environmental Health Action
- Restorative Justice Interventions
- Premises Closure Notices for ASB
Other Partners and Agencies may also use the following tools to
tackle ASB problems:
- Enforcement of tenancy conditions –
- Demoted Tenancy Orders – Landlords
- Injunctions – Landlords
- Closure of Premises for Class A Drugs –
Landlords working with the Police
- Child Safety Orders – Bedford Borough Council
(Children, Schools and Families)
- Parenting Orders – Bedford Borough Council
(Youth Offending Team or Children, Schools and
Please remember that the actions or remedies taken must be
appropriate to the problem identified and not all of the above
actions may be suitable every time.
What can I expect when making a report of ASB?
The complainant’s co-operation is critical to success in
tackling ASB and in some cases complainants may need to go to court
as witnesses. Bedford Borough Council Officers and local Police
Officers can help complainants to develop their capacity to act as
a witness by building their understanding and confidence from the
earliest stages of a complaint.
The Partnership aims to:
- Quickly and formally acknowledge every report
of anti social behaviour
- Investigate reports at the earliest possible
time after receipt of the complaint form and conduct investigations
with all reasonable speed
- Complete a risk assessment for your case
- Where appropriate provide complainants with
carefully explained and easy to complete diary sheets
- Check completed diary sheets to make sure
entries are competed correctly
- When needed give on-going support to
complainants and witnesses
- Agree a programme to keep in contact with the
complainant and where appropriate provide feedback on the progress
of the investigation (within data protection restrictions)
- Consider any special needs to witnesses such
as translators and extra security measures on their property
- Refer them to other specialist agencies who
may be able to provide further assistance and support i.e. Victim
Support and the Bobby Van Scheme
- Assist in providing transport to and from
court if necessary and stay with them throughout their involvement
at court if they wish
- Formally advise complainants when it has been
decided that no further action will be taken and the case has been
How can I find out about what’s going on in my area?
Each Safer Neighbourhood area holds a Community Safety Forum
which discusses and sets priorities for tackling local community
safety and ASB issues. Feedback about recent activity carried out
in your local area will be provided at the forum.
Alternatively please contact the Council’s Anti Social Behaviour
Co-ordinator on 01234 276037 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Right of Complaint to Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
If you feel that your ASB complaint has not be dealt with
appropriately please contact 01234 718455.