Anti-social behaviour

What is anti-social behaviour, our approach and how to report it

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of unacceptable acts that can damage the quality of life for individuals and communities.

The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 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 [as the defendant].’

Examples could include: 

  • Nuisance, rowdy or inconsiderate neighbours
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • Street drinking
  • 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

If you think you may have been a victim of a crime or anti-social behaviour (ASB) you can report it in the following ways:

Police
Dial 101 (non-emergency) or 999 (emergency). Not sure when it's an emergency? Visit the Hampshire Constabulary website for details.

Crimestoppers
If you want to report an incident anonymously, call 0800 555 111 or visit the Crimestoppers' website.

Eastleigh Borough Council
We are not able to take direct reports of ASB, all complaints must be made to Hampshire Police. Please call them on 101.

Registered Social Landlord
If you are a tenant of a Registered Social Landlord, contact your housing provider regarding ASB issues.

If you are a victim or witness of anti-social behaviour, you can give evidence but stay anonymous. A police officer or other professional witness (e.g. a council official, health worker, teacher or doctor) can also give evidence in court on behalf of a vulnerable witness.


Our approach to anti-social behaviour
We believe in an early intervention approach to ASB that avoids unnecessarily drawing young people into the criminal justice system. We adopt an approach that gives people the opportunity to change their behaviour. We do, however, deal robustly with repeated or serious behaviour that damages peoples quality of life.