Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is any unreasonable behaviour or action that interferes with a resident’s quiet enjoyment of their home or which adversely affects the quality of life of people within the local community.
Section 1 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines ASB as “behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more people who are not in the same household as the perpetrator”. This definition reinforces the idea that ASB is to some extent dependant on the tolerance and perception of the person affected.
ASB can encompass a wide range of activities, from those that cause minor nuisance or irritation to major incidents of harassment, threats or actual acts of violence.
For enquiries relating to ASB you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 01926 456010.
What the council can do to help with anti-social behaviour
You need to know what you can expect from us if you are experiencing anti-social behaviour. Antisocial behaviour minimum standards (86kb, PDF)
With the information you provide we can take steps to tackle anti-social behaviour including:
- Sending advisory letters about problems at specific locations
- Sending warning letters to the individual involved (or their parents) warning them about their behaviour
- Issuing Acceptable Behaviour Contracts to individuals to stop unacceptable behaviour
- Issuing Parental Responsibility Contracts to parents to prevent their children’s unacceptable behaviour
- Community Protection Notice, this can be served on you by either the Council or Police to prevent anti-social activity.
- Closure Power, to quickly close any premises being used to commit nuisance.
- Helping to secure Orders from the Court including: Parenting Orders - to ensure that parents take responsibility for their children’s actions; Criminal Behaviour Order - this can be served by the Court’s on anyone convicted of an offence or breaching a Community Protection Notice.
What you can do
- Be responsible for your own household and ensure you do not cause problems
- Look out for your neighbours
- Look after your neighbourhood
- Record any incidents of nuisance and report them to the appropriate agency
The Community Trigger was introduced in the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, and gives victims and communities the right to require action is taken where an ongoing problem or issue has not been addressed. It is designed to ensure that any report is being dealt with and that there has been an appropriate response.
Any individual, business or community group can initiate a community trigger to review a case if they meet the below criteria: Either
- You have reported the same incident three or more times in the past six months. Or
- A minimum of five people have reported the same incident in the past six months.
How to activate the Community Trigger
You can activate the trigger either by completing the community trigger referral form (Word document) and emailing it to email@example.com or by writing to the Anti-Social Behaviour Officer at: Warwick District Council, Health & Community Protection, Riverside House, Milverton Hill, Leamington Spa, CV32 5HZ.
A written application needs to include full details of the incident such as date, time, individuals involved and which agency it was reported to.
What happens next
Receipt of your form will be acknowledged within four working days and a decision taken as to whether you meet the criteria for the Community Trigger. If you do not meet the criteria to activate the Community Trigger this decision will be verified by the Case Management Group and notification of this decision issued.
If you do meet the criteria your details will be passed to the lead agency who will review the case. Once the review is completed the result will be confirmed by the Case Management Group and the applicant notified of the outcome and any agreed actions.
The review process should be completed within twenty eight working days from the date the lead agency receive the trigger.
If you are not happy with the outcome of the review or a decision that you do not meet the criteria you can appeal to the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Trigger Annual Report
Warwick District Council publishes annually the number of Community Triggers it has received.
For the period October 2016 to September 2017 Warwick District Council received 2 applications to activate the Community Trigger.
- November 2016 - request to activate the trigger refused as the problem identified was not anti-social behaviour but a parking/traffic problem.
- June 2017 - request to activate the trigger refused as the number of reported incidents did not meet the criteria, however Police contacted the applicant and dealt with the problem..
Information for council tenants
The Anti-Social Behaviour Act of 2003 places a requirement on local authority landlords to publish a statement of policy and a summary of procedures explaining how it deals with anti-social behaviour for council tenants.
- ASB Statement of Policy and Procedures (54kb, PDF)
- ASB Summary of Current Policy and Procedures (67kb, PDF)
The council receives complaints about ball games, especially in spring and summer. Our guidance notes on football and ball games (161kb, PDF) gives more information and advice about the council's position.