Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour

Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) is tackled by a number of agencies including West Oxfordshire District Council, the Police and Social Registered landlords, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, Oxfordshire County Council, Probation Service and Public Health Providers who work together towards swift and positive outcomes for victims.

What is not anti-social behaviour?

You may be concerned by an issue that may not be anti-social behaviour or a matter for the police. These include:

  • Children playing outside, who are not abusive, rowdy or committing a crime
  • On-street parking not causing an obstruction

Report anti-social behaviour

Meaning of anti-social behaviour (Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Bill 2014)

Anti-Social behaviour means

  • Conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person
  • Conduct capable of causing nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person's occupation of residential premises, or
  • Conduct capable of causing housing related nuisance or annoyance to any person.

Anti-social behaviour is a broad term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that make many people's lives a misery, from litter to vandalism, public drunkenness to aggressive dogs, to noise and/or abusive neighbours and/or inconsiderate behaviour.

It is with this approach in mind that the Government has introduced a number of new Anti-Social Behaviour tools and powers which came into effect on 20 October 2014.  Further information on these new powers is available by clicking on the relevant link below. Alongside these new powers there are a number of early and information interventions which we can use if we feel it would be appropriate to reduce the level and impact of the ASB on individuals and communities.

While the Council and other agencies will be able to make use of these new powers in the appropriate situation, guidance and advice will continues to be offered to all victims of ASB.  For further information please contact Environmental Services.

How to report anti-social behaviour

Unless we and our partners know about instances of anti-social behaviour, we cannot begin to tackle them.

We recommend that, in the first instance, you report any general anti-social behaviour to Gloucestershire Police by calling their non-emergency number 101.

If you are a tenant of a housing association, please contact your local housing association manager.

To report graffiti, fly tipping or noise nuisance and get advice on general anti-social behaviour please:

Further information on anti-social behaviour

A Civil Injunction is a new power under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. For more information please:

The Criminal Behaviour Order is a new power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. For more information please:

Dispersal Powers are part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. For more information please:

The Community Protection Notice is a new power under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. For more information please:

The Public Spaces Protection Order is a new power under the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. For more information please:

A Closure Order Remedy is part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. For more information please:

The Community Remedy is part of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.  For more information please:

A brief summary of the early and informal interventions available when addressing incidents of anti-social behaviour.  Please see the following document for more information:

The Community trigger has been introduced as part of the Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and offers the victims of ASB the opportunity to request that their case can be reviewed.  For more information please:

When should I use Community Trigger?

The Community Trigger is for you if you feel that no one is dealing with the anti-social behaviour problems you are experiencing. If you have already reported the problem to West Oxfordshire District Council, Thames Valley Police or the housing provider, the Community Trigger is a way for you to ask us to review your case. It will make sure we work together to try and solve the problem. Your case can be reviewed if you have reported three separate incidents of anti-social behaviour in the last six months.

The Community Trigger is not for making a complaint or reporting new anti-social behaviour cases. If you want to make a complaint about the way in which an organisation has dealt with your case, you should ask them about their complaints procedure.

How do I request a Community Trigger?

You can apply for a Community Trigger response via telephone, email or by post.

  • West Oxfordshire Community Safety Partnership, West Oxfordshire District Council, Elmfield Offices, New Yatt Road, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX28 1PB
  • Tel: 01993 861000 
  • Email: Anti social behaviour team

 

West Oxfordshire District Council
Elmfield
New Yatt Road
Witney
OX28 1PB