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Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

Anti-social behaviour is any kind of behaviour that causes alarm, harassment or distress such as:

  • Harassment, intimidation and threatening behaviour - both verbal and physical
  • Criminal damage, vandalism and graffiti
  • Noise nuisance from people, pets and vehicles
  • Environmental crimes such as dog fouling, fly-tipping and littering

Reporting anti-social behaviour

Always call 999 in emergencies: i.e., where a crime is in progress and an immediate threat or danger is present.

Incident type Report to Action
Emergency or crime in progress Northants Police Call 999
Harassment, intimidation and threatening behaviour Northants Police  Report online
or call 101
Criminal damage (excluding graffiti) Northants Police  Report online
or call 101 
Noise nuisance Northampton Borough Council E-mail us
or call 0300 330 7000
Environmental (including graffiti) Northampton Borough Council Report online
or call 0300 330 7000

Preventing and combatting anti-social behaviour 

The council works together with its partners to prevent, discourage and combat anti-social behaviour, as well as offer support to victims and witnesses.

The Northampton Anti-Social Behaviour Unit

The Northampton Anti-Social Behaviour Unit is made up of staff representing Northampton Borough Council and Northamptonshire Police.

The aim of the unit is to tackle incidents of anti-social behaviour within the borough of Northampton in order to improve the quality of life of its local communities.

It is also essential that the care and interests of victims are paramount in the whole process and the Northampton Anti-Social Behaviour Unit will endeavour to support all victims and witnesses where possible.

There is a staged approach in dealing with anti-social behaviour from providing intervention with young people and adults in order to prevent and divert their offending behaviour. Legal action is taken if interventions have been unsuccessful or aren't appropriate.

Northampton Community Safety Partnership minimum standards

Northampton Community Safety Partnership's Anti-Social Behaviour strategy details the commitment of the partnership's intent to work and plan together to tackle issues of anti-social behaviour which affect local residents and visitors to Northampton. The strategy recognises that a combination of enforcement and a range of community preventions and rehabilitation programmes, including individually focused initiatives are approaches that work best.