Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

Antisocial behaviour (ASB)

Anti-social behaviour is defined by law as "behaviour by a person which causes, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to persons not of the same household".

However, in some cases, activities may be classed as ASB if they cause nuisance and annoyance only.

Reporting Antisocial behaviour

Always call 999 if you or someone else is in immediate danger or if a crime is in progress

Antisocial behaviour may include the following issues;

  • Aggressive Begging
  • Drug Abuse
  • Gangs
  • Harassment, intimidation and threatening behaviour both verbal and physical
  • Hate Crime
  • Illegal/Immoral use of property
  • Neighbor Nuisance
  • Youth ASB
  • Criminal damage (excluding graffiti)

Criminal Offences should always be reported to the police

If you live in social housing, contact your housing association first. They can help with issues such as neighbour disputes, untidy gardens, boundary disagreements, noise nuisance and tenancy breaches.

Report anti-social behaviour using our online form

       When you report antisocial behaviour, it is useful if you can explain:

  • what is being done
  • who is doing it
  • when it happened (dates and times)
  • how often it has happened

Preventing and combatting antisocial behaviour 

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

Reporting Noise Nuisance / Environmental

Please follow the links below to report Noise nuisance or Environmental crimes.

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 antisocial 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 antisocial 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.