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Anti-social behaviour

What is anti-social behaviour (ASB)?

Anti-social behaviour is any activity that impacts on other people in a negative way. Selfish and unacceptable behaviour can blight people's quality of community life and we are committed to tackling it.

Examples of anti-social behaviour include:
  • nuisance neighbours
  • rowdy and nuisance behaviour
  • yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • people dealing and buying drugs on the street
  • people dumping rubbish and abandoning cars
  • begging and anti-social drinking
  • the misuse of fireworks
  • the misuse of mini-motos (Download: Off-road motorbikes: Anti-social behaviour, safety and the law - PDF)

For advice on noise nuisance, click here.


What are the police doing to tackle anti-social behaviour?

West Midlands Police take anti-social behaviour very seriously because it can have such a terrible impact on people's daily lives.

We take various measures to deal with anti-social behaviour, from imposing fines and making arrests to confiscating vehicles and working with the council to tackle so-called 'problem families'.

The measures we take differ but the solution we look for is the same - to stop the behaviour and enhance the quality of life in our neighbourhoods.

Measures that can be used by the police and other agencies include:

  • Warning letters and interviews, contacts and agreements
  • Fixed penalty notices and penalty notices for disorder
  • Civil injunctions, Acceptable Behaviour Orders (ABO) and Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBO)
  • Closure of premises (residential and licenced)s
  • Public Space Protection Orders

Action may be initiated by a number of agencies including the police, local authorities, registered social landlords, housing trusts and youth offending teams.

Download our advice leaflet on anti-social behaviour here (click to pdf on current website)

How do I report ASB?

If you are experiencing anti-social behaviour in your area you can contact your local police station to discuss your concerns and work towards a lasting solution to your problem. There are several ways in which you can report anti-social behaviour to us:

  • By telephone - call 101 and ask to be put through to your local police station. To find the details of your local police station enter your postcode into the 'Your local police' section of the West Midlands Police website
  • In person - you can report your concerns to us by attending the front office of your local police station, or by attending your local neighbourhood tasking meeting. Details of these meetings can be found on our website or by phoning the above number. These meetings enable members of the community to meet with local officers to discuss issues of concern and have a real influence on local policing priorities.

Your neighbourhood officers genuinely appreciate how anti-social behaviour can seriously impact upon your quality of life. By working together we can find sustainable solutions to problems and help create neighbourhoods that are safe for everyone.

Click here for a link to the government advice around tackling anti-social behaviour:

More information on Anti-social behaviour