What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour comes in lots of forms; it can be anything from throwing stones to shouting and swearing in public or from littering to riding bikes/scooters without consideration for others.  It can be the behaviour of one person on their own or a group of several people. 

Any behaviour that is unreasonable and that is likely to be a nuisance to someone else, affecting their quality of life will probably be considered to be anti-social behaviour. 

What’s the harm? 

Often, incidents of anti-social behaviour might seem minor and you may not recognise how it affects others but it can have a huge impact on others.  Anti-social behaviour often results in members of the community ending up not wanting to live in their home or being fearful of leaving it to go out in the area, especially those that are the most vulnerable such as the elderly or those with mental health problems or learning difficulties for example.

Dealing with problems like graffiti or damage to property are often expensive to fix and that’s another reason that the police and the council work closely together to tackle anti-social behaviour.  There are lots of potential consequences for you and your family if you involve yourself in anti-social behaviour – find out more about those here.

Greater Manchester Police have produced the video below which shows some of the impact of anti-social behaviour that you may not have considered.


Produced for Greater Manchester Police, Produced and Directed by Matt Barraclough, DP and FX by Tim Follin, Steadicam by Ben Gordon, Make up Leanne Cable, Music by Paul Davies 

If you’ve been a victim of anti-social behaviour (or any crime), you can get support from Got Your Back, Derbyshire’s specialist victim support service for young people.  Check their website out here for more information.



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