Anti-social behaviour includes abusive or noisy neighbours, littering and graffiti. It can leave people feeling intimidated, angry and frightened.
Anti-social behaviour has a negative effect on many people’s lives, Northumbria Police is committed to tackling it.
So what exactly is anti-social behaviour and how can you avoid it?
Anti-social behaviour is anything which affects people's quality of life and can include:
Noise in the street
Loud noises from a house
Going on other people's property without permission
Getting drunk in public
Causing damage by climbing trees or wrecking bus shelters
Other activities are not illegal - like groups of young people hanging around on street corners – but can intimidate other people when they see large groups gathering.
They can feel uncomfortable walking past them or might not like the noise all these people make when chatting in the street.
If it happens a lot they can call the police, but it doesn't have to get this far. It's all about showing consideration for others.
You might not think you're doing anything wrong, but if you're making life unpleasant or difficult for someone else, you could end up having some kind of enforcement action taken against you.
Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO)
An ASBO is made by a Magistrates court and can be issued to anyone over the age of ten.
Anyone who breaches an ASBO can be made to pay a fine or get sent to prison.
An application for an ASBO can be made by the:
Registered social landlord
British Transport Police
A list of the areas the person is banned from
A list of people the person is banned from being with
The kinds of banned behaviour
That means not going out when and where you want to go to - it could mean not mixing with your friends.