What is Antisocial behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour includes everything from dog fouling and littering to substance abuse and serious harassment. It damages people’s quality of life, and it damages our communities.
The Anti-social Behaviour etc (Scotland) Act 2004 says that Anti-social behaviour is when someone acts in a way that "causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress to anyone, or behaves in a way likely to cause alarm or distress to at least one person, not of the same household as them.”
Examples of Antisocial behaviour can include:
- Abuse and harassment
- Drug dealing
- Vandalism and graffiti
- Domestic noise (amplified noise, noisy parties, DIY, playing musical instruments or dogs barking etc.)
- Non-domestic noise (commercial noise, construction noise, car alarms etc.)
- Threatening or violent behaviour
Antisocial behaviour is not always a crime but incidents of violence, suspected drug dealing, and hate crimes should always be reported to the Police.