Anti-social behaviour means different things to different people. It has a negative impact upon lives and is never victimless.
Anti-social behaviour is defined as; behaviour(s) ‘that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more person not of the same household’ as the perpetrator' (Crime and Disorder Act 1998).
Anti-social behaviour includes things such as:
• Rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods.
• Threatening, drunken or ‘yobbish’ behaviour.
• Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting.
• Dealing or buying drugs on the street.
• Litter and fly-tipping rubbish.
• Aggressive begging.
• Drinking in the street.
If you have any concerns or would like to talk to somebody with regards to anti-social behaviour in your community then please contact the Street Warden team leader on 01594 812262 or email email@example.com.
If you encounter it, report it
If anti-social behaviour is a problem in your area, there’s a lot you can do to help put a stop to it.
• Talk to your neighbours to find out if they’re affected as well.
• If you feel comfortable doing so, talk to the person causing the problem; they may not realise how it is affecting you.
• Call Gloucestershire Constabulary’s non-emergency number, 101 and ask to speak to your local neighbourhood policing team or attend one of their regular meetings.
• Contact the Council (noise, fly-tipping etc).
• Tell your landlord or residents’ association about the situation.
If the situation is an emergency (if someone’s life or health is threatened) call 999.
No matter how you report anti-social behaviour, all complaints are treated as confidential. So you don’t have to worry about your identity being revealed.
How Forest of Dean District Council can help (click on the service to go to the relevant webpage):
The Street Warden service work to reduce the fear of crime, deter anti-social behaviour and improve the physical appearance of the local environment.
The Street Wardens can be contracted on 01594 810000 or look out for them patrolling in your area.
Forest of Dean District Council Environmental Services can give advice with regards to noisy neighbours plus other issues that cause concern.
Forest of Dean Community Safety Partnership (CSP)
The Forest of Dean CSP partners work with local communities to alleviate anti-social behaviour in our district, examples of work undertaken include:
• Use of mobile CCTV units across the district.
• Issuing Warning notices and Acceptable Behaviour Contracts.
• The CSP provided the Street Warden service with equipment to remove graffiti across the district.
• The CSP provided the Street Warden service with a number of remote control cars to enable them to work with young people within the district.
• Community meetings in areas where problems have been identified, with agreed actions for organisations and community members.
• Support for victims and witnesses of anti-social behaviour.