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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) issues can make an area frightening and unpleasant to live, work and relax in. This isn't right, which is why the police, Kent Fire and Rescue Service, councils and other public and voluntary organisations use their powers to get to the root of the problem and take action. ASB can mean a wide range of things, including:

- noise and rowdy behaviour

- harassment/intimidation/threatening behaviour

- nuisance neighbours

- dealing/taking of drugs and drinking alcohol in the street

- nuisance/abandoned vehicles

- begging

- vandalism

- misuse of fireworks and fires being started

- graffiti, litter and flytipping

- noisy/intimidating dogs

- prostitution and indecent behaviour

- hoax calls to emergency services

Children playing and DIY noise aren't really ASB (unless at an unreasonable time of day/night).


Report anti-social behaviour

  • For non urgent issues and to pass on information, call your local council or Kent Police on 101
  • In an emergency (if a crime is in progress or you think the offenders are near by), call 999.
  • To give information anonymously, call Kent Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In some cases, other local authorities are responsible for dealing with anti-social behaviour issues. For example your local council has powers to deal with abandoned vehicles, graffiti and flytipping, noise, including loud music, parties, noisy neighbours, alarms, noisy animals and noise from pubs and clubs.

What are Community Triggers?

Community Triggers can be used if you have reported at least three incidents of anti-social behaviour to a relevant organisation within the previous six months. These are incidents where the same behaviour, nuisance or problem has reoccurred and was reported within one month of it happening. It is a process which allows members of the public to ask their local Community Safety Partnership to review responses to incidents of anti-social behaviour.

The Trigger has been introduced to help ensure that agencies are working together to resolve incidents of anti-social behaviour that are affecting residents quality of life. We will do this by appropriately sharing information between agencies, reviewing the actions that have been taken and use available resources to try and reach a solution and make recommendations that will hopefully prevent the situation from reoccurring. 

For the purpose of the Community Trigger, an incident of anti-social behaviour is defined as behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to a member, or members, of the public. This could include behaviour such as vandalism, public drunkenness, noisy or abusive neighbours. The Trigger does not replace the existing complaints procedures of individual organisations. 

Each district has their own online application form which can be accessed via the following links:

Ashford Canterbury Dartford Dover
Gravesham Medway Maidstone Sevenoaks
Shepway Swale Thanet Tonbridge and Malling
Tunbridge Wells


What we can do

When you report anti-social behaviour to Kent Police, we will take the problem seriously and keep repeat victims informed of progress to resolve the issue.

The police and other local organisations such as the council have a range of powers available to us to tackle anti-social behaviour. For example:

  • Acceptable behaviour agreements (ABAs) - where an individual recognises the effect their behaviour has on others and agrees to stop. This may be offered with support to help them do this.
  • Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) - court orders to stop persistent nuisance can be made against anyone aged 10 or over. Breaching an ASBO can lead to up to five years in prison or a fine of up to £5,000 and various other offences.
  • closure notices - shutting down licensed premises causing a noise nuisance or houses where people deal in and take class A drugs. Closures can last for up to six months.
  • designated public place orders - to limit drinking of alcohol in a set area. Alcohol can be confiscated and anyone refusing to cooperate can be arrested. The penalty is a £50 fine or being banned from drinking in public.
  • fixed penalty notices and penalty notices (fines) - can be used by police officers, PCSOs and accredited council officers to impose fines of up to £80 for causing a nuisance.
  • dispersal orders - can be used to move groups away from a particular area if they are believed to be responsible for or likely to cause a nuisance to others. People under 16 years of age can also be returned home.
  • court penalties - ranging from a prison sentence, fines of up to £5,000 in a magistrates' court, probation or orders including community services, curfews and attendance centre orders.


What you can do - get involved in your community

You can help us tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by:

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