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Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) 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).


While we are responsible for tackling some ASB, your local council has powers to deal with abandoned vehicles, graffiti and flytipping and noise (which includes loud music, parties, noisy neighbours, alarms, noisy animals and noise from pubs and clubs).

What are Community Triggers?

A Community Trigger is a process whereby members of the public can ask their local Community Safety Partnership to review responses to incidents of ASB.

The process can be used if you've reported at least 3 incidents of ASB to a relevant organisation within the previous 6 months. They must be incidents where the same problem has reoccurred and was reported within 1 month of when it first happened.

The Trigger has been introduced to help ensure agencies are working together to resolve ASB that affects residents' quality of life. 

For the purpose of the Community Trigger, ASB is defined as:

"Behaviour causing harassment, alarm or distress to a member, or members, of the public...(including) vandalism, public drunkenness, noisy or abusive neighbours."

The Trigger does not replace 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 ASB to us, we'll take the problem seriously and keep repeat victims informed of progress to resolve the issue.

There are a range of powers available to tackle anti-social behaviour. For example:

  • criminal behaviour orders (CBOs) - a court order to tackle the most persistently anti-social people who are also convicted of a crime
  • closure powers - allows us or the council to quickly close premises which are being used, or likely to be used, to commit nuisance or disorder
  • public space protection orders - to stop people or committing anti-social behaviour in a public space
  • dispersal powers - can be used to move people away from a particular area for up to 48 hours if they are likely to cause anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder
  • community remedy - gives victims a say in the out-of-court punishment of offenders for low-level crime and anti-social behaviour
  • civil injunction - to quickly stop or prevent people causing anti-social behaviour
  • community protection notice - to stop someone (16 or over), or a business or organisation committing anti-social behaviour which spoils the community‚Äôs quality of life
  • new absolute ground for possession - where applicable, we can speed up the eviction of anti-social tenants to bring faster relief to victims.
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