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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:

  • Acceptable behaviour agreements (ABAs) - where an individual recognises the effect their behaviour has on others and agrees to stop. They may be offered 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 5 years in prison or a fine of up to £5,000.
  • 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 ASB by:

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