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Anti social behaviour

ASB can include many types of behaviour:


Noise and rowdy behaviour

*this doesn't include children playing or DIY noise unless at an unreasonable time of day/night.

Dealing drugs, taking drugs or drinking alcohol in the street

Harassment, intimidation or threatening behaviour

Nuisance neighbours

Nuisance or abandoned vehicles


Misuse of fireworks and fires being started


Graffiti, litter and flytipping

Noisy or intimidating dogs

Prostitution and indecent behaviour

Hoax calls to emergency services


Anti social behaviour (ASB) can make an area frightening and unpleasant to live, work or relax in.

Together with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, councils and other public and voluntary organisations we use our powers to get to the root of problems and take action.

While police are responsible for tackling some ASB, your local council deals with;

  • abandoned vehicles
  • graffiti
  • flytipping
  • noise (including loud music from parties, neighbours, alarms, animals and pubs and clubs).


What are Community Triggers?

If you've reported 3 or more incidents of ASB to a relevant organisation within the last 6 months you can ask your local Community Safety Partnership to review the incidents under a 'Community Trigger'.

The incidents must be about the same problem and reported within a month of when it first happened.

Each district has their own online application form which can be found below:

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


How can the police help?

There are a range of powers available to us 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 - allow 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 committing anti-social behaviour in a public space.
  • Dispersal powers - used to move people away from a particular area for up to 48 hours if they're 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), a business or an organisation committing anti-social behaviour which spoils the community‚Äôs quality of life.
  • Absolute ground for possession - where applicable, we can speed up the eviction of anti-social tenants to bring faster relief to victims.