Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB)

What is anti-social behaviour? 

Anti-social behaviour, or ASB for short, is defined as conduct that has caused or is likely to cause: 

  • harassment, alarm or distress to any person
  • nuisance or annoyance to a person in relation to that person’s occupation of residential premises
  • housing-related nuisance or annoyance to any person

ASB can include:

  • misuse of public space such as street drinking, drug misuse and dealing, car repairs on the street
  • disregard for community/personal wellbeing such as nuisance neighbours and businesses, shouting and swearing, drunken behaviour
  • acts directed at people such as harassment and intimidation, verbal abuse, discrimination
  • environmental damage such as graffiti, litter, fly tipping  

Reports are reviewed on a case-by-case basis and more evidence gathering may be required. Swindon Borough Council will work with partner agencies to tackle ASB, change behaviours and make communities safer. 

ASB is not:

  • children playing in public or private spaces
  • people gathering socially
  • being unable to park outside your own home
  • DIY and car repairs unless they are taking place late at night or persistently
  • civil disputes between neighbours, for example, shared driveways
  • one-off complaints about noise, for example, parties or fireworks
  • non-aggressive begging

For some issues, other council services are already in place.

If you wish to report a problem such as an abandoned vehicle, fly-tipping, graffiti or other environmental issues, see environmental problems or our report a problem webpage.

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