The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 defines anti-social behaviour as acting "in a manner that causes or is likely to cause harm, alarm or distress".
As anti-social behaviour covers a range of behaviours, there are a number of agencies who can respond to try and stop it. This can lead to confusion over knowing who to report what to.
The Shropshire Safer Stronger Communities Partnership believes that all residents and tenants have the right to live peacefully within their home and communities, and is committed to tackling anti-social behaviour. The partnership has a single reporting number for people to report incidents of anti-social behaviour and a co-located team who aim to address all types of anti- social behaviour.
To report anti-social behaviour call 0345 678 9020.
You can also call West Mercia Police on 101. Both numbers are available 24/7. If the call is urgent we encourage people to ring 999.
Since 2009 the incidents of ASB in Shropshire have fallen, but the partnership isn't complacent. Partners continue to work together to address the everyday crime and disorder described as anti-social behaviour, from vandalism and graffiti to drug dealing and harassment, all of which have an impact on the quality of life of everyone in Shropshire.
The ASB co-located team was established to provide help and advice when additional resources are required, or where the issue requires a co-ordinated multi-agency response. The team has helped in ongoing investigations, instigated new investigations when requested and provided support when necessary.
The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014
The act aims to give agencies and organisations simpler and more effective powers to tackle anti-social behaviour in order to give better protection to victims and communities. While most issues will continue to be resolved through support and early intervention, the new powers will allow councils, police and housing providers to take swifter action to address persistent ASB hotspots and perpetrators. The new powers see the end of ASBOs and the introduction of the following powers:
- civil injunction
- criminal behaviour order
- closure order
- community protection notice
- dispersal powers
- public spaces protection order
- discretionary grounds for possession
- absolute grounds for possession
- community remedy