Antisocial behaviour (ASB) is described as -Acting in a manner which causes harassment, alarm or distress to other people
Some acts of ASB are clearly criminal, e.g. vandalism, graffiti and racial abuse. Other behaviour like shouting in the street or gathering in large groups may be considered anti-social behaviour rather than criminal behaviour
The police may decide to have a conversation with individuals or groups or they may break up the groups or make arrests in more serious incidents.
Police action on anti-social behaviour
In order to tackle residents' concerns on ASB, Police will:
- target problem individuals and areas with extra patrols to deter repeat incidents
- work with partners to physically improve areas
- request people who have gathered to leave an area
- issue fixed penalty notices for disorder (£80)
- send letters home to parents detailing the behaviour of their children
- pursue acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs)
- apply to the courts for CBOs- a compulsory order made by a court to protect the public from ASB by restricting the movement and monitoring the behaviour of the person committing anti-social acts
- Make arrests
- Support the prosecution of offenders by other agencies
Sutton’s approach to the prevention of Anti-Social Behaviour
If a young person (under the age of 18) is stopped for anti-social behaviour, a letter will be sent home to their parent or carer advising them of the young person unacceptable behaviour and where to seek advice and support.
If the young person continues to be responsible for anti-social behaviour, then an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) will be considered.
Acceptable Behaviour contracts
In the case of persistent offenders, an ABC contract can be considered. This is a set of acceptable behaviour guidelines that is agreed upon and signed by the young person and the police with agreed support from the young person's family. If this does not work then an application to the courts for an ASBO will be considered.
Report ASB incidents
In an emergency call 999
In a non-emergency situation, but requiring police attention, call Sutton Borough Police on 0300 123 1212 (ask for Sutton)
Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111