Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is the common term used to describe incidents or actions that cause damage or affect the quality of life of people. It can be any behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not living in the same household and can include things such as noise, neighbour nuisances, abandoned vehicles, litter and vehicle nuisance.
According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 24% of respondents experienced or witnessed anti-social behaviour in the year ending March 2017. This is statistically significantly lower than the England and Wales rate of 30%. 5% of Lancashire respondents experienced drink related behaviour and 8% groups hanging around on the streets.
In contrast the police recorded anti-social behaviour incidents in the same period, year ending March 2017, were 51 per 1,000 population (75,915), which is higher than the England and Wales figure of 32 per 1,000 population. 38% of the incidents were personal related and 58% nuisance related. The trend has been consistently downwards over the last six years; in 2011/12 there were 68 incidents per 1,000 population.
A 2016 study into the causes and key determinants of ASB in Lancashire found:
- Race was reported in 13% of cases, a third of which were high risk;
- 5% of cases were classed as hate against the LGBT community.
A strategic intelligence assessment of ASB in Lancashire in 2014 found that:
The likelihood of becoming a victim of ASB is low in the majority of Lancashire but there are certain areas where it is still a significant problem and, where repeat incidents occur, it can have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of victims. A Living in Lancashire Survey in 2015 (PDF 1.2 MB) found that for respondents who consider their area to be unsafe, the most common reason given is that there is ASB or gangs of young people in the area.
Recommendations included the use of independent mediation to resolve neighbour problems and noise nuisance, training and empowering staff to use the tools and powers available to them, sign-posting repeat offenders with mental health issues into appropriate services and better data collection/sharing.
2016 ASB partnership intelligence assessment (PDF 1.1 MB)
2014 ASB partnership intelligence assessment (PDF 1.16 MB)
Page updated November 2016