Anti-social behaviour and nuisance

Help and advice if anti-social behaviour is a problem in your area.

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour includes things such as:

  • rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods 
  • night time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11.00 pm and 7.00 am 
  • threatening, drunken or 'yobbish' behaviour 
  • vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting 
  • dealing or buying drugs on the street 
  • litter and fly-tipping rubbish 
  • aggressive begging 
  • drinking in the street 
  • setting off fireworks late at night 
  • vehicle related nuisance

It can leave you feeling intimidated, angry and frightened. Partners across Suffolk are here to help.

If you are affected by anti-social behaviour

If anti-social behaviour is a problem in your area, there’s a lot you can do to help put a stop to it.

You could:

  • talk to your neighbours to find out if they're affected as well 
  • if you feel comfortable doing so, talk to the person causing the problem; they may not realise how it is affecting you
  • Discuss the problem with your local councillor
  • report the anti-social problem to your local district or borough council, individual links below:
  • call 101 - your local police force's non-emergency number
  • tell your landlord or residents’ association about the situation
  • contact your local neighbourhood policing team, or attend one of their regular meetings 

If the situation is an emergency (if someone's life or health is threatened) always call 999.

No matter how you report anti-social behaviour, all complaints are treated as confidential. So you don’t have to worry about your identity being revealed.

The council and police both need evidence of what's happened to you, so keep a note of problems. They should not ask you to do this indefinitely. Once you have reported the problem, you should be kept informed of progress in your case.

We are aware that sometimes victims of anti-social behaviour do not report incidents that happen for fear of reprisal and they are often reluctant to talk about their experiences.  The council encourages victims to report any incidents in a secure and confidential manner. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to report anti-social behaviour, harassment and neighbour nuisance. We take harassment and anti-social behaviour very seriously but we also understand that it is a sensitive and emotive issue. 

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