Antisocial behaviour and nuisance

Find out what antisocial behaviour includes, what action to take if you're affected, and how to report an incident.

What is antisocial behaviour?

Antisocial behaviour includes things such as:

  • rowdy, noisy behaviour in otherwise quiet neighbourhoods 
  • night-time noise from houses or gardens, especially between 11pm and 7am 
  • 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.

What to do if you're affected by antisocial behaviour

If antisocial behaviour is a problem in your area, 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 as they may not realise how it is affecting you
  • discuss the problem with your local councillor
  • report the antisocial problem to your local district or borough council:
  • 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 

Reporting antisocial behaviour

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

No matter how you report antisocial behaviour, all complaints are treated as confidential, so you do not have to worry about your identity being revealed.

You can report antisocial behaviour to your:

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.

Community safety advice on reporting incidents

We are aware that sometimes, victims of antisocial 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 antisocial behaviour, harassment and neighbour nuisance. We take harassment and antisocial behaviour very seriously but we also understand that it is a sensitive and emotive issue. 

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