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Anti Social Behaviour

Anti-social Behaviour can blight the lives of so many and yet again it may never touch your life.

If it does, it affects your every waking second and even when sleeping it comes in and out of your consciousness ensuring that it never goes far from your thoughts. You awake in the morning still tired from the tossing and turning of the previous night. Go to work only to think about returning home and back to it all.

It is passed down the generations, this lack of respect for others, and therefore it is difficult to see an end to it all.

Home owners feel they have no alternative but to sell their property to get away from it all. This often means losing money on the sale or worst still are unable to sell their property because of the reputation of the area. Being a tenant is just as bad as not having enough points to ask for a housing move, the only alternative is to arrange a private transfer which can mean moving to an area that still has antisocial behaviour.

What Is Anti-Social Behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour is any behaviour that affects other people in a bad way.

This could be:

  • Noise Nuisance
  • Litter and fly-tipping and graffiti
  • Vandalism
  • Dealing in or taking drugs
  • Fires being started
  • Nuisance neighbours
  • Nuisance and abandoned vehicles
  • Hoax calls to emergency services
  • Drunkenness
 
  • Harassment/intimidation
  • Noise and rowdy behaviour
  • Prostitution
  • Indecent behaviour
  • Misuse of Fireworks
  • Noisy or intimidating dogs
  • Begging
  • Gangs behaving in an intimidating way
  • Verbal abuse

It does not have to be this way, everybody has a right to privacy and to peacefully enjoy their own home and environment. Maidstone Council’s Environmental Enforcement Team help to gather evidence of nuisance behaviour using incident logs, noise monitoring equipment and officer visits. Anti-social behaviour diaries can also be obtained from your local Police Community Support Officer or from your Housing Manager.

Contrary to popular belief, statutory noise nuisance, such as loud music, is not limited to the hours between 11pm and 7am. Noise nuisance can occur at any time of the day or night.

The Police, working together with Maidstone Borough Council, the Safety Partnerships, Maidstone Neighbourhood Watches and other agencies, by pooling powers, can often find solutions to the problems.

The major Housing Associations in the Maidstone area publish their anti-social behaviour on their web sites. You can report any incidents online on the housing association site using their online form.

What Can You Do?

In an emergency, if a crime is in progress or the offenders are nearby call 999.

If you wish to pass on information your point of contact is the Police on 101.

If you are reporting abandoned vehicles, graffiti, damage to street lights etc, dumped rubbish, loud music etc you can report it on line at maidstone.gov.uk there is a section on the Home page for reporting online.

You can join you local Neighbourhood Watch and even be a co-ordinator, receive details of the crimes happening in your area and bring your community together in reporting crimes and stamping out anti-social behaviour. Being a part of Neighbourhood watch means that you are no longer alone.

Remember if the agencies are made aware of situations something can be done about it.

Record when and where problems are happening, including:

  • Dates and times of incidents
  • As much details as possible about what happened
  • Names and/or descriptions of those involved
  • Details of any other witnesses
  • How the incident has affected you

YOU DON’T HAVE TO PUT UP WITH ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR. REPORT IT!