Community Safety Services

Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social Behaviour (ASB) is defined in the Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003 and Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011. It states 'Behaviour by a person which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the person'.

Types of anti-social behaviour

  • Flytipping
  • Graffiti
  • Abandoned cars
  • Verbal or racial abuse
  • Drug dealing or misuse
  • Vandalism
  • Act in a manner that causes harassment, distress or alarm to others
  • Act in an intimidating manner as part of a large group

The Community Safety Partners work together on the Island to reduce anti-social behaviour through a Joint Action Group.

Reporting anti-social behaviour

There are three ways to report anti-social behaviour:

Reporting hate crime

There are three ways to report hate crime:


Community Trigger Anti-social Behaviour Case Review

The Community Trigger is a process victims can use to ask agencies to review their response to anti-social behaviour if their case has been closed and they are not satisfied with the outcome. You can use the Community Trigger if you have reported three separate incidents of anti-social behaviour within the past six months to the police, the council or your housing provider and feel no action has been taken. If a group of 5 individuals in a local community have separately reported similar incidents of anti-social behaviour the Community Trigger can be used. You can activate the Community Trigger on behalf of someone else if you have their written consent.

If your case meets this criteria you will be notified within seven working days. Your case will then be reviewed by agencies with relevant information shared and you will be kept updated throughout the process.

The Community Trigger is designed to ensure that there is a review where incidents have been reported and no action has been taken. It is not a complaints procedure. We will endeavour to deal with your case within 20 working days however, more complex cases may take longer.

How to raise a Community Trigger

Please call the Police 101 number. Notify the call handler you wish to raise a Community Trigger. They will then take down all necessary details about your case and pass this to the council who will make direct contact with you using the details you have provided.

Community Trigger Applications

As of June 2021, the Community Trigger has been activated 3 times.

The number of cases where the threshold for review was not met: 2

The number of case reviews carried out: 1

The number of case reviews resulting in recommendations: 1

Anti-social behaviour tools

This list details tools to support with anti-social behaviour related cases.