Community Safety Services

Frequently Asked Questions for this Service

Question: What is anti-social behaviour?

Answer: Anti-social behaviour is defined in section 1(1)a of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 as an individual acting in a “manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as him / herself”.

The term “likely to cause” means that someone other than the victim of the behaviour can give evidence (see question viii). This definition can also include cases “where people are in fear of crime” since this can cause alarm or distress.


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Question: What do you do if an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is breached

Answer: As an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is an informal agreement, there is no formal process for dealing with a breach. However, it is VERY important that the agencies drawing up the agreement consider how they will monitor progress and what they will do if the individual concerned does not keep to the agreement, otherwise the Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) is of limited value if any at all.

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Question: Can an Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC) be used for more than one person?

Answer: There may be incidents of anti-social behaviour that involve more than one person. However, an Acceptable Behaviour Contract should be drawn up with each individual involved NOT collectively with a group of people. Each person should be written to and if necessary an Acceptable Behaviour Contract should be drawn up.

The important issue here is that all people involved should be considered. It is not appropriate to only involve one of the alleged perpetrators (unless only one has been identified).


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Question: Who can I talk to about long-term vandalism/bad behaviour in the neighbourhood?

Answer: Please email community.services@iow.gov.uk

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Question: I think someone in a neighbouring house/flat is dealing drugs

Answer: Please telephone 101


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Question: How can I report Anti-Social Behaviour?

Answer: There are a number of ways you can report anti-social behaviour.
You can contact the Hampshire Constabulary on their non-emergency number 101.

For noise complaints please contact Environmental Health on (01983) 823000
For fly tipping please contact Waste Management on (01983) 823777

In an emergency please dial 999.

For all other instances of anti-social behaviour including nuisance behaviour, harassment etc. You can dial (01983) 821000 and one of our call centre operators will fill out an Anti Social Behaviour Form on your behalf.
Alternatively you can download these from our website www.iwight.com and search for Anti-Social Behaviour.

Should you require, you can write to us at community.safety@iow.gov.uk or at the following postal address

Jubilee Stores
The Quay
Newport
IOW
PO30 2EH

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Question: I've seen teenagers in my neighbourhood buying drink from a local shop / another neighbour, who should I report this to?

Answer: To report the incident you must Telephone: 101


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Question: What is a Police and Crime Commissioner?

Answer: The Police and Crime Commissioner oversees Policing in the area and ensures the Police service is efficient and effective.
The Police Crime Commissioner covers Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
A crime plan is produced with local objectives to reduce crime and disorder. - Related Link

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Question: What is a CBO?

Answer: The Criminal Behaviour Order CBO (previously known as an ASBO) can deal with a wide range of anti-social behaviours following the individual's conviction for a criminal offence, for example, threatening violence against others in the community, persistently being drunk and aggressive in public or criminal damage. An application for a CBO does not require a link between the criminal behaviour which led to the conviction and the anti-social behaviour for it to be issued by the court.

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Question: Is a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) the “last resort”?

Answer: No. Criminal Behaviour Orders should normally be sought when other methods of dealing with the behaviour are considered inappropriate OR have failed. However, the Home Office guidance makes clear that “whilst CBOs should be seen in this wider context there is no requirement to demonstrate that every other remedy has been exhausted before applying for an CBO”. The key is that an CBO should be used where it is the most appropriate remedy.

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Question: Who can an order be made against?

Answer: Criminal Behaviour Orders
Section 1(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 provides that “an order can be made against anyone who is at least 10 years old”. It is unlikely that there will be many cases where it would be appropriate to apply for an order against a 10 or 11 year old, although an order might be the right response where such a young person has been involved in anti-social behaviour with an adult. The Home Office guidance states that applications can be routinely made for the middle or older age group of children (i.e. 12 to 17 years) as “experience has shown that such individuals may commit serious acts of anti-social behaviour without adult encouragement or involvement”.

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Question: Will members of the community be called as witnesses for an CBO (Criminal Behaviour Orders)?

Answer: It may add weight to a case if members of the community provide statements or are witnesses. However witnesses who might be reluctant to give evidence in person may have their evidence accepted as a written statement, or given by someone such as a police officer as hearsay evidence, but this will depend on the circumstances of the case.




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Question: Where can I find out about all the latest news from Police teams in my local area?

Answer: The Isle of Wight is divided into 4 Neighbourhood areas, North East Wight, West Wight, South Wight and Central Wight - https://www.hampshire.police.uk
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Question: Who can apply for or issue a CBO (Criminal Behaviour Orders)?

Answer: The police (including British Transport Police), the local authority or registered social landlords can apply for a CBO against an individual who “acts in an anti-social manner”. That means behaving in a manner that causes “alarm harassment or distress” to one or more people of a different household.

Before an application is made the police and local authority must be consulted or consult each other.


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Question: Where can I walk my dog on Island Beaches?

Answer: Please take a look at this web page where you will find out about dog friendly beaches:
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