Antisocial behaviour is bad behaviour that causes problems for other residents.
Types of antisocial behaviour
Antisocial behaviour might include:
- loud music
- graffiti or vandalism
- problems caused by pets such as noise, fouling or stray animals
- drug or alcohol related incidents
- actual or threatened violence
- persistent arguing and door slamming
- damage or threatened damage to property
- hateful behaviour, gestures and language.
We take all complaints of antisocial behaviour seriously.
We work with the police and other agencies to take action against perpetrators of antisocial behaviour and support those experiencing it.
What to do
In many cases it may be best to speak to the person who is carrying out the antisocial behaviour, particularly if this is a neighbour causing you nuisance.
Please contact us if this is unsuccessful, or if the antisocial behaviour is more serious.
Action against antisocial behaviour
We will draw up an action plan listing what we will do and what you should do to resolve the problem.
If you give your permission, we will carry out a full investigation. This can involve gathering evidence from a range of people, including other residents, the perpetrator and agencies such as the police.
If there is clear danger to you, we can help you improve the security of your home, arrange alternative temporary accommodation or help you bid for a permanent move.
Legal action against antisocial behaviour
In some cases we may start legal action. This could involve requesting a court to grant:
- possession proceedings, enabling us to evict the perpetrator from their home.
- an antisocial behaviour order (ASBO), requiring a person to stop their nuisance behaviour or prevent them from going to a specific place. If breached, the person can be fined or given a prison sentence.
- an injunction, designed to stop a person from behaving in a certain way. If breached, the person can be fined or given a prison sentence.
We will keep you informed throughout any legal process.
We may consider an Acceptable Behaviour Contract. This is a signed agreement between a person, their parent or guardian if they are young, the police and Barnet Homes, requiring them to stop acting in a certain way. If broken, it can result in legal action.
We also offer mediation, where neighbours are brought into the same room to discuss their issues with the help of an independent facilitator.
Report a problem
Please contact us about any environmental issues or damage.
If you are calling about an abandoned car, please give the registration, colour and make of the vehicle, along with its precise location.
Please also let us know the precise location for any dumped materials, vandalism or graffiti, and tell us whether graffiti is offensive.
If you know who has dumped rubbish, please tell us so that we can charge them for removing it or consider legal action.
We have successfully prosecuted a number of people for dumping and flytipping on our estates.
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice about their race, gender or people with disabilities. By reporting an incident that happens to you or even that you witness, you could be a part of preventing hate crime from escalating or happening to someone else.
What is a hate crime?
Hate crimes are any crimes that are targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s:
- race or ethnicity
- religion or belief
- sexual orientation
- transgender identity
How can I report a hate crime?
There are several ways you can report a hate crime, whether you have been a victim, a witness or are reporting on behalf of someone else.
Hate crime reporting centres
Barnet Council has launched new hate-crime reporting centres, please follow the link to find the nearest hate crime reporting centre to you.
Report hate crime online
As well as reporting incidents directly to the police, you can report hate crime online using the True Vision website.
You can also contact Crimestoppers to report hate crime on 0800 555111 or visit their website.