Antisocial behaviour is a term used to describe the day-to-day incidents of crime, nuisance and disorder that make many people’s lives a misery – from litter and vandalism, to public drunkenness or aggressive dogs, to noisy or abusive neighbours. Such a wide range of behaviours means that responsibility for dealing with antisocial behaviour is shared between a number of agencies, particularly the police, councils and social landlords.
What is the Antisocial Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014?
The act introduces simpler, more effective powers to tackle antisocial behaviour that provide better protection for victims and communities.
The main focus of the act is the new community trigger and community remedy, which will empower victims and communities, giving them a greater say in how agencies respond to complaints of antisocial behaviour and in out-of-court sanctions for offenders.
The act will also aim to:
- tackle irresponsible dog ownership and the use of illegal firearms by gangs and organised criminal groups
- strengthen the protection afforded to victims of forced marriage and those at risk of sexual harm
- enhance the professional capabilities and integrity of the police
- amend the port and border security powers in Schedule 7 to the Terrorism Act 2000, to ensure that they strike the right balance between the need to protect public safety and the protection of individual freedoms
- amend the Extradition Act 2003 to strengthen public confidence in, and the operational effectiveness of, our extradition arrangements
Where can I find more information about the act?
Supt. Colin McFarlane explains how the act brings new powers to South Yorkshire communities:
Useful fact sheets have been created by the government about each area of the act: