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Anti social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) is any behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress. ASB could be harming you, someone else, the environment or your wider community.

All ASB is unacceptable. You have a right to feel safe in your own home and community.

What counts as ASB?

ASB includes things like crime, nuisance or disorder that has a negative impact on your quality of life.

For example:

  • shouting, swearing and fighting
  • verbal abuse to yourself or someone else
  • harassment and intimidation
  • anti-social drinking
  • drug taking or dealing

Anti-social behaviour could also be:

  • noise from residents or businesses
  • animal noises, like constant barking
  • inappropriate use of vehicles
  • vandalism and criminal damage

How to handle ASB

Disputes between neighbours often begin as minor issues. While they may not be considered anti-social at first, these disputes can escalate over time.

If you're experiencing ASB and feel safe enough to, you should try to talk to the person causing the problem. They may not realise that their behaviour is causing an issue.

If the ASB continues, you should contact Walsall council and our partners so we can help you.

Reporting ASB with the council

You should report the ASB with our community protection team.

If the person causing the ASB is a social housing tenant, you must report them to their social landlord. Most social landlords have their own dedicated ASB teams who can help you resolve the issue.

Sometimes we can't solve ASB. When this happens, or if you feel as though we haven't done enough, you can complain using the Community Trigger.

We run this service to ensure that your issue has been dealt with fairly and that we have done enough to support you.

Reporting ASB with the police

  • call 999 if someone is in immediate danger or a crime is happening right now
  • call 101 if it's not an emergency
  • report the ASB online

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Contact information

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Community Protection, Walsall Council, Civic Centre, Darwall Street, Walsall WS1 1TP

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