How we can tackle anti-social behaviour
While West Yorkshire is a safe county with low levels of serious crime, anti-social behaviour continues to disrupt the lives of far too many residents.
At West Yorkshire Police we take this very seriously indeed, which is why we have introduced more neighbourhood officers to work with residents and local organisations to find real solutions to anti-social behaviour and other local problems.
Anti-social behaviour can make an area frightening and unpleasant to live, work and relax in. This is not right, which is why the police, councils, West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service and other public and voluntary organisations use their powers to get to the root of the problem and take action to stop it.
There are many different types of anti-social behaviour and in some cases, other local authorities are responsible for dealing with anti-social behaviour issues. Please have a look at our checklist so see which organisation would deal with your issue. You can follow the link and report it online, or ring our contact centre on the numbers shown below.
Anti-Social Behaviour Checklist
How to report anti-social behaviour
- For non urgent issues and to pass on information, call West Yorkshire Police on 101.
- In an emergency (if a crime is in progress or you think the offenders are near by), call 999.
- To give information anonymously, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- Alternatively you can fill in our Anti-Social Behaviour form.
What can we do
- Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABCs) - where an individual recognises the effect their behaviour has on others and agrees to stop. This may be offered with support to help them do this.
- Criminal Behaviour Orders (CBOs) – court orders to tackle persistently anti-social individuals convicted of an offence. Breaching a CBO can lead to up to five years in prison and / or a fine of up to £5,000.
- Closure Powers - shutting down premises being used or likely to be used to cause nuisance or disorder. Closures can last for up to six months. Breaching a Closure Order can lead to up to 6 months in prison and / or a fine
- Designated Public Place Orders - to limit drinking of alcohol in a set area. Alcohol can be confiscated and anyone refusing to cooperate can be arrested. The penalty is a £50 fine or being banned from drinking in public.
- Public Space Protection Orders – to deal with particular anti-social behaviour in a public space. Failure to comply can result in a Fixed Penalty Notice or court fine.
- Fixed Penalty Notices and Penalty Notices (fines) - can be used by police officers, PCSOs and accredited council officers to impose fines of up to £80 for causing a nuisance.
- Dispersal Orders - can be used to move people away from a particular area if there is, or is likely to be anti-social behaviour, crime or disorder. People under 16 years of age can also be returned home. Failure to comply can result in 3 months in prison and / or a fine.
- Community Protection Notices (CPNs) – to stop a person, business or organisation committing anti-social behaviour ,and deal with particular ongoing problems or nuisance. Failure to comply can lead to sanctions including a Fixed Penalty Notice and / or forfeiture.
What you can do - get involved in your community
You can help us tackle crime and anti-social behaviour by:
- Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch in your area
- Passing on information to your neighbourhood officers including date/time the problem happens, descriptions of those involved and their vehicles, and how the incident has affected you.
- Becoming a Special Constable
- Keeping up to date with what's happening in your community - follow us on social networking pages and sign up to receive your Neighbourhood Policing Team e-newsletter.
Last Update: October 2015