What can I do if I am experiencing anti-social behaviour?
If you feel that you're the victim of anti-social behaviour, you should consider the following steps.
Be reasonable, ask yourself;
- is the behaviour persistent and ongoing?
- are my neighbours also bothered by it?
- is it normal behaviour or reasonable living noise, like a baby crying, birthday party or children playing football?
- am I being reasonable? People of different ages and different lifestyles might find that at times they are disturbed by other people in the community.
- start to keep a log, or diary, of incidents. This information will be crucial if you decide to make a formal report.
- keep written evidence of threats
- gather petitions
- accept offers of noise monitoring equipment from our Regulatory Services.
Take reasonable action
- If appropriate, speak to whoever is causing the anti-social behaviour and ask them politely if they can stop.
- Get involved in your local community. Initiatives like neighbourhood watch really make a difference to how safe a community feels.
- Join your local residents' association to share concerns and coordinate action.
Contact support services
- Healthy Surrey
- ASB Help
- Mediation Surrey community mediation service
- Mediation Surrey emotional support coaching service
Report the anti-social behaviour to the relevant agency as soon as possible. Reporting each incident provides vital information to the relevant agencies who can then respond or take action if necessary.