What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour is any behaviour that causes distress or alarm. Examples include:

  • Noisy neighbours
  • Fly tipping
  • Vandalism
  • Noise nuisance
  • Youth disorder

Anti-social behaviour is not behaviour that is merely different, or that is the result of a medical or developmental condition. Therefore tolerance and awareness of other's needs is an important part of tackling anti-social behaviour (Safer Scotland – Scottish Executive 2004).

We do recognise that behaviour regarded as acceptable by some can be seen as anti-social and unacceptable to others - expectations of standards of behaviour can vary between communities, groups within communities and individuals.