Anti-social behaviour

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Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB)

 

What is ASB?

We define ASB as: Conduct that has caused, or is likely to cause, harassment, alarm or distress to any person.

Muir proactively works with residents to avoid the escalation of anti-social behaviour and to support sustainable communities and tenancies - intervening where necessary and putting preventative measures in place.

Support for complainants who are victims or witnesses of anti-social behaviour is vital to challenge ASB and resolve cases.

We support a victim/witness focussed approach and take into account the wishes of complainants, victims and witnesses when investigating ASB.

 

Examples of ASB include:

  • Criminal damage and vandalism
  • Verbal abuse
  • Persistent noise nuisance - particularly during unsociable hours
  • Illegal drug use
  • Racially motivated and hate crimes
  • Vehicle crime
  • Engaging in threatening behaviour

 

What isn't ASB?

We encourage residents to be tolerant and respect different lifestyles.

The following are examples of what we do not consider to be ASB:

  • Actions which amount to no more than residents going about their normal everyday activities. Eg. Children playing, mowing a lawn, cooking smells, vacuum cleaning, use of a washing machine, walking across a wooden floor whilst wearing shoes.
  • Complaints which do not breach the terms of tenancy agreements. Eg. People staring, children falling out with each other.
  • Actions which amount to people not being pleasant to each other but are not sufficiently serious to justify our involvement. Eg. posting on social media.
  • Complaints about people being inconsiderate where there is no breach of tenancy. Eg. One-off parties where there is no evidence the problem will reoccur.
  • Complaints about other people having lifestyles that offend others. Eg. Difference in parenting, who people socialise with, how people dress, what they do in their own homes unless the behaviour is a breach of tenancy.