We have a dedicated anti-social behaviour (ASB) team, who work in partnership with organisations such as Thames Valley Police, the Youth Offending Service and registered local landlords who have homes in this district.
Within this partnership, our role is to challenge the people who are responsible for anti social behaviour, and we can do this in various ways:
- We may give a verbal or written warning and ask the person concerned to sign an acceptable behaviour contract (ABC). An ABC is a voluntary agreement made between the individual responsible for anti-social behaviour (ASB) and the Police and Council. It sets out ways in which the individual will behave in the future, and contains a commitment by the individual not to do certain things. An ABC usually lasts for six months. If after this time the ASB is still continuing then the individual responsible will be visited by the ASB Team.
- In the case of very serious behaviour we would apply to the courts for an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO). An ASBO protects the public from behaviour which causes alarm, harassment or distress. An ASBO (whilst not a punishment) will contain conditions which will prohibit the activities that caused the problem. It is a criminal offence to break an ASBO, and if an individual does, they can be arrested and taken back to court.
- If the ASB involves the use of a car, motorcycle or mini moto, then the vehicles may be taken away and destroyed after a warning has been given. (See download to the right which details section 59 of the Police Reform Act 2002).