Anti-social behaviour and community safety

We believe that everybody should feel safe and secure and not suffer from anti-social behaviour, nuisance or harassment.

Anti-social behaviour is behaviour that causes nuisance, annoyance, or harassment, alarm or distress. This can include (but is not limited to) verbal abuse, threats, vandalism and damage, noise nuisance, harassment and intimidation. 

If you are suffering from anti social behaviour please get in touch with us, we may be able to help.

Ways to get in touch

You can report what is happening to the Anti Social Behaviour Team using the 'Ask us a question' link on this page.

Council Housing complaints

If you are a council tenant or leaseholder or your complaint is about a tenant or leaseholder, you can make a report:

South Yorkshire Police

If you are the victim of crime, please report this to the Police. Contact can be made anonymously using Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111 or via South Yorkshire Police 101 (999 for an emergency situation) or through their online reporting system.


Tackling anti-social behaviour

We work with others, for example the Police to deal with anti-social behaviour and nuisance cases quickly and effectively, and to provide a high level of support to victims and witnesses.

If we can resolve a situation without legal action we will. In some situations, legal enforcement may be necessary.

We can tackle anti-social behaviour through:

  • Acceptable Behaviour Contracts (ABC) - agreements made between an individual, police and local authority to make the individual's anti-social behaviour stop.
  • Community Protection Notices (CPN’s) These can be isued to anyone aged sixteen or over, or a business that is committing anti social behaviour. It can include requirements to stop things, do things or take reasonable steps to avoid further anti social behaviour
  • Injunctions and possession proceedings. These are legal options we can take to put a stop to anti-social behaviour
  • Low level interventions. We can give advice or warnings to people who are causing nuisance or anti-social behaviour
  • Closure power. We can apply to Court to close a property for a period of time, in serious circumstances
  • Supporting you to resolve the issues yourself through self resolution actions, for example talking to the person responsible

Our approach and procedure for dealing with reports of anti-social behaviour is below.

Community Trigger for anti-social behaviour in Sheffield

If you have reported anti-social behaviour and you are concerned that not enough is being done, you can raise a ‘Community Trigger’.

The Community Trigger gives you, or someone acting on your behalf, the right to request a review of your case by ourselves, the Police and any other relevant organisations. The review will focus on working together to find a solution.

Community Triggers received in Sheffield

We are required to publish the following information about Community Triggers each year. The information below relates to the period from 1 April 2021 until 31 March 2022:

  • the number of Community Triggers received in Sheffield was 22
  • the number of times we decided that the threshold for a review was not met was 2
  • the number of Community Trigger reviews we carried out was 4
  • the number of Community Trigger reviews carried out that have resulted in recommendations being made was 4 (we aim to make recommendations in all cases, regardless of whether or not the review concludes that the organisations involved should have done more to investigate and resolve the problem)
  • the number of Community Trigger reviews in progress is 7
  • the number of Community Trigger reviews not carried out as there was a resolution in advance of the review was 9

The Community Trigger does not replace our complaints procedure. If you have a specific complaint about the way we have dealt with your case, you can make a complaint.

If your complaint is about another organisation, such as the Police or your landlord, you should contact them for details about how to complain.

Contact the Anti Social Behaviour Team

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