Anti-Social Behaviour

Responding to and tackling anti-social behaviour and hate motivated incidents are a top priority for Brighton & Hove. The city has strong partnerships which allow the police, council, housing providers, the community and voluntary sector, other organisations and communities to work in partnership with each other to tackle anti-social behaviour and hate incidents.

Remember, in an emergency always call 999.

  • How to get help

    You can report anti-social behaviour in different ways:

    If you are a council housing tenant report the anti-social behaviour to the council:

    In an emergency always call 999, if it is not urgent call 101 to report to the police

    In all other cases either:

    • Complete the Anti-Social Behaviour & Hate Incident Reporting Form
    • E-mail the Casework Team
    • Call the Safe in the City casework team reporting line on (01273) 292735
      This line is staffed Monday to Friday 9-5 with an answer machine service out of hours
    • Call the Brighton & Hove City Council call centre on (01273) 292929
      This line is staffed Monday to Friday 9-5 with an answer machine service out of hours
    • In an emergency always call the police on 999
    • Call the police on 101 if it is not urgent

    When you report anti-social behaviour to us we will keep to our Victim & Witness Standards

    Community Trigger

    The Community Trigger is a process you can use to ask agencies to review their response to anti-social behaviour or hate incidents you have reported.

    You can use the Community Trigger if you have reported three separate incidents in the past six months to the police, the council or your housing provider and no action has been taken. You can activate the Community Trigger on behalf of someone else if you have their consent.

    You will need to fill out a form detailing the case - please go to You can also request a paper version of the form to be sent to you by calling 01273 292735.

    The Community Trigger is designed to ensure that there is a review where cases have been reported and no action has been taken. It is not a complaints procedure.

    If your case meets these criteria you will be notified within three working days. Your case will be reviewed and recommendations may be made as to how the case can progress. This will be reported to you within ten working days.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What do you mean by anti-social behaviour?

    Anti-social behaviour takes in a range of nuisances, disorder and crimes which affect people’s lives on a daily basis, none are acceptable.

    It is defined in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act as ‘acting in a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household’.

    This behaviour is broken down into four main categories; the misuse of public space, disregard for community/personal wellbeing, acts directed at people, and environmental damage.

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  • What can be done to stop anti-social behaviour?

    Tackling ASB is a priority for the city and there are a number of ways that we can help stop anti-social behaviour.  Some behaviour might also involve crime for which offenders can be bought to justice. We aim to stop anti-social behaviour as quickly as we can but in some cases it can take time because of the way the legal system works. We will keep you informed about the action we are taking, if you give us your contact details when reporting the anti-social behaviour. 

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