Anti-social behaviour unit

Antisocial behaviour (ASB) is described as -Acting in a manner which causes harassment, alarm or distress to other people

Some acts of ASB are clearly criminal, e.g. vandalism, graffiti and racial abuse. Other behaviour like shouting in the street or gathering in large groups may be considered anti-social behaviour rather than criminal behaviour

The police may decide to have a conversation with individuals or groups or they may break up the groups or make arrests in more serious incidents.

Police action on anti-social behaviour

In order to tackle residents' concerns on ASB, Police will:

  • target problem individuals and areas with extra patrols to deter repeat incidents
  • work with partners to physically improve areas
  • request people who have gathered to leave an area
  • issue fixed penalty notices for disorder (£80)
  • send letters home to parents detailing the behaviour of their children
  • pursue acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs)
  • apply to the courts for CBOs- a compulsory order made by a court to protect the public from ASB by restricting the movement and monitoring the behaviour of the person committing anti-social acts
  • Make arrests
  • Support the prosecution of offenders by other agencies

Sutton’s approach to the prevention of Anti-Social Behaviour

If a young person (under the age of 18) is stopped for anti-social behaviour, a letter will be sent home to their parent or carer advising them of the young person unacceptable behaviour and where to seek advice and support.

If the young person continues to be responsible for anti-social behaviour, then an Acceptable Behaviour Contract (ABC) will be considered.

Acceptable Behaviour contracts

In the case of persistent offenders, an ABC contract can be considered. This is a set of acceptable behaviour guidelines that is agreed upon and signed by the young person and the police with agreed support from the young person's family. If this does not work then an application to the courts for an ASBO will be considered.

Report ASB incidents

In an emergency call 999

In a non-emergency situation, but requiring police attention, call Sutton Borough Police on 0300 123 1212 (ask for Sutton)

Contact your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team.

Alternatively, you can call Crimestoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111