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Anti-Social Behaviour

Tackling Anti-Social Behaviour in Poole

We are determined to tackle anti-social behaviour and not allow it to get a grip in our communities and blight the lives of Poole residents.  The Borough of Poole works with our partners including Dorset Police, Children’s Services, Poole Housing Partnership, Housing Associations, the Voluntary Sector and other Service Units in the Council to prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour. We ensure reports are investigated thoroughly, and that victims are supported and protected, and whenever possible perpetrators are brought to justice.

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti-social behaviour is any act that causes alarm, intimidation, distress or harassment to someone outside of the immediate family or household, and is defined in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

It includes acts such as:

  • Vandalism
  • Graffiti
  • Verbal abuse
  • Threats
  • Bullying
  • Drunken behaviour
  • Intimidation and harassment

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Anti-social behaviour is not:

  • Children playing in the street or their own home and garden
  • Young people gathering with their friends
  • Neighbours throwing foliage/branches into your garden
  • Being unable to park outside your house

How to report anti-social behaviour

The Council’s Community Services Team does not operate a 24 hour responsive service for anti-social behaviour.

If it is an emergency, and someone’s safety or property is at risk, then call Dorset Police on 999.

If it is less urgent, you have other options:

  • Call the Police non emergency number 101 (24 hour service) if you need a police officer to attend or visit, or to report a crime.
  • Call the Borough of Poole on 01202 633438 (during working hours) if you want to complain about an incident that has occurred and you need help or support, or you want us to investigate with our partners.  If the offices are closed please leave a voice message and we will phone you back during office hours.
  • If you want to report loud music or noise phone the out of hours service on 0800 506050.
  • Fill in the “report it” form on the top right hand corner of this page
  • Contact Crimestoppers or 0800 555 111 to report crime anonymously.

If your complaint of anti-social behaviour is accepted we promise to take your report seriously and to follow it up promptly and effectively keeping you informed of progress.

Where to report other problems

Where can I get help?

For information on mediation

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