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Safety and crime

Last updated on: 16-Oct-2020

10. Anti-Social Behaviour Strategy

View the details of our Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) Strategy:

Prevention and Community Involvement

A systematic approach to prevention will include the following:

  • Educating people and raising awareness of the forms and consequences of engaging in ASB
  • Consider opportunities to design-out ASB
  • Providing a visible and uniformed presence in areas where ASB is more prevalent
  • Ensuring that children and young people have access to facilities and activities
  • Working with local residents in areas where ASB is a concern to create a sense of ownership and pride in their local neighbourhoods
  • Working with schools/education providers to make clear that bullying and ASB is unacceptable

Early Identification

To act quickly with informal interventions to minimise impact and prevent from escalating. This work could include:

  • Providing advice and support to the victim and signposting to other agencies and services as appropriate
  • Considering the option of using restorative justice or facilitating
  • Issuing initial warning letters
  • Using Acceptable Behaviour Agreements (ABAs)
  • Encouraging young people to engage in diversionary activities available
  • Using Parental Control Agreements
  • Issuing Community Protection Warnings

Supportive Intervention

To encourage individual to get the help and assistance they need to modify their behaviour. Supportive intervention may include:

  • Referral to drug and alcohol treatment service providers
  • Referral to the Gravesham Community Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
  • Intervention provided by the Homelessness Prevention and Outreach Service
  • Direct referrals to statutory agencies and services, for example Kent County Council’s Social Services, Mental Health Services, Kent Police
  • Referral to Gravesham’s multi-agency ASB Group
  • Working with Preventative Services to support families as a whole
  • Where ASB is related to domestic abuse, ensuring that victims are made aware and encouraged to access specialist domestic abuse support services available locally


In many cases, enforcement will be a last resort and the Council take all necessary steps to ensure that enforcement action is justified and proportionate to the type of ASB that has occurred. Formal action may include:

  • Use of legislative powers e.g. Injunction, Community Protection Notice, Closure Order
  • Exercising sanctions against those responsible for licensed premises
  • Termination of introductory tenancies or take ASB possession proceedings against tenants who persist in breaching tenancy conditions resulting in ASB
  • Issuing Fixed Penalty Notices or prosecuting those identified as responsible for environmental crimes that also fall with the criteria of ASB, for example littering, damage, fly-tipping
  • Use of legislative powers under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to address ASB linked to noise nuisance, for example Noise Abatement Notice
  • using the common law of trespass to deal with unauthorised tent encampments that cause nuisance and ASB
  • Taking appropriate action against private landlords who fail to meet their responsibilities


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