Tackling anti-social behaviour (ASB) effectively has been nationally recognised as essential for improving quality of life in residential and non-residential neighbourhoods, and is a priority for many Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs).
We still know relatively little about what the public sees as anti-social behaviour. The 2000 British Crime Survey sought to remedy this by asking respondents whether they had suffered from such behaviour, and if so to describe the incident. The research also underlined that what is seen as anti-social in one area may not be so regarded in another, while different groups identify different types of anti-social behaviour.
Hard evidence on the causes of anti-social behaviour is still in short supply. Studies including the Policy Action Team report on anti-social behaviour suggest that the risk factors - in families, schools, communities, and personal risk factors - identified as increasing the likelihood of offending equally contribute to an increased risk of anti-social behaviour. Other studies suggest it may be helpful to distinguish between the causes of low-level nuisance and very serious anti-social behaviour. With low-level anti-social behaviour lifestyle and perception differences may be underlying factors. Perpetrators in more serious cases are likely to be experiencing multiple problems, often including poverty and severe mental health or addiction issues.
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