1. What is Anti-social Behaviour?
Anti-social behaviour is defined as “caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household” – Crime and Disorder Act 1998
It can include but is not limited to:
· Noisy neighbours
· Street drinking
· Hoax calls
2. Can I remain anonymous when I report Anti-social Behaviour?
Yes, unless you are required to attend court to give evidence if the case escalates that far.
3. What can I do if I have a problem with my neighbour?
In many cases people do not realise the effect they are causing so the first step would be to speak to them directly about how they are affecting you. Though this should not be done if you believe the person is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or who may have mental health problems.
For helpful tips on how to approach your neighbour please click here
4. What is a DPPO and who enforces them?
A DPPO is a Designated Public Place Order that helps local authorities to handle problems caused by alcohol related anti-social behaviour in public places.
5. Do orders ban people from drinking alcohol in public?
No, it allows officers to have more control over those acting antisocially as a result of drinking alcohol in public places. It would be an offence to continue drinking alcohol if a police officer asks you to stop.
6. What can the police do if a Designated Public Place Order is in force?
A police officer can ask someone to stop drinking alcohol in a public area, if they feel that they are likely to or already are behaving in an anti-social way.
7. What are the penalties for ignoring a police officer’s request?
· Anti-Social Behaviour Orders
8. What does it mean for the order to be borough wide?
In areas where the Police and Council have had DPPOs locally, the problems have shifted to new locations. To resolve this, a borough wide DPPO is operating where antisocial behaviour reports are frequent.
9. Why have designated public place orders been introduced in Bournemouth?
A DPPO has been applied to:-
· Reduce anti-social behaviour in public places
· Help make Bournemouth a safer environment to live, work and visit
· Target areas where continuous reports are linked to people drinking alcohol in public
10. What is the contact information for reporting Antisocial Behaviour?
To report anti-social behaviour incidents the number to call is: 01202 451 433
For council housing residents please click here to complete this online
Based on information sourced from Bournemouth Borough Council.