Anti-Social Behaviour (ASB) covers a wide range of behaviour which causes or is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. This can include anything from drinking in the street, being loud and inconsiderate, to trespassing. It can have a serious impact on victims and communities, making people feel unsafe in their own homes and surrounding areas. Community well-being can also be affected, as it may lead to neighbourhoods becoming run down and neglected. It could also affect how involved people feel in their local communities and ultimately the local economy.
Cardiff has seen a considerable 70% decrease in levels of ASB5 since 2007/08 and over the last few years the decrease has been in line with decreases in England and Wales.
5It would appear that some types of ASB are now being categorised as Public Order Offences and recorded as “Violence Against the Person”.