What is Anti-Social Behavior?

Anti-social behaviour ranges from nuisance to criminal activity. It impacts on people's quality of life and affects all neighbourhoods. Examples include:

  • unruly and drunken behaviour
  • street drinking
  • threatening and abusive language in a public place
  • graffiti
  • litter
  • dog fouling
  • aggressive begging
  • drug dealing or persistent criminal behaviour
  • racial harassment
  • homophobic harassment
  • vandalism
  • flytipping
  • noise nuisance

What are we going to do about it?

The aim of the Safer Portsmouth Partnership is to make residents feel their neighbourhood is a safe place to live and visit. Reducing anti-social behavior has been identified as a priority for the residents of Portsmouth.

The partnership will continue to work together to reduce instances of anti-social behaviour (ASB) by intervening early, diverting people away from antisocial activity, and by enforcing the law where this is appropriate. 

The Guildhall Square is a busy public area and council staff and the police work together to keep this area safe. Often action to tackle anti-social behaviour in the area is only possible because of witnesses reporting when incidents take place. Reports of anti-social behaviour also allows us to target areas and direct resources where they are needed most.

So if you witness any incidents of nuisance or anti-social behaviour in this area, please report it.

To report any anti-social behaviour, call 101. It will be helpful if you make a note of the following:

  • date and time of the incident
  • location of incident
  • what the person or people have done
  • description of the person or people involved - number of people, their sex, height, build, colour and length of hair, distinguishing marks, ethnicity, clothing, name or nicknames if known
  • any other witnesses
  • how the incident has affected you or others

You will be provided with an incident number and this should be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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