Is a member of your family involved in anti-social behaviour?
Have you seen a family member behaving in an anti-social way? Have you heard rumours about them? If so, maybe you are directly affected.
Why are they doing it?
There may be many reasons:
- problems at home
- they are around others that behave this way
- they are upset about something
- drug and alcohol abuse
- no-one's told them to stop
You will know your family well and may already know some of the reasons. This will be just as upsetting for you as it is for them, so it's important that the problem is sorted out.
Whatever the reasons are, it's important to remember how the victim is affected. Anti-social behaviour can make the victim feel:
What can you do?
Sometimes family members can have a good influence on each other. Encourage them to talk to you or someone else in your family about what is going on.
If you don't think that's working, you should tell someone about it yourself. If the problem continues your brother, sister or other family member might end up in trouble and might be making someone else's life miserable. It can be very difficult, but you will be doing the right thing if you:
- tell another responsible family member about it
- talk to your teacher at school
- speak to your Safer Schools Officer or local Safer Neighbourhoods Team
If you think it's getting really bad, perhaps you feel you need to report it even if you know they will get into trouble. It's better they get into a bit of trouble now than it get worse, as they'll just get themselves into a lot more trouble later on:
- You could go to your nearest police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or Safer Neighbourhoods Team
- If it's an emergency and someone is in immediate danger call 999.
- Or for more information visit the Reporting crime section on the Metropolitan Police website or the How to contact us page on this site.