Are you involved in anti-social behaviour?
If you've been accused of being involved in anti-social behaviour you may feel as though you are being targeted by the police or that people in your area have got something against you.
But have a think about how other people see you:
- maybe you are quite loud and this is disturbing people in their homes
- perhaps you and your friends take over sections of the street
- you might look or behave in a threatening manner
- dropping litter and swearing will be seen as disrespectful
You can do things so people know you are not anti-social such as:
- thinking about other people who are in your area
- if it's late, respecting other people's right to peace and quiet
- sticking to areas you know you are allowed to go - don't wander onto private property
- not shouting at people, swearing or acting aggressively
- if there is any trouble, always walking away
- not littering
- not breaking the law; stealing things, joyriding and damaging property
What can you do?
Maybe you feel a bit lost, that your home life isn't good. Maybe all you need is something to do. The important thing is to talk to someone about it:
- your parents or a responsible adult
- a teacher
- your Safer Schools Officer or Safer Neighbourhoods Team
- a good friend
- an organisation like ChildLine on 0800 1111
Remember if what you're doing continues you may get arrested or even get a criminal record. Having a criminal record could stop you gaining entry into your chosen college or university, getting a job and could place restrictions on you travelling to some countries like the United States of America.
It's in your hands to put a stop to it.