Anti-social behaviour including graffiti

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:

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.

Getting more help

For more information about anti-social behaviour visit our ‘Get the facts’ or ‘More help and advice’ pages.

For other related topics, take a look at our sections on bullying and gangs and group violence.

Anti-social behaviour including graffiti