What is Antisocial Behaviour?
Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Youth offending
Antisocial behaviour refers to how people behave in public. Anyone over the age of 10 can be given an ASBO under the law for behaving antisocially. Behaving antisocially includes drunken or threatening behaviour, property vandalism and graffiti, verbal abuse, harassment, noisy or rowdy behaviour and playing loud music at night.
You might think that this behaviour is harmless and you can get away with it but getting an ASBO can have serious repercussions and you are no longer able to do some of the things which you particularly enjoy.
You won’t be able to go to a particular place, such as your local town and they may say that you cannot drink in the street or hang out with your friendship group if you have caused trouble when being with them.
ASBOs can also have financial implications, as you will often be fined, sometimes as much as £1,000 for certain offences. This is a lot of money! Can you afford to pay that? The impact this can have on you and your family can lead to more problems and an irreversible cycle of poverty and deprivation.
You may be required to work in the community or be given a detention and training order for up to 24 months. This will mean that you are cut off from your friends and when you come back you will have a criminal record which you will have to declare when applying for a job.
Behaving in an antisocial way is bad for business and employers might think that because this is how you behave with your friends, this might be how you behave in the workplace too. Employers might form an impression of you that you are less hard-working because of this.
Antisocial behaviour is also linked to a lack of authority. It could be perceived that how you behave towards your friends and society is likely to be similar to how you behave towards teachers and managers.
It is also difficult for the victims, as those affected by your antisocial behaviour may become too afraid to leave the house. Society as a whole has to pay if you cause criminal damage. There are wider implications to this form of behaviour than simply the person affected.
How to avoid an ASBO
- Try to make friends who don’t behave in a disorderly manner
- Try to avoid drinking on the streets and manage your alcohol so that you can control your behaviour more effectively. Seek help if you are not able to control your alcohol
- When you feel yourself getting angry, take some deep breaths to help you calm down
- If you do get into trouble, try to make a real effort to change
Control your behaviour and you can avoid getting an ASBO. Break the rules and you will keep getting into trouble!
About the Author
Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.