Antisocial Behaviour

Antisocial behaviour is destructive to communities and does not have to be tolerated. We all have a responsibility to report antisocial behaviour so that it can be stopped. If you are a witness to or a victim of antisocial behaviour please report it to help make our community safer.

How to Report Antisocial Behaviour

Community Wardens are operational from 13:00hrs to 23:30hrs and should be contacted on 0800 01 317 01 when incidents of antisocial behaviour are occurring.  An answering machine is available if the line is busy.

If you wish to speak to an antisocial behaviour investigator (Social Protection Team) to discuss your options or ask for advice they can be contacted between 09:00hrs and 17:00hrs on 01475 714204.

You can also report antisocial behaviour via the email in the Contacts section of this page. This is checked by antisocial behaviour investigators during office hours so should not be used to report live incidents.

What is Antisocial Behaviour?

The definition of antisocial behaviour, as described in the Antisocial Behaviour Etc. (Scotland) Act 2004, is as follows:

"A person engages in antisocial behaviour if they act in a manner that causes or is likely to cause alarm and distress or pursues a course of conduct which causes or is likely to cause alarm and distress to at least one person who is not of the same household"

An incident must take place on at least two occasions for it to be classed as antisocial behaviour. Examples of antisocial behaviour include:

  • Loitering and behaving in a disruptive manner
  • Disorderly behaviour
  • Vandalism
  • Noisy parties
  • Verbal abuse

What is not Antisocial Behaviour?

It can be difficult to determine what antisocial behaviour is and although there are some types of behaviour which people can find annoying they are not classed as antisocial and may not be investigated by us. Some examples of what is not antisocial behaviour include:

  • Children playing in the street or communal areas - unless they are causing damage to property.
  • Young people gathering socially - unless they are being disruptive, intimidating individuals, etc.
  • Behaviour that is merely different to your own, for example a different lifestyle, culture or religion.
  • Being unable to park outside your own home.


Crimes including incidents of violence, suspected drug dealing and racial harassment should always be reported to Police Scotland on 999 or 101 for non-emergencies.
In the case of a fire emergency Scottish Fire & Rescue Service should be contacted on 999.