Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBO's)

ASBO: What's this all about then?

ASBO's can only be used against an individual over the age of 10 and must be used in a framework of partnership with all relevant agencies.

All very well and good if your agencies work in partnership?!

The ASBO or 'Anti-Social Behaviour Order' had been hailed as the solution to much of the inappropriate and anti-social behaviour in our communities today, in the United Kingdom.


There is so much written on the ASBO procedure within so much detail, we are not going to try and outdo or reinvent the wheel. If you're looking for a step-by-step, in depth analysis of ASBO use from start to finish, this won't give you that either. If you're looking for an ASBO overview and some independent viewpoints, then this is for you.

We will though however, try and explain in clear and simple terms what an ASBO is and the basics of when an ASBO can be applied for. Hopefully this springboard will give you the basis of where to go next.


Whatever your views, ASBO's are in force for a variety of reasons and across the UK. Anti-Social Behaviour orders can be implemented against any individual who is over the age of ten (10) years. ASBO’s can only be ultimately successful when they are based on an action which is in partnership with all the relevant agencies (the police, local authorities, youth offending teams, registered social landlords, etc).


Ouch! ASBO's can give you up to 5 years in prison (or young offenders institute for young people) or one big fine if they are broken.


If any person then involves themselves in one or more instances to 'harass, alarm or cause distress to others' then by law, they can be bound to an Anti-Social Behaviour Order. If an ASBO conditions are broken, then a fine or imprisonment are real possibilities. So, an ASBO carries legal force, where an ‘Acceptable Behaviour Contract’ (an ABC) for instance, does not.


ASBO's can help protect members of a community from those people who insist on making the lives of others a misery, but may not be successfully prosecuted through just one single incident of inappropriate behaviour. In this instance, those members of society that behave irresponsibly during a consistent time period can be tackled via an order. They are not designed to be a replacement for other existing crime dealing methods or make unlawful behaviour acceptable.


Behaviour which is unwanted can occur in your town centre, your housing estate or even your backyard. Anti-Social Behaviour appears to be more of the 'norm' in modern society than ever before. A person or community experiencing anti-social behaviour can ask their local authority to deal with the problem. It makes no difference if you are a local authority tenant or if you own your own home.


An anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) prevents the 'perpetrator' (those people responsible) from carrying out an anti-social act or series of anti-social behaviour. ASBO's are designed to stop unacceptable and anti-social behaviour and prevent members of the public being targeted further by such acts. The ASBO, in theory, prevents a perpetrator from being present in specific areas in local communities (known as 'exclusion zones').


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