Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies: Finding a Balance

Millie, Andrew; Jacobson, Jessica; McDonald, Eraina and Hough, Mike (2005). Anti-Social Behaviour Strategies: Finding a Balance. Bristol, UK: Policy Press.



The government has introduced new powers for tackling anti-social behaviour, such as Anti-Social Behaviour Orders (ASBOs). This study examines how these powers are being used and what people think of them. The study draws on a national survey with in-depth fieldwork in three neighbourhoods experiencing high levels of ASB. Based on this work, the authors develop principles for responding effectively to problems of anti-social behaviour. The researchers conclude that:

Both national and local ASB strategies should aim for a balance between enforcement and prevention;
Government policy should be more precise in defining ASB;
Clearer limits are needed for the use of civil remedies such as ASBOs.

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