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Common myths about Anti-Social Behaviour

Common myths about Anti-Social Behaviour

Anti-social behaviour is difficult to define and means many different things to many people. The information below attempts to dispel a few myths about anti-social behaviour and to explain your responsibilities as a good citizen of the borough of Poole.

Someone keeps moving my dustbin!

Although irritating some types of behaviour are not classed as anti-social behaviour and will not be investigated by us or the police. In many cases all you have to do is talk to the culprit. The below low level nuisances such as do not constitute anti-social behaviour.

  • Your dustbin being moved or used by a neighbour
  • Seagulls messing up your windows or waking you up
  • Foghorns 
  • Housing development of green spaces
  • Untidy roundabouts
  • Children playing in the street or communal areas or socially gathering
  • DIY and car repairs unless late at night

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I'm afraid to go out

We are fortunate to live in such a safe and beautiful town as Poole. The crime rate here is lower than most of the UK, we have excellent facilities and wonderful countryside on our doorstep. Concern about crime in Poole is much, much greater than the actual levels of crime in the town.

By going about your usual daily life and enjoying what the area has to offer you should be safe and feel safe. Be assured that in most circumstances there are not gangs of youths roaming the street waiting to insult or mug you. However, you should always take the usual precautions with regard to personal safety and property security.

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Where are my children?

Do you know? The police and ourselves receive lots of complaints about young people causing a nuisance, many justified and others a misunderstanding about why youngsters congregate.

Please ensure you know where your children are and what they are doing. Impose boundaries and expectations so they understand the limitations and how to be responsible people. It is no defence to declare "I didn’t know what they were doing" when a policeman calls you. You could both end up in court! If you are having problems coping with your children help is available, so please do contact us.

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How to avoid conflict

By being a responsible citizen and taking into account how your behaviour impacts upon others will make life so much easier for yourself, your family and your community. Here’s a few tips on how to avoid conflict with your neighbours.

  • Don’t play loud music or television between 11pm and 6am. At other times consider your neighbours and if they complain be reasonable, it’s also advisable to close the windows when playing music loudly.
  • Avoid slamming doors and banging up the stairs, this can sound very loud to adjoining properties.
  • All families have their moments when arguments occur. Try and keep your voices down and avoid swearing, it may upset your neighbours and children. If you are having problems in your relationships there are organisations who may be able to help, see what other agencies can help.
  • Be tolerant of others who’s culture, colour, religion and sexual preferences are different from yours. Try and teach this tolerance to your children so they can grow up to understand our multi-cultural society. Complaining on the grounds of prejudice will not be accepted by us, and could be illegal.
  • Avoid noisy DIY or mowing the lawn late at night or in the early hours. If you have to do something during unsocial hours explain to your neighbours first.
  • The same goes for car repairs during unsocial hours. It may also be illegal or breach of tenancy if you do this as a business or for commercial gain or on a public highway.
  • Be careful when having a bonfire in your garden, check that neighbours don’t have washing out, or on a warm day have their windows open. Warn them prior to lighting up. At times a bonfire may be dangerous, we can advise you on the rules regarding bonfires.
  • BBQ’s are wonderful social events on a warm summer’s evening, don’t let them get out of hand. Be careful of the smoke when initially lighting it, ensure there’s no washing on lines and make sure noise is kept within reasonable bounds. Enjoy!
  • Neighbours have often been known to call the police to noisy parties. To avoid upset let your neighbours know, even invite them! If the noise goes into the early hours they may well have cause for complaint and we may issue you with a warning. Watch your teenager’s party, these are often the ones that can get out of hand when alcohol is involved and no one supervising.
  • Don’t trespass on others property or use it as a shortcut. You do not have a right to enter to check drains or fences. Speak to your neighbour first.
  • Try and keep your garden neat, it doesn’t need to be Groundforce standard but by keeping weeds down and hedges trimmed you and the whole community will benefit.
  • Car parking can be a nightmare in some streets, we now have more cars on the roads and consequently a shortage of spaces. You do not have a right to park outside your own house on a public road, anyone can park there. Equally no one should be parking on footpaths as this is dangerous for pedestrians. Try to be considerate of others.

Don’t forget to pass these messages on to your family. Unnecessarily noisy and anti-social children and visitors can cause a problem in any neighbourhood.

Even when you have been reasonable and taken every precaution some neighbours are simply intolerant of others lifestyle because it is different from their own. Neighbours like this can make some people’s lives just as miserable as a "neighbour from hell" and consulting a mediation service may be appropriate.

In an ideal world we would all be tolerant and courteous towards our neighbours and act in a responsible, reasonable manner. However, the few bad neighbours can spoil life for a whole community. In these cases you may need the help of one of Poole’s many agencies, contact us for advice.

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