How it Affects Me

How it Affects Me

Anti-social behaviour (ASB) can affect every area of your life especially when you live next-door to it.

When you report the ASB you need to clearly describe the impact it is having on your life.  The more you can spell out how it is affecting your quality of life and your daily routine the more notice local agencies are going to take.

Example

Recently a victim asked me to take a look at their Community Trigger application.  They had summarised in just one sentence the fact that they had needed to move into different rooms to try and reduce the impact of the noise from the neighbour.  My advice was to really spell out the impact.

The application mentioned disturbed sleep.  I advised them to expand on how this affected their work as well as general health.  They had a son studying for exams which was also definitely worth emphasising.

How is the Behaviour Affecting You?

Noise can simply be a nuisance, and council officers know that.  Yet noise (and any anti-social behaviour) can also be so much more, impacting on health, employment, education, emotional wellbeing and relationships.  A police officer told me recently about a victim who is on their final warning at work because the ASB is impacting on their ability to do their job.

So when reporting an incident of anti-social behaviour, and especially a Community Trigger application, ask yourself:

  • How has this behaviour affected by quality of life?
  • How is it impacting on my health?
  • Is it interfering with my work or my education?
  • How has this behaviour impacted on my daily routine?
  • How do I feel each day or each time it happens?
  • Has it negatively impacted on my family or friends, for example meaning I cannot have people round to visit?

These questions should help you draw out all the ways you are being affected and the harm caused.

Be specific.  Spell it out and do not let agencies belittle what is happening to you.

Jenny Herrera

1 comment so far

Wendy Posted on4:47 pm - May 18, 2019

Just unbearable and unbelievable, have had enough 2 years and 6 months of torture, neighbour’s music. Have filled in endless diaries, took recordings on our cassette but when we visited our housing association on Thursday 16th, they said it would not stand a chance as it has to be dated, timed and length of time, we thought we had done this by the diaries filled in but apparently it needs to be digitally recorded and not as we had it.

So now we have to start diaries all over again, just can not let this sink in at present My husband has had a breakdown over this and I am disabled, the ASB person is driving us insane, he drinks heavy but works. Have informed local Police regarding his behaviour they attended and had a talk to him, when they left he went ballistic thumping the wall, swearing, then the music went on extremely loud for 48 hours solid.

Our housing association just do not seem to care much, all that was said is we have to get all the evidence we can if we are to through him out. Understand this but why o’ why did they not tell us to fill in diaries 2 years ago and tape recordings? This ASB person has broken every single rule in the tenancy book and seem to be more on his side than ours.

It is killing us having this noise level and behaviour especially from someone in their 60’s, we are pretty certain that something is seriously wrong with him.

What on earth do we need to do? Have told the environment noise people who want to wait until they receive a report from our landlords ASB manager. Nobody but nobody will listen to us. Help please help.