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Greater Manchester Police Data - Antisocial Behaviour
Recorded antisocial behaviour statistics

Not all calls to the Police relate to incidents that are actually, formally crimes. In many instances, the caller may want a policing response to something that is related to community safety, but not in fact a crime for which someone could be arrested or charged with an offence in law. Examples of this would be when the Police are asked to attend incidents relating to transport, or to the welfare of the public, or where the Police are asked to respond to a report of a missing person.

Singlepoint presents information relating to the calls they receive that relate to antisocial behaviour. The term anti-social behaviour covers a wide range of selfish and unacceptable activity that can blight the quality of community life. Terms such as ‘nuisance’, ‘disorder’ and ‘harassment’ are also used to describe some of this behaviour. The government’s national website specialising in antisocial behaviour gives the following as examples:

  • Nuisance neighbours
  • Yobbish behaviour and intimidating groups taking over public spaces
  • Vandalism, graffiti and fly-posting
  • People dealing and buying drugs on the street
  • People dumping rubbish and abandoned cars
  • Begging and anti-social drinking
  • The misuse of fireworks
  • Reckless driving of mini-motorbikes.


  • A legal definition of anti-social behaviour is found in the Crime and Disorder Act 1988. The Act describes anti-social behaviour as 'acting in an anti-social manner as a manner that caused or was likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress to one or more persons not of the same household as the complainant'.

    In recording and categorising the calls that it receives as a service, Greater Manchester Police adopts a similar process to the calls it receives about crimes i.e. it is required to categorise its calls in accordance with the national criteria – the National Standard for Incident Recording, which instructs the Police to collect data about all of the following individually:

  • Street drinking
  • Solvent abuse (not drink or drugs)
  • Begging
  • Prostitution related activity
  • Animal related problem
  • T'phone / Txt: Threatening or abusive calls
  • T'phone / Txt: Hoax calls to emergency services
  • Vehicles: Abandoned
  • Vehicles: Nuisance or inappropriate use
  • Noise: Business & industry
  • Noise: Alarms
  • Noise: Pubs & Clubs
  • Noise: Vehicle & other devices
  • Nuisance: Environmental damage/littering
  • Nuisance: Fireworks
  • Nuisance: Rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour
  • Nuisance: Neighbours
  • Trespassing
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