Find out how you can help stop it and more on the ASB Community Trigger.

If anti-social behaviour is affecting your quality of life, or making you fear for your safety or the safety of others, there are people who can help. You can contact the police, your local council Community Safety Department or, if relevant, your housing provider.

These partner agencies have a role to play in reducing anti-social behaviour, supporting the most vulnerable and dealing with the people responsible.

Anti-social behaviour is an incident that falls short of a crime, where the behaviour of an individual or group causes or is likely to cause:

  • harassment, alarm or distress to any person, not of the same household
  • another party feeling personally threatened
  • creates a public nuisance or detrimental impact upon the environment
  • has a detrimental effect upon the quality of life of an individual or the community as a whole

You can apply for the Community Trigger on behalf of someone else, but you must provide their written consent alongside the application form.


It is important to keep records of when and what behaviour is happening. Don't be afraid to tell one of the partner agencies about it and to ask for support when you need it. To help you and others:

Ride-along scheme

You can also apply to be part of a ride-along, where members of the public accompany a patrol and observe everyday police activities.

To apply for a ride-along, please download the forms at the bottom of this page; print, fill in and post them to:

Ride-along scheme coordinator
Local Policing Support Unit
PO Box 2
Essex Police Headquarters

You must complete section 5 of the vetting form before you submit it.

This means you have to present your original identification documents and one copy to either a member of the police service or a school/college teacher, who will complete and sign section 5.

The copies must then be sent with the form.

Acceptable identification documents include:

  • a bank statement or any official document proving your name and address
  • a five-year passport

The vetting process could take up to four weeks.

If you have any queries, please call 101, then extension 130072.

Anti-social behaviour Community Trigger

The Community Trigger empowers repeat victims of anti-social behaviour to ask for a review of the actions partner agencies have taken to resolve their concerns. To be eligible, you need to:

  • have experienced three incidents as an individual in the last six months

Each of the incidents need to have been reported within one month of them taking place and you must apply for community trigger within six months of the latest incident. The victim can be a business, individual or a community group.


How to use the Community Trigger

Access the Community Trigger in your local area: