During the period 2013/14, our team of Community Safety Wardens have carried out 8,791 hours of patrols within the Caerphilly County Borough.

They have also visited a total of 1,458 ‘hotspot’ locations and attended a total of 166 community meetings.

Our CCTV operators monitor 150 cameras throughout the county borough 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.



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Anti-Social behaviour FAQ's

What is anti-social behaviour?

Anti social behaviour is any kind of repeated behaviour that is likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

People can experience anti-social behaviour in many different ways, for example, there may be a problem with people hanging around a local shop, preventing others from entering it or it may be that while out and about, you witness damage or graffiti being caused to a building.

These issues may not affect you directly but they do affect the local community and people’s quality of life.

Other examples of anti-social behaviour include:

  • Intimidating gatherings of young people in public areas
  • Damage to cars and property, including graffiti and vandalism
  • Using and selling drugs
  • Alcohol and solvent abuse
  • Uncontrolled pets and animals
  • Harassment, including racist and homophobic
  • Nuisance from vehicles, including abandonment
  • Riding motorcycles on footpaths

What is the cost of anti-social behaviour to our community?

The cost of anti-social behaviour to our communities is extremely high – the fear and stress that can be generated as a result of such behaviour cannot be quantified and can impact on all aspects of every day life.

What is being done about anti-social behaviour?

The Government has responded to anti-social behaviour by providing agencies with a toolkit to tackle the issue. The use of ASBO’s, Injunctions, ABC’s and Dispersal Orders are available to partner agencies to combat anti-social behaviour.

The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership has in place a mechanism for identifying individuals whose persistent anti-social behaviour causes problems within our communities and for considering appropriate action to seek to modify such behaviour. This may or many not include considering applying for an ASBO or the use of an ABC.

The Safer Caerphilly partnership operates a 4 Strike system in dealing with anti-social behaviour:

  • Strike 1 – 1st stage warning letter sent
  • Strike 2 – 2nd stage warning letter sent
  • Strike 3 – A multi-agency meeting is called to discuss the alleged behaviour and look at how to address it. As a result of this meeting, the perpetrator may be invited to sign an ABC. If the perpetrator is under 18, they are also offered a mentor from the Youth Offending Services’ “Promise” project for the 6-month duration.
  • Strike 4 – A further referral is received. The case is referred to the Anti Social Behaviour Problem Solving Group where court action is needed.

In the most serious cases of anti-social behaviour, where it is deemed necessary that the community requires more immediate protection from the offender’s behaviour, the process can be accelerated. An interim ASBO application can be made to the court in less than 48 hours if necessary.

What is an Acceptable Behaviour Contact (ABC)?

An ABC is a voluntary agreement between the offender and the partnership (represented by the police, a housing officer, a YOS (Youth Offending Service) representative and the anti-social behaviour co-ordinator).

The perpetrator is requested to sign up to a number of conditions that relate to the referrals received regarding their behaviour. The contract runs for a 6-month period and a breach may result in another meeting with the perpetrator, a visit, a letter or a referral to the Anti Social Behaviour Problem Solving Group.

The Youth Offending Service (YOS) also offer a mentor as part of the “Promise” mentoring project.

Adults who are invited to sign ABC’s can also be offered support programmes to help with any problems they may have that contribute to their anti-social behaviour, e.g. alcohol or other substance misuse, anger management etc.

What is an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO)?

  • It is an order imposed by the courts.
  • It sets down prohibitions, which include exclusions from an area, prohibited contact with specified individuals and prohibition of certain actions, to prevent any further anti social behaviour and protect the community or individual.
  • It can be granted for life.
  • It protects the community from behaviour that causes harassment, alarm or distress.

Failure to comply with the conditions of an ASBO is a criminal offence punishable by a fine or imprisonment.

What is the Anti-Social Behaviour Problem Solving Group?

Continued anti-social behaviour will result in offenders being asked to attend a meeting with members of the partnership who form the Anti Social Behaviour Problem Solving Group.

The group reinforces to the offender that such behaviour is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. It also provides further opportunity to identify the root cause of the offender’s problems and offer the person additional support if necessary.

Approval may be given by the group to proceed with an application for an Anti Social Behaviour Order if other interventions fail to stop the behaviour.

Are all cases of anti-social behaviour recorded?

Incidents of anti-social behaviour and personal details will only be put on the database once a letter has been sent to the offender – if a referral comes in and the behaviour is of a trivial nature then the details will not be entered.

The information held by the partnership will be held according to the Data Protection Act. Data sharing with partner agencies is permitted by Section 115 of the Crime and Disorder Act (1998) if this is necessary to prevent a criminal offence.