Melton Borough Council

Tackling anti-social behaviour

Please be a considerate neighbour - six top tips:

  1. DIY: You may be an early riser, but others may not be - consider not mowing the lawn or starting DIY at the crack of dawn.

  2. Parties: Neighbours are less likely to have a problem with a party if they are aware of it in advance.  

  3. Cars: Make sure the music in your car isn't disturbing others.

  4. Alarms: Have a nominated key holder for your property when you are away, who can be contacted quickly if the house alarm goes off.

  5. Stereo & T.V: Position the TV and speakers away from the neighbours wall.  Raise them up off the floor if possible. 

  6. Dogs: Constant barking or whining of a dog can be disturbing to neighbours.

If you decide to talk to the person responsible for anti-social behaviour it may help to consider the following: 

  • Step 1 - Let the person know there is a problem. Be calm and polite as they may not know they are causing you any distress
  • Step 2 - Ask them for some of their time to talk about the problem. You may wish to take a friend with you if you do not want to go on your own
  • If you still feel concerned, write a polite letter to re address the problem - see below.
  • Step 3 - If you still feel concerned, write a polite letter to re address the problem

Here are some letter templates that may help you in your dealings with your neighbours:

Noisy neighbour - letter template (Word Format)

What we are doing to tackle anti-social behaviour?

Our approach in dealing with anti-social behaviour covers all aspects from prevention to rehabilitation and we will protect and support victims and witnesses. Where necessary, we will also refer alleged perpetrators to support agencies. As each case of anti-social behaviour is unique so is the way in which we handle each complaint, and our actions will depend upon the nature and severity of each incident.

Incremental approach

We have adopted an incremental approach to manage anti-social behaviour in a consistent, proportionate and phased manner. To prevent and tackle anti-social behaviour, we work in partnership with with various external agencies (Leicestershire Constabulary, Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Victim Support etc).

Community trigger process

The community trigger process gives victims and communities the ability to demand action, starting with a review of their case, in order to find a solution.