Antisocial behaviour is any aggressive, intimidating or destructive act that impacts on another person’s quality of life.
Depending on the nature of the behaviour, it can be dealt with by the police or Antisocial Behaviour Team at your local council.
In an emergency, call 999.
Deliberate ignition is the largest single cause of fires in the country. Addressing the problem of arson and deliberate fire setting is a priority for the force, working closely with Humberside Fire & Rescue Service, anti-social behaviour teams, housing teams and local authorities.
If you know who is breaking into buildings or starting fires, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. If you discover a fire, call the fire service on 999.
Arson does not only have an impact on the building set alight. Neighbouring properties can be severely damaged and lives put at risk.
Buildings damaged by fire can remain unoccupied for long periods of time, which can lead to an increase in antisocial behaviour in the immediate area.
Those entering derelict buildings – whether they are looking for a place to sleep or simply to meet with friends or look around – are at risk of injury, particularly if the building has been made unsafe by fire.
Fires are often started using fly-tipped waste – which can also cause risks to health by attracting vermin. If you know of individuals or bogus waste carriers illegally dumping rubbish, call your local council.
Remove any rubbish from in and around your property and dispose of it responsibly, by using an official council recycling site.
Make sure your wheelie bins are secure and kept out of view whenever possible. Only put your bin out on the day of collection and bring them in as soon as possible.
If someone offers to take waste away for you, ensure they carry a valid waste carriers' licence. If in doubt, call the Environment Agency on 0370 850 6506 to check. If your waste is dumped by a bogus waste carrier, you are still responsible and could be fined.