There is no precise definition of antisocial behaviour. Generally it describes persistent behaviour that causes or is likely to cause harm or distress to people in the surrounding area. Antisocial behaviour can cause people to feel unsafe outside their homes, leading to greater social isolation.
In Christchurch, common forms of antisocial behaviour causing concern include:
- dangerous driving
- drug and alcohol-fuelled behaviour, and
- the activities of "boy racers".
The 2010 Quality of Life Survey found that 77% of residents saw dangerous driving as a problem in their area. Other issues identified were graffiti (73%), alcohol and drug problems (66%), car theft or damage to cars (60%), vandalism (51%) and the presence of unsafe people (47%).
Read the full issue summary on antisocial behaviour [PDF] - updated August 2016.