Antisocial behaviour has a very specific legal definition in Scotland. Where this is met an antisocial behaviour investigation will be started. However more appropriate measures could be used depending on the situation.
The Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 provides that a person engages in antisocial behaviour if they:
- act in a manner that causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress; or
- pursue a course of conduct that causes or is likely to cause alarm or distress
to at least one person not of the same household as them.
If you feel safe to do so, you should speak to the person causing the antisocial behaviour, as this
often sorts the problem out. Sometimes, the person causing the antisocial behaviour might not know they are creating a problem.
Consider resolving it informally. Use Community Mediation if you are unsure about approaching the person direct. They can be contacted on 01595 743934 or see www.shetland-communities.org.uk/subsites/cmt
Seek Advice - see our advice leaflet here or call 01595 744 374.
To make a formal complaint contact:
The Antisocial Behaviour Co-ordinator on 01595 744 374
Shetland Islands Council Housing Service on 01595 744 360 www.shetland.gov.uk/housing
Hjaltland Housing Association on 01595 694986 www.hjaltland.org.uk
For an outline of the investigation process click here.
To view the Antisocial Behaviour Strategy click here.
In an emergency please contact the appropriate emergency service. We do not have a 24-hour service so if it requires immediate action, please contact the local police station on 101 (or 999 in an emergency).
During office hours contact:
Billy Mycock - Antisocial Behaviour Co-ordinator
Shetland Islands Council
Infrastructure Services Department
Environmental Health and Trading Standards
Tel: 01595 744374
Fax: 01595 744802