Reducing crime and anti-social behaviour

What we're doing to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour in the city.

Everyone in Brighton & Hove has a right to feel safe.

Brighton & Hove City Council is working alongside partner agencies to address crime and community safety issues. We have dedicated staff working in the areas of racist and religiously motivated incidents and crimes, LGBT hate incidents and crimes, disability hate incidents and crimes, domestic violence and anti-social behaviour. Where appropriate, we will also signpost and refer to other services.

If you’ve experienced any form of hate or anti-social behaviour, please do report it. We will listen to you and take you seriously. 

Anti-social behaviour and Hate Incidents

Anti-social behaviour is behaviour that causes alarm, distress harassment to you or your family. Examples include:

  • shouting and swearing
  • violence or threatening violence
  • verbal abuse
  • intimidation of neighbours
  • some criminal activity

Report to Sussex Police 

In an emergency phone 999 and ask for the police.

If it is not an emergency you can contact the police by phoning 101.  

You can also report online at www.sussex.police.uk.  

Report to Brighton & Hove City Council 

Council tenants, council leaseholders and tenants of leaseholders should report anti-social behaviour and Hate Incidents to Housing Customer Services by:

You can also report anti-social behaviour online

Housing association tenants should report anti-social behaviour and Hate Incidents to their housing provider. Brighton & Hove City Council cannot intervene in housing association cases. 

The Community Safety Team 

Private rented sector tenants and owner occupiers can report anti-social behaviour and Hate Incidents to the Community Safety Team by:

You can also report anti-social behaviour online

Issues the Community Safety Team can’t help with: 

  • Something that requires an immediate response. The CSCT is a casework rather than an emergency response service.  

  • If you do not know the identity (name or address) of those involved in ASB or Hate Incidents you may want to report the incident to Sussex police for them to investigate. We do not have any power to require someone to provide their name, address, or date of birth.  

  • If a report has already been made to the police, we may not be able to take any action as to do so could interfere with a police investigation. 

  • Drug use and drug dealing are criminal offences. Please report these to Sussex Police by calling 999 in an emergency or if the crime is taking place or by calling 101 or via the Sussex Police website at any other time.   

The following can be reported to other services 

Other ways to report

You can find more information and ways to report hate incidents on the specific pages below:

We’re also working with community partners to offer an option of reporting Hate Incidents to them in a confidential safe space. 

Possability People 
Montague House, Montague Place, Brighton, BN2 1JE 
Phone: 01273 894 040 
Open: 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday 

Racial Harassment Forum 
Community Base,113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG 
Phone: 01273 234 017 or 07563 389482 
Open: 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday 

Rainbow Hub 
Ledward Centre, Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1UU 
Phone: 07714 782585 
Open: 11am to 4pm, Friday to Sunday 

ASB and hate incidents case review (Community Trigger)

The Community Trigger is a process you can use to ask agencies to review their response to anti-social behaviour or hate incidents you have reported. You can use the Community Trigger if you have reported 3 separate incidents within the past 6 months to:

  • the police
  • the council or
  • your housing provider

and you are dissatisfied with the response you have received. You can activate the Community Trigger on behalf of someone else if you have their written consent. 

Useful links

Links to other helpful information:

  • Drinking in public to find designated public place orders in Brighton & Hove
  • Sussex Police to make a report to the police and your local neighbourhood policing officers
  • the Police to check statistics and view a map of crime in your local area
  • our domestic abuse information to get help and support if you, or someone you know is affected
  • Victim Support to get support if you've been affected by a crime
  • The Upstanders Network provides a forum for diverse groups to share experiences of hate crime in their communities, give feedback to services and work together on collaborative projects and events.