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:
- phone - 01273 293 030
- or email Housing.CustomerServices@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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:
- phone - 01273 292 735 (please leave a voicemail)
- or email CommunitySafety.Casework@brighton-hove.gov.uk
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
Noise is dealt with by our colleagues in Environmental Health (EHL). Find out how to report a noise problem. We do not deal with noise cases unless there is also ASB or hate incidents involved.
Drug litter and fly tipping can be reported to our colleagues in City Clean. Report a problem and request a clean-up.
Find out how we help rough sleepers in the city and how to let us know you're concerned about someone living on the street including those living in tents.
Other ways to report
You can find more information and ways to report hate incidents on the specific pages below:
- Racist and religiously motivated incidents
- Disability hate incidents
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) hate incidents
We’re also working with community partners to offer an option of reporting Hate Incidents to them in a confidential safe space.
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
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.
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.