Crime Prevention and Community Safety

, Volume 13, Issue 1, pp 1–15

Responding to anti-social behaviour: Analysis, interventions and the transfer of knowledge

  • Karen Bullock
Original Article

DOI: 10.1057/cpcs.2010.19

Cite this article as:
Bullock, K. Crime Prev Community Saf (2011) 13: 1. doi:10.1057/cpcs.2010.19


This article examines contemporary responses to anti-social behaviour (ASB) in England and Wales. Drawing on empirical evidence, it examines how ASB problems are understood and prioritised by practitioners; the nature of the interventions developed and implemented to address problems; and the ways in which outcomes are evaluated. The article points to how systematic analysis of ASB problems is unusual and responses are usually reactive; there has been a focus on enforcement interventions rather than on the development of broader solutions to problems; and evaluation of outcomes is weak. These findings are discussed in relation to the development of the ASB agenda in England and Wales. Implications for solving problems are discussed.


anti-social behaviour analysis enforcement transfer of knowledge 

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© Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Karen Bullock
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of SurreyGuildfordUK

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