Anti-social and nuisance behaviour can severely disrupt a community and it can also cause people to start to feel very vulnerable about issues like their personal safety and ability to enjoy their lives in peace. Of course, what may be considered ‘nuisance behaviour’ by some people might be thought of by others as an over-reaction to a particular incident or situation.
There are Laws Governing Anti-Social Behaviour, so it’s worthwhile checking your local authority’s website where you will find out what it considers to be cases which it will be prepared to investigate and, where appropriate, to take action.
How does Diarising Nuisance Behaviour Help?
Firstly, depending on whether the behaviour does actually constitute ‘nuisance behaviour’ under the law, it will be up to the local authority to decide whether any kind of formal action will be made against the alleged perpetrator(s). In some instances, they have the power to do that themselves, while in more serious cases or cases in which the nuisance behaviour actually constitutes a criminal offence, they may also have to resort to Getting The Police Involved.
If the matter was to go to court, the police would need hard evidence that an offence has been committed. This is why keeping a record of particular incidents is crucial if some kind of prosecution is to be brought. Even if the police aren’t involved, the same kind of record keeping would be vital if the matter is to be dealt with by the local authority on its own.
Therefore, it’s often down to an individual or group of members of a particular community - who are, after all, those who are directly affected by the behaviour - who are best placed to keep these records. These records can then be presented to the local authority or, indeed, to the police if the case was to go to court.
How to Effectively Keep a Diary of Nuisance Behaviour
The best way of keeping records of instances of nuisance or anti-social behaviour is to write down all instances of it occurring. Therefore, just as with a diary, you need to make a note of the date, the time and the details of what has occurred, and it’s always better to do this as you witness it so that you can be sure your records are accurate.
If you have names or descriptions of particular suspects, keep a record of these also. Of course, an alleged perpetrator of nuisance behaviour might say that it’s your word against theirs, which is why if you’ve been able to gather any additional evidence such as photographs, video evidence (via a camcorder), or audio evidence (by perhaps using a Dictaphone), it’ll often be this supporting evidence which, ultimately, leads to a successful prosecution or resolution to a particular issue.
The important thing in this regard, however, is not to place yourself in any kind of situation in which the gathering of any additional evidence could potentially inflame a situation, or put you at risk of physical assault or place you in danger. By that, it means that while it’s useful if you can capture any photos, video and/or audio evidence from the safety of your own home, you should do this covertly and in a manner by which you can’t be detected.
By going out onto the street armed with a camcorder or camera, you’re likely to only inflame a situation, which could result in making matters worse and perhaps become dangerous to you physically.
It’s your safety and the safety of others around you that is your utmost priority, so any record or diary keeping and gathering of evidence should be carried out with that in mind. Most local authorities now have specially dedicated teams dealing with anti-social/nuisance behaviour and, unless a criminal act has been committed or you or others around you are faced with the possibility of physical assault, you should contact your local authority first. However, if you’re unsure and you’re concerned that a particular situation is threatening to get out of hand, you should still have no hesitation in calling the police.
My neighbour is an alcoholic and his brother is a drug addict between the pair of themThey are always at my door asking for money for either bus fare of a bottle of cider which results in them arguing sometimes violently and I'm caught in the middle of it what do I do?
The local police are the people to contact in this instance.
ProblemNeighbours - 22-Mar-17 @ 10:53 AM
My neighbour is an alcoholic and his brother is a drug addict between the pair of them
They are always at my door asking for money for either bus fare of a bottle of cider which results in them arguing sometimes violently and I'm caught in the middle of it what do i do?
Del - 19-Mar-17 @ 10:59 AM
This is a good website app I have been harassed by the owner and the previous owner and management as well as that maintenance man and helpers also some neighbors have a stressed no sleep can't keep in my room ready for the extra money my friends family cetera have been accused of being drug dealers is not the case I can't have my grandchildren here because of that and other episodes of that happened so much stress is really become pretty serious I've had to stay up at night just to watch My property try to have friends over with family but they approached and accused of being drug dealers try to have friends over with family but there bro just an excuse to being the dealer so I have no more company Freand to come by even to play a little bit of music which we do play I when do not have any social activities are gatherings mihome because of the harassment and threats that are becoming more difficult to handle I fear for my life at times even driving out here is a problem and sometimes scared of being stopped and beating up one way in one way out Road I've had died things thrown at me I'm sure who neighbors have calling the police on me for no reason being accused of my friend stealing a bicycle that xcetera out of their yards some of my property has been stolen email sometimes it seems like it's going to slow down it comes around again from quick drive thrus with the maintenance guys aggressive behavior and by the maintenance guys drive thru aggressive speaking be havior on top of looks that give me have I have to stay inside beer for my animals myself my friends all the used to come and see even some of My renters of the front room had to leave because of being accused of drug activity show on as I speak manager is pulled upVeracruz has already left I got a camera outside but it show the area front room that I went so often cameras on my place ever since I've been here I've had people tell me that they directed right onto my house for no reason at all and from what I see it's against the law for them to do that invasion of privacy and so on I didn't make reports downtown Kansas City on this man manager on harassment assault nothing was done called the police they said I had to come down and make a report never did that feeling that nothing was going to be done anyway I did make the call and the neighbor was talking about done somebody getting shot I don't know understand it all but My because that one somebody came out of my house and went to his house and stole a bicycle at noon broad daylight and which I can't have anybody here nobody's been here for a while because of their harassment No should I put the two neighbors involves hi Chris which is an employee of there's and the neighbor name is Jeremy he's the one with the verbal talk about shooting someone 3. But not sure what to do at this point I was served papers to appear in court being sued for $9,000 went to court the judge the man suing me heading to paperwork indicating h
rdee - 8-Dec-15 @ 3:38 PM
That kind of neighbors are all hypocrite and idiot they are already old expecting they act according to their age..evil neighbors
fattywoman - 6-May-15 @ 2:14 PM
@EasyE. If you are unhappy with theway your situation has been handled then you could try the Housing Ombudsman as a last resort.
ProblemNeighbours - 23-Mar-15 @ 11:37 AM
Attended court today after my neighbour assaulted me and my 9 year old child. The solicitor appointed to me by the CPS was awful and I couldn't really instruct her because I wasn't in the room. My neighbours defence was that she had an altercation with someone but that it wasn't me. She lied in court and got away with years of abuse. I feel so enraged that the laws cannot protect me and my family and am left with no options but to protect myself. I was surprised at how distraught I was and ended up crying like a baby in the courts toilet. No one told me the outcome of how to appeal. I was knocking doors and no responses. Such a dissapointed in my Housing Association and the Laws. I now have to move because she will make life even worst... And do it alone. Not fair at all!
EaseyE - 19-Mar-15 @ 5:56 PM
@MissA. Contact the police on a non emergency number and ask what you should do - offer them the chance to view the CCTV footage too.
ProblemNeighbours - 4-Mar-15 @ 11:31 AM
My neighbours and their friends keep slandering me in the neighbourhood and shouting abuse at my window. On a couple ocassions, I have caught their voice on camera calling me a whore/slut, they've also gone pass me and called me a chink which is not on film. Others and my family (evidence not shown to them) will not believe me, as they did not directly witness it.
I was actually filming our driveway to see who was scratching family cars and forgot about it. The thing is our house is semi-detached, neighbours house extends infront beyond, so window and house opposite can be viewed on camera, one filmed accidently in dark, can I use this as legal evidence and does it infringe privacy rights. I swivelled camera towards their window momentarily when I heard them and found out who it actually was.