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How to Tackle the Youths Gathering Outside your House

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 9 Jul 2021 | comments*Discuss
 
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Some teenage gangs will often congregate on parks and street corners for want of having no better place to hang out. Quite often, this will be perfectly innocent and there will be nothing sinister about it. However, it can create a problem if they are constantly congregating outside of your own house, with issues such as noise and litter just two of the less serious problems this can cause.

Don’t Overreact

The chances are that any gangs of teenagers who happen to be congregating outside your house will not be there for long. Therefore, in the vast majority of cases, you should simply ignore their behaviour as it’s likely that they will move on before too long. However, if you’re starting to find that this occurs regularly, there are a few things you can do.

Speak to Them Directly

In deciding to speak to the teenagers directly, it’s important to assess the situation first of all. If, for example, they have been drinking alcohol, the situation might get out of hand. There have been so many cases where adults have been attacked when confronting youths, so if you’re unsure of your own safety, Call The Police.

If the teenagers are just outside your house but not threatening anybody’s safety or damaging property, the best thing would be to call your local police force and ask them to send out an officer out to investigate. In most cases, a stern word from a police officer will see them move on, but the police also have the power to issue a dispersal order and to take other action if necessary.

If you do decide to go out to talk to them, avoid any confrontation, keep a safe distance and ensure you can get back into your house quickly if need be. It’s often very much a judgement call but if you’re polite and simply ask them to move on because you can’t get to sleep or your baby’s crying, for example, they’ll usually comply with your wishes. You should go back inside and call the police at the first sign of any hostility or abuse. Don't make the mistake of 'rising to the bait' or being drawn into an argument which could escalate the problem.

Sitting on Walls or Fences

If teenage gangs are congregating by sitting on your wall or fence, they are trespassing and there are laws against this. Equally, there are Anti-Social Laws relating to noise, litter and damage to property, so the police have a duty to investigate these matters if you are concerned.

Community Initiatives

For many kids, the problems caused by congregating outside of people’s homes is because there is nowhere else to go – at least in their eyes. If these kinds of problems are occurring in your neighbourhood, it can be a good idea to get together with other residents and with local community groups and community police officers to see if there is anything that can be introduced that might help to alleviate the problem.

Many teenage kids feel marginalised within their local community. By getting involved in community initiatives which demonstrate that you care about teenagers’ opinions, you may learn a lot. Maybe you can help to set up some kind of youth group in your area? It often helps if you speak with the heads of local secondary schools who may also be able to shed some light on the causes of the problems. This might also enable you to jointly come up with some kind of initiative whereby the youths will have a safe place to go to socialise and to engage in some types of sporting or leisure activities.

If residents collectively give up a little of their own free time to address the concerns of the youths in conjunction with local community groups, this can often have the effect of helping teenagers to find a suitable place to meet up and to participate in stimulating activities, which will help them feel a part of their own community and Make The Neighbourhood A Nicer Place To Live.

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I'm having trouble at the moment with youths outside my house, kicking a football at my car ,next door kids leaving their McDonald's litter on my wall every Friday ,this is what they have for tea.ive complained to the council , the police but to no avail ,so l emailed the mayor ,he passed it on to the local councillor that has been in touch ,let's see how it goes,not holding my breath!!!
Mustard - 9-Jul-21 @ 10:11 PM
DO NOT listen to this advise as asking them to leave will only cause more trouble plus the police will refuse to help.
Tehrg - 7-May-21 @ 6:24 PM
Teenagers aged 10-19 are doing this stuff on Culfor Rd. Local Police force and Community Policewoman Jane Philipps totally not interested in complaints about kids knocking on doors and windows, pelting stones, pulling up flowers, emptying bins, shouting, swearing and hitting others kids. If your face fits, Jane will get off her arse making some noise to appease you but in reality she couldn’t give a f* all. Totally useless bint as are the police in general.
Chris - 19-Apr-21 @ 11:00 PM
I have been contacting police for the past 3 years and nothing has been done. We live in a flat above a takeaway which is also attached to a shop. Every single day kids aged 9-19 both male and female hang around next to our door. They bash the door multiple times a day to the point its broken and I had to put smtn heavy behind the door just to keep it close. They have also thrown stones, dirt, empty bottles at my window like everyday. My poor mother is so traumatised by them as she has asked them to leave kindly but was told to fk off and other racial abuse. We have no idea what to do as it seems some of them even carry knives. The fact that we are the only ones being targeted is very scary for me and my family. My dad works hard and he's not even able to sleep because of these kids. We are running out of options. We do not know what to do anymore. We are in need of serious help. Have been asking police for help for years now.
Ayaan - 16-Apr-21 @ 10:05 PM
You can purchase a Teenage anti-social device that will submit sonic sound waves.They don't like it and should move on.
Empowered Senior Cit - 2-Apr-21 @ 1:56 PM
On reading the above messages and what with China and Russia becoming more of a threat are we ready for another war to reset values again?
Prophit - 20-Mar-21 @ 3:05 PM
I purchased a house 2yrs ago across from a bus stop. I really did not think this would be a problem. However, gangs of local kids gather there every night. Smoking, drinking, swearing, shouting, vandalising, leaving a mess etc. In the holidays/weekends they are there playing football (on main 30mph Road) and football is I believe purposely kicked into gardens. I have involved police andMetro have even taken the seat out of the bus stop. I have shown police cctv footage of the bus stop being vandalised/ the plastic windows being smashed in the bus stop, the noise, the language etc etc etc.. Although police allegedly spoke to these kids (ages ranging from approx 9yrs to 17yrs)It only stopped when we went into lock down restrictions.. And it's been like heaven. My concern now is that we will more then likely be coming out off lock down restrictions by the Summer? And they will be back of that I am sure.. Oh and yes I have tried to talk to these kids in the past (I have my Grandchildren on a regular basis) about noise etc and get abuse back.. Next to me is a lady in her 80's who has told me sometimes she scared by the noise/these gangs (which I have also informed the police about) and the other side to me is a man in his late 40's early 50's who does not want to get involved!! (it's only us 3 three really that are affected.) Any advise from anyone as to what more I can do besides sell up!! Thank you.
Caz - 31-Jan-21 @ 5:55 PM
We live in a pretty decent working class area where most properties here are privately owned. Unfortunately for us a few years back a single mum with 3 different kids from all different dads moved in next to us. Firstly the parties started which would be most days of the week. This would affect me and my whole family as music would be on through the night. I have spoken to her but she is just an arrogant individual. For years now the smell of marijuana just takes over our whole house. Drug dealing is blatantly going on and people are coming in and out throughout the day and I’ve witnessed the drug dealing. Yobs have appearing out of nowhere and just hang around outside my house smoking weed and just being a nuisance. A few years back we complained to the council and mysteriously my cars were being keyed up badly so therefore had to install cctv cameras now. It’s just such a stressful situation as I have contacted the council on numerous occasions and even the police but the don’t do sweet f all.
IND - 22-Nov-20 @ 6:35 AM
there are some teens being way too loud screaming and yelling and playing basketball after 11 pm I wish I knew who to report them to cause I'm trying to sleep ??
Cristi - 12-Sep-20 @ 6:26 AM
every single night some teens like to play basketball after 11 pm at night when I'm trying to sleep they are extremely loud i wish I knew who to report this to cause I'm so fed up with their noise ??
Cristi - 12-Sep-20 @ 6:24 AM
There are three children who live next door. The teenage boy has always been disrespectful. He uses our garden as his thoroughfare to the driveway of where he lives. We have had to put up a border divider to help stop him doing this, because not only was he going through the garden beds, and scuffing the grass, he was also throwing his rubbish over the fence as he walked along the garden bed. The rubbish consisted of faeces covered tissue, and paper smeared with something smelly. Today, he walked up the driveway in a curve and then out again, and along the grass scuffing as he walked. I have not spoken to him. I would like to speak to his parents, but they work long hours and are not home. He was also getting his friends to loiter out the front. We have installed security cameras, so their actions are recorded. His behaviour is seriously disrespectful, and he has always behaved like this since the family moved there. His younger sister has taught their dog to bark at me when I hang out the laundry. So, we have a clothes dryer now. Poor dog being taught something like that. The teenager's brother who is only about 6, is sent out to run over the garden. Watched him do that twice. Have noticed now that we are in our late50's, there is much disrespect from young people. We are not scared, just disgusted. There are no consequences for bad behaviour, that is why children behave like this. It is bad parenting. There seems to be no consequence for bad behaviours anywhere. In the past we have always had to be the ones to move house to get away from bad anti social neighbours. Have really had enough. Have had toinstall roller shutters because of attempted break ins. Says a lot about society doesn't it.Trash.
Really had enough. - 28-Jul-20 @ 9:25 AM
I have the same problem I live in an end flat and a large group of youths meet there every night now ...they play football...and laugh and talk very loudly , Inverurie eveninglast night had a BBQ and all the smoke was coming into our living room ...we can’t use our gardens now or leave our doors and windows open ...it’s very very stressful when it’s every day ..my husband and I are pensioners,and I have 2 disabled adult children...it’s not fair on them
Nono - 12-Jul-20 @ 8:29 PM
I live next to a park which is nice for dog walking as I have 2 so it’s great. The noise up tomidnight every evening in the summer is Really bad !!! The noise is so bad it gets my dogs barking every evening as it’s so loud. I understand they have no where to go this is very sad. I have called the council and they have no funding to shut the gates at ten pm and suggested that I could be a key holder, having MS I do not wish to become one for fear of them knocking on my door . We have called the police to no avail several times even when they are shooting up drugs and leaving needles too . Terrible times for all .
Neen - 20-Jun-20 @ 12:06 AM
I live opposite a park and groups of teenagers gather there pretty much every night. They play loud music and scream and shout. Recently they’ve only been directly outside my house, and it’s all I can hear all the time. There’s constantly stuff going on such as broken beer bottles over the park, which my dog cut his paw on whilst we were taking him for a walk the next day. Always litter over there and they constantly set the park on fire. Our bin has been stolen twice and we’ve found it burnt out over the park. I honestly can’t take it anymore, I’ve contacted the police who told me to contact the council. Contacted the council who told me to contact the police. Me and my partner are saving to purchase a new property, but that could take years. I don’t know what to do anymore, it causes me and my partner to argue and is making me very depressed.
SickandTired - 15-Nov-19 @ 6:13 PM
So, do kids just want a place to hang out? Okay fine, let them hang out at a place of their choosing and let them conduct themselves in a decent and respectable fashion. I cannot see anyone having a problem with that. Perhaps this actually happens somewhere, but the reality is that most kids do not hang out without behaving antisocially. Instead of being members of polite society and respecting their fellow man and woman, they choose to eschew any shred of basic decency and resort to vile and toxic antisocial acts. I cannot claim to have been an angel when I was a teenager and yes, I dabbled in regretable acts of moronism. However, the worst of these acts took place on wasteland, away from people and their properties. Back on the streets, the occasional 'knock down ginger' was played, some doors were 'egged' once or twice and windows pelted with soft berries at night. Occasionally, my friends and I were threatened by annoyed neighbours with a dowsing of water, a clip round the ear, or a call to the police and this deterred us to some extent and certainly ensured the same person was never targetted by us for more than twice in the same year. Beyond these silly, antisocial acts my friends and I went fishing, boating, to the cinema, to friends houses for computer gaming or watching TV, walking to woodlands or the countryside, camping, skating on frozen ponds (usually unsuccessfully), lighting small fires, flying kites, running, trespassing on building sites etc. etc. What I am trying to get at, is that we were basically harmless, engaging for the most part in healthy activities and never endangering peoples lives, nor really blighting them to the extent that continuous aggravation might have on the same person or persons in their property. We had the imaginationto explore. We were also, and this is very important, absolutely and never violent to anyone, not even among ourselves. Perhaps our actions were because we were from a time (late 1970s/early 1980s) when strict parenting and proper policing meant something and could effectively control our actions and mindset. A threat to get the police involved, or even your mother and father discouraged any further antisocial activity. Fast forward to today and things are very different. For the things I did in my youth, even though I would say that they were not that bad in the grand scheme of things, karma seems to have dealt me a hefty poke in the eye. Over many years, going back to the early 2000s, I found myself besieged by small to large groups of youths, using the sheltered area and stairwell beneath my property to litter, spit, urinate, play music, play football, shout, fight, vandalise, commit arson, smoke weed, deal in drugs etc. I can now empathize with those who suffered the receiving end of my few antisocial activities. The actions of these youths throughout the years slowly turned me into a nervous wreck and plunged me into a deep depression. The inaction of the local council and rel
kerosene lamp b'lon - 12-Oct-19 @ 3:14 PM
I just moved into a new house right next to a bus stop. Every night a group of teenagers, presumably drunk, congregate there and shout and scream, alarming my dog and prevents me from sleep. I live on a private road but I still find cigarette boxes and litter on my drive and I assume my neighbours are having the same problem with these people. Does anyone know what to do? Am I allowed to call the police? Thanks in advance.
I’m new - 12-Jul-19 @ 11:42 PM
This past month we have a group of youths hanging out directly under our flat window. I wouldn’t mind but they play music out of a speaker really loudly and it travels up to my flat so I can’t even drown the noise out with my tv. They smoke weed, leave rubbish. The council & police haven’t done anything. They both say it’s the other ones responsibility to act on it. I’ve got really bad anxiety and when my husband is at work I struggle to sleep, or even just take my dog for a walk because they are there.
Ljn - 15-Apr-19 @ 8:51 PM
I am having problems with a group of youths congregating in the communal areas of my flat. Smoking, doing drugs, making loud noise. I asked them to leave and now I feel as though they have made it there goal to target me. Yesterday night they were shining laser pointers through my window and spat all over the staircase to my flat. They are stubbing out cigarrettes on the carpet floor. I called local police twice and they said not much they can do, they will try and pass by. Called 999 when they were outside my door, tresspassing and doing drugs inside but the police did not come. Really do not know what to do
AJP - 6-Apr-19 @ 12:25 PM
I live in a salix home house and the son of a man is always outside with all his mates till stupid times at night, being loud throwing things at windows, coming in my garden, I rang the police but because I couldn't give names they didnt do anything . I feel let down as I'm a single mum with anxiety and depression and no family around, I can't talk to anyone on the road as everyone knows everyone and I dont want anything coming back on me and my kids as my daughter goes to school with one or two of them. I need help lots making me so ill and worried every night
Fedup19 - 19-Mar-19 @ 9:13 PM
Gangs keep gathering outside my home and in the past I have engaged with them to keep the noise down or move along. This hasn’t worked and now they are becoming increasingly aggressive towards myself and my neighbours. Police have been made aware but have been little or no help. What should I do? We are at wits end.
Rt - 5-Jan-19 @ 1:42 PM
"Fedup Too", I do sympathise, I fully appreciate the misery - in the same boat myself.Sadly this behaviour is a reflection of our time.I hope that these "brats" get bored and decide to move on. I don't know if it would help to get out to a library during the day?Possibly volunteering to get you our of the house?It is difficult, I have the same thing to deal with and it wears you down.No you are not over reacting - you have every right to privacy and quiet enjoyment of your property. The other thought I had might be to have a friendly chat with them if you feel able to approach them, during day light hours?Have a chat with neighbours, gain some support,don't feel alone, there is so much you can do, try not to feel alone! I really hope things improve for you.- take care and chat to neighbours/family!
Anon - 8-Aug-18 @ 6:31 PM
Interesting reading other peoples issues. That time of year again which I dread with higher anxiety. I still live in my end bungalow after 5years. Yesterday a little so and so was jumping up and down on my garden wall which is full of nice flowers. I knocked hard on the window, he turned, saw me and got down. Tonight about 7pm I heard faint tapping from my living room window and went to look through the blinds, 3 kids had decided to use my window to play on. I again knocked angrily this time and they saw me and left with their scooters. I am sick of getting so angry an then I cry that I allow them to make me anxious. I have been on a low dosage of antidepressant but I don't like using them an they're not helping much. I can;t get a job so I am in a lot. I am dreading the next 6 weeks when they're all off. The council built a park within walking distance for the kids last year where they do use a lot but still get the few who like to terrorise us. Why can't they play in their own garden and not using the ledge underneath my window?? The council do sod all. 'Unless I know who they are etc...' The police do what they can but they cannot solve everything. I like my bungalow and the area in general but the kids drive me to despair where I wish I could again move but have no money to do so. I have the few times a month where I house sit for family when they use the caravan so I get some respite from the kids but why must they be so unreasonable? Other older people in my area also get trouble like door knocking, climbing over their gardens etc. I really do not know what to, over reacting maybe, but this IS MY HOME, go an play in your own gardens.
FEDUP TOO - 18-Jul-18 @ 8:55 PM
Since me and my partner moved into the house we currently live in a group of neighbourhood kids have always hung out outside our house. For the most part they never really bothered us, however recently they have started to target our house. It started with them throwing eggs and water balloons at the windows and door. They have also caused damage to the drainage attached to our house, we had to get a specialist out to get it fixed. They have started to bang and knock on the windows whenever our cats are sat on them and started knocking on the door to wind our dog up. This is really distressing for 2 of my cats in particular as they had a very bad start in life and have developed really anxiety issues. I myself have anxiety, paranoia and other health issues and my partner is disabled. Today, as my partner and I was watching tv, one of them has just ran past my house and threw open my front door. Normally we keep it locked however I had forgotten to lock it today. I don't know what to do as they are only between the ages of about 5 years old and 13 years old. My partner and are afraid to leave to our house in fear that they might do something to it. We tape the letterbox up on a night before we go to bed in case they try to put anything threw it. I'm started to feel less and less safe in my own.
Aeraena - 10-Jul-18 @ 8:49 PM
Since me and my partner moved into the house we currently live in a group of neighbourhood kids have always hung out outside our house. For the most part they never really bothered us, however recently they have started to target our house. It started with them throwing eggs and water balloons at the windows and door. They have also caused damage to the drainage attached to our house, we had to get a specialist out to get it fixed. They have started to bang and knock on the windows whenever our cats are sat on them and started knocking on the door to wind our dog up. This is really distressing for 2 of my cats in particular as they had a very bad start in life and have developed really anxiety issues. I myself have anxiety, paranoia and other health issues and my partner is disabled. Today, as my partner and I was watching tv, one of them has just ran past my house and threw open my front door. Normally we keep it locked however I had forgotten to lock it today. I don't know what to do as they are only between the ages of about 5 years old and 13 years old. My partner and are afraid to leave to our house in fear that they might do something to it. We tape the letterbox up on a night before we go to bed in case they try to put anything threw it. I'm started to feel less and less safe in my own.
Aeraena - 10-Jul-18 @ 8:43 PM
Bagel - Your Question:
For the last month and a half I have had several youths and on some occasions large groups of youths congregating in the communal areas of where my flat is. Even as I type this message, they are sat outside, making a racket. This has been going on for awhile, the police have been called on numerous occasions. They are sat outside til 3-4am. They are incredibly loud, smoking weed (the smell wafts up to my window, as it is summer, it’s too warm to close my bedroom window), playing music and generally being a pest. At one point they were playing football in the early hours of the morning. I have tried speaking to them, this resulted in them threatening to kick a ball through my window. I am so fed up and knackered in the morning due to the lack of sleep!

Our Response:
What did the police say/do? Can you tell us whether you have talked to your local community policing team about this? Have you followed the advice in the above article?
ProblemNeighbours - 18-Jun-18 @ 9:19 AM
For the last month and a half I have had several youths and on some occasions large groups of youths congregating in the communal areas of where my flat is. Even as I type this message, they are sat outside, making a racket. This has been going on for awhile, the police have been called on numerous occasions. They are sat outside til 3-4am. They are incredibly loud, smoking weed (the smell wafts up to my window, as it is summer, it’s too warm to close my bedroom window), playing music and generally being a pest. At one point they were playing football in the early hours of the morning. I have tried speaking to them, this resulted in them threatening to kick a ball through my window. I am so fed up and knackered in the morning due to the lack of sleep!
Bagel - 17-Jun-18 @ 2:36 AM
lozza - Your Question:
We share a private road with 3 other properties all of whom we get on very well with. Just recently a group of young teenage boys have been using our road to ride their bikes on and generally be a nuisance. When asked to leave they answered back and said their dad said they can do what they want. They are becoming a real pain. Where do we stand on this? Thanks

Our Response:
Do the teenage boys belong to a household from the private road? What sort of nuisance? Sorry there's not really much information to go on here.
ProblemNeighbours - 8-Jun-18 @ 2:12 PM
We share a private road with 3 other properties all of whom we get on very well with. Just recently a group of young teenage boys have been using our road to ride their bikes on and generally be a nuisance. When asked to leave they answered back and said their dad said they can do what they want. They are becoming a real pain. Where do we stand on this? Thanks
lozza - 6-Jun-18 @ 9:51 PM
I have a problem with people young people and teenagers hanging outside during spring and summer months they hang outside my flat because there is a Indian take away below me. Its the delivery people and staff they employ causing the nuisance. Its like this from 4.30pm til 12am 6 nights a week Tuesday to Sunday I've now got the council involved because its effecting my health a lot more I'm disabled and have mental health problems. This has been going a lot worse during warm weather. The manager in the take away can't seem to control his staff or tell the staff and delivery drivers to be quieter. They consent bang doors shout yell scream for many hours and one couple who is there let's their child out of her push chair and let her walk into the road where there are cars tractors lorrys buses are its near a main road where i live an resdental area and a park is only five min walk away from mine there was a delivery driver who almost hit the little girl she the driver was delivery food and the driver almost went and hit the little girl with her car. The both parents where both howling with laughter I reported this immediately to the council and I have wrote down the times days this has been happening its nothing but anti social behaviour. They are two lots of groups teenagers and young adults doing this. I'm at my wits end with this all the take away staff and delivery people dont seem to care. I feel like im on my own with this but the council did say they will be in touch with me in about ten days
Lil37 - 14-May-18 @ 12:15 AM
My house is being targeted by a group of 3 kids under 10 and two teenage girls with constant knock a door run and if we open the door to confront them we called all sorts of names under the sun and other sorts of rubbish due to me being foreign. This all started when we called out one of the under 10s for stealing my kid's toys and the issue the teenage girls have with us is that we called the police on the neighbor that lives behind us when he was beating up his partner last year and the girls know him. If we could afford it we'd move to a better neighborhood but unfortunately we can't and we don't know what else to do.
Had enough - 31-Mar-18 @ 8:53 AM
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