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When to Get the Police Involved

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 29 Jul 2019 | comments*Discuss
 
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People tend to be divided into two camps when it comes to getting the police involved in a neighbourhood dispute or when something untoward is happening in their neighbourhood. There are those who will tend to think that the problem isn’t serious enough to warrant calling the police when they’ll have far more important issues to deal with. Then there are those who will call the police at every given opportunity, no matter how trivial, as they believe that a call to the police is the quickest and most effective way of getting a successful resolution to a specific problem.

When Should I Call The Police?

If a crime is taking place right now or you feel you are in imminent danger and that an immediate response is required, you should always dial 999 as this is an ‘emergency’. It might be that you’ve been threatened by your neighbour and that they are banging on your door looking to gain entry. It could be that you’ve already been Physically Assaulted By Your Neighbour. In situations like this, 999 is the right option. Explain the situation to the person handling the call giving them as much as detail as possible, as well as your address and your neighbour’s address.

It’s important, however, to remember that 999 is for emergency responses only. If you’re the kind of person who dials 999 at the merest hint of believing that something happening is not quite ‘right’, this is a serious misuse of the service. For every call that isn’t an emergency, you could be taking up valuable police time which could be spent getting to incidents where people’s lives may be in real danger.

The Difference Between Calling 999 and my Local Police Force

The police keep records of all calls made to them and by far the most worrying issue is that most, if not all, forces would tell you that perhaps as little as 20% of calls made to 999 (and often even less than that) are calls that they would consider actual ‘emergencies’. Therefore, unless an actual crime has been committed or someone is in imminent danger, the best alternative is to call your local constabulary's number instead.

If you’ve looked out of your window and you see a group of youths aggressively arguing with each other on the street, or perhaps a Dangerous-Looking Dog is patrolling the street without an owner in sight, call your local constabulary. While both of these incidents could potentially evolve into serious situations, no actual crime has yet been committed nor is there any proof of imminent danger. Incidentally, it’s always handy to keep a note of your local local constabulary's number either written down or stored in your mobile phone in case you need to make a speedy call.

Ultimately, however, if you’re in any doubt at all about which to number to call, the police would still advise you to call 999 in case it is a genuine emergency. If you deliberate for too long or then decide not to call at all for fear of wasting their time, a serious crime may end up being committed which you may have helped to prevent.

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PINKY - 29-Jul-19 @ 12:34 PM
This sounds nothing compared to the ones I’ve read but it’s making my life a misery. My neighbours smoke foul cigars and cigarettes and blow the smoke out of their porch , or use the garden close to our boundary. I cannot sit in my small stripof gardenor have my windows and doors open. I have had to put up with foul stenches from things they burn—— chimney right next to me and leaking fumes from their oil tank which is spasmodic and worse in hot weather. This also is right outside my my door. I have tried talking to them but they have taken offence. They are bullies and manipulative people. I have health issues and they compound my stress anxiety and depression. Do I have a chance on someone explaining that all he needs to do is smoke some where else in his garden away from me. It’s making me feel ill.
Minnie - 21-Jul-19 @ 3:19 PM
Hi I am going through the same thing verbal physical abuse of one of my neighbours I have rung the police and I suffer from anxiety as well and have had death threats
Ange - 29-May-19 @ 10:36 PM
Hi Angie I suffer the same condition as yourself. And am going through as much as you are (almost simular circumstances.) If you would like to talk or get together via here to support oneanother and try get justice served to these bullies we are suffering from then please write a comment to myself. I literally cannot take this any longer and it would be nice to try talk to someone going through the same thing. Kindest of regards.
None - 25-Mar-19 @ 12:24 PM
I am living in a Bro Myrdyn property and I have been here a year now. Within the first weeks of being here I was assaulted by my neighbour of whom is an alcoholic and 52 years of age. I have had hate crime logged, actual assault, and crimes against my religion as she called me a bible basher due to myself being a Psychic Medium. I was also attacked by her friend and that friend is friends with the whole street. I have had to put up cameras (CCTV) 3 Camera's in order to try protect myself. I was advised to do this by my housing association and need to ghbours reported me for having them up(clearly they are worry what they are doing wrong in order to complain about my camera's) So it first started with the neighbour of whom assaulted me, now she has the whole street hyped up and bothered about my camera's. The Housing Association stated a few weeks ago after attending the ng my home that they had complaints about cameras but stated we are happy with them and you are protecting yourself at the end of the day so don't worry. The neighbours have all now got together and are seriously harrassing me. They had a letter sent to me from housing staring I need sort out my littering and putting rubbish out to early. This was not the case but nonetheless the surrounding areas and in my shared garden was cleaned up and I bought a storage unit for any rubbish bags. They really did not like this so I was sleeping and heard my doorbell being rang non stop and my boyfriend got up to see (it was early in morning) it was a neighbour of whom I do not speak to or really know screaming that we are paedophiles and if she finds out that any camera's are capturing her children then look out. She screamed you have take aways, you have taxis, (who's watching who) This is my business. I have always been a sufferer of extreme anxiety and suffer mental health issues, agraphobia, borderline personality disorder, Aspergers /Autism spectrum and now I have to keep living from my bedroom beinh to frightened to leave. The Housing Association have been having multi agency meeting with the main aim apparently to move me. This was be the ng done when just one neighbour attacked me, now I have to fear all they are doing nothing and leaving myself in danger. I have to leave the home everyday to get my blood sugars done and get my shopping yet I physically cannot do this. Ive already taken two overdoses due to this and yet I just told the police and they said we can come around but we are in a police car and not unmarked. That they have no unmarked today and can get an unmarked in next few days maybe. Its so wrong this! I'm still scared even of any police presence. I'm a prisoner in my own home. I cannot hold on to my life much longer
None - 25-Mar-19 @ 12:14 PM
I have emotionally unstable personality disorder and since my neighbour moved in she has been mentally torturing me at first she was constantly begging me for my Hoover mostly I started getting a bit anxious of lending her my stuff cause I know I might never get things back she had my only Hoover for a month when I took the advice from the police on how to get it back she shouted at me saying I should have knocked IF I needed my hoover back i tried to tell her I did knock 3 different times but she was ignoring the door to me then she started letting my car tires down endangering my life and other peoples lives when I got a electric pump she started sending her drug addict woman battering mate to stalk me she said she doesn't know him and he was in her garden stood next to her living room window watching me she was absolutely sure he was watching me not her she said she don't associate with people like that when her drug addict sister lives with her and the father of her son is a woman batterer she told me 8 months ago that cross keys were moving me but they ain't told me anything and there are way too many things she said that makes me know all this mental torture is down to her and recently I had my internet connection cut off cause a female told bt she was moving into my home and wanted to take over my phone line and only my phone line and now i dont have online gaming to distract myself from suicidal thoughts and i believe she was the one that had my phone line changed cause i reported her for benefit fraud my anxiety and paranoia is a hundred times worse than before and im frightened to death of what she is going to do next the problem is i cant stop her from driving me to suicide and all i really want is to be left alone im not allowed to record my car the police wont do anything about my stalker until he hurts me or kills me first and bt refuse to confirm my suspicion that my neighbour was the one that lied to them cause of some data protection act bull s**t it took bt 3 days to finally tell me it was a brand new account and the woman never had bt before but they still wont tell me if the woman is still getting bt now or not nobody will help me without proof and getting proof is like extremely impossible I hate the fact that the law is protecting criminals i really want to prosecute her and press charges but i cant with no proof and im powerless to be able to get proof
Angle - 6-Mar-19 @ 2:53 PM
I have emotionally unstable personality disorder and since my neighbour moved in she has been mentally torturing me at first she was constantly begging me for my Hoover mostly I started getting a bit anxious of lending her my stuff cause I know I might never get things back she had my only Hoover for a month when I took the advice from the police on how to get it back she shouted at me saying I should have knocked IF I needed my hoover back i tried to tell her I did knock 3 different times but she was ignoring the door to me then she started letting my car tires down endangering my life and other peoples lives when I got a electric pump she started sending her drug addict woman battering mate to stalk me she said she doesn't know him and he was in her garden stood next to her living room window watching me she was absolutely sure he was watching me not her she said she don't associate with people like that when her drug addict sister lives with her and the father of her son is a woman batterer she told me 8 months ago that cross keys were moving me but they ain't told me anything and there are way too many things she said that makes me know all this mental torture is down to her and recently I had my internet connection cut off cause a female told bt she was moving into my home and wanted to take over my phone line and only my phone line and now i dont have online gaming to distract myself from suicidal thoughts and i believe she was the one that had my phone line changed cause i reported her for benefit fraud my anxiety and paranoia is a hundred times worse than before and im frightened to death of what she is going to do next the problem is i cant stop her from driving me to suicide and all i really want is to be left alone im not allowed to record my car the police wont do anything about my stalker until he hurts me or kills me first and bt refuse to confirm my suspicion that my neighbour was the one that lied to them cause of some data protection act bull s**t it took bt 3 days to finally tell me it was a brand new account and the woman never had bt before but they still wont tell me if the woman is still getting bt now or not nobody will help me without proof and getting proof is like extremely impossible I hate the fact that the law is protecting criminals i really want to prosecute her and press charges but i cant with no proof and im powerless to be able to get proof
Angle - 6-Mar-19 @ 2:51 PM
At 4am my neighbor ran down to his old house screeching he wanted his telly and the people in the house said no. After he kicked up the biggest fuss they gave in. He walked up the road then realized his remote wasn't given to him. He went back down to scream at them even more to were the woman yelled out her window, 'it isnt even your telly' and then some other man ran out the house and smashed up the telly or the man who had the telly did. They live down the street and i didn't want to get too close or involved. Hes walked away and its been 10 minutes, should i call 911 or my local police but is it too late to call. I was wondering as they woke me up and he was making threats for tomorrow. I dont know if i should call in case they come back or not.
Nicky - 3-Jan-19 @ 4:13 AM
I live in a house something like a townhouse. My neighbors listen to all me and my families conversations and somehow twist what we say to start trouble. They have been harrassing me and threatening me and my family for months. I can't go to my appointments at the clinic because I'm afraid to go outside. I have a brain aneurysm and high blood pressure. I suffer from migraine headaches and I have been looking weight. They are talking about coming in my house to hurt me and my family this very minute. I can hear them talking nowI am so afraid and tired of living in fear. They said if I call the police they will kill me. I need help.
Rene - 26-Oct-18 @ 12:40 AM
My ex partner buys large quantities of drugs from someone who delivers it to his door and has them in his house where his six children are staying two of which are mine. My children have seen large amounts of cannabis (However I have reason to believe he sells class A drugs also) and then goes out for most of the day selling. I’ve contacted social services who have done nothing as the kids are too scared to say anything against their father due to getting in trouble and other then that I have no hard proof but I do know of people in his area who buy drugs from him. I have also contacted crime stoppers who I’m sure have many cases to look at but again have done nothing. I’m very very sure he deals drugs but I’m unsure of what to do next. I do not want to force my children to make a statement against their father if nothing is going to be done to stop him and they fear he will be cross with them.
Hall.22 - 23-Sep-18 @ 4:18 AM
Does continuous staring and been pulled mucky looks everyday class as harassment. I've also been verbally abused and threatened by these people.The staring and mucky looks have been going on for over a month.
Leigh - 19-Jul-18 @ 4:55 PM
My neighbour waited for me to walk my dogs and then followed me round the park shouting in my face and I kept telling him to leave me alone but he wouldn’t then tried to come in my house. My husband spoke to him and told him to leave me alone, I said I wanted to call the police as I’m scared but my hubby said it’ll blow over!! I’m at home alone from 5am til 7pm weekdays and I’m afraid and nervous of going in or out of my home!
Jules - 5-Jul-18 @ 6:18 PM
My neighbours kids keep playing by my house and their ball hitting my car. I’ve told them to stop many of times but, teenagers, when you tell them to stop something it just gets worse. Their guidiens call them off but because they don’t really keep a short leash on them, they argue with them and continues just coming back. I’m tired of sitting outside trying to be a deterrent. I just feel like I’m wasting my time and as soon as I leave they’ll just come back. I can’t live with that fear of something breaking and I can’t even prove then that it was them. What can I do?
Susie - 25-Jun-18 @ 9:37 PM
I'm being bullied and harassed by my next door neighbour because I have facial cancer. I moved here nearly 5 years ago to be closer to family. She has posted nasty things online spread lies about me throughout the area leaving me isolated. When I leave my house or go in my garden she invites her visitors to gather and stare at me. Her son and a friend of hers assaulted my daughter. She bangs and disturbs my sleep. She tells people so many lies about me there's too many to mention. My landlord suggests mediation but she still continues to harass me and belittle my cancer. I want it to stop. I just want to be left alone.
Nannanonose - 21-May-18 @ 11:05 AM
Told the neighbours loads of times to turn down there loud music but they dont even care, my husband went to them to do the same thing and as soon as he leaves for work they put there music back on even LOUDER They have kids that constantly scream and yell and swear in the neighbourhood, come by my door and destroy our grass and leave rubbish outside my front door Emailes the council and nothing has been done wondering if the police is the best option
Alias - 22-Apr-18 @ 12:56 AM
My ex is constantly calling me at late in the late and leaving text messages. He calls me vile stuff and the abusive texts go on and on. I've blocked him from everything but I am still seeing these messages pop up on my phone ??? Help. Should I hand these over to the police. I'm done .
Molly67 - 20-Apr-18 @ 2:05 PM
I have a problem with neighbors two men I live downstairs they live above me always creeping by my doors and windows trying to peek every move I make in my house they follow banging on floor acting like they see me shutting what I’m doing calling me stupid I go in bathroom they band saying they hear me trying to yell out what I’m doing everyday they do this all day every where I go in house I go in room to bed they over me saying you ain’t sleep acting like they know what I’m doing and one of the guys hide in house never comes out Landlord don’t know he’s there think he hiding from cops but it’s bad and they don’t care that I hear them either I told Landlord nothing done yet
Worried - 15-Apr-18 @ 4:26 PM
For almost 6 months almost constant noise from banging, thumping, DIY etc - but always just within sociable hours. But has included DIY around 0800 on weekend mornings and similar. Council no help. Several times coming to my door in an aggressive manner, wish I'd called police. But felt at the time it would be dismissed. Feel I can't relax in own home. They part own so have more rights as I rent.
Sofedup - 24-Feb-18 @ 4:00 PM
Shelly45 - Your Question:
My neighbours called police on me last night as my 18 year old son was screaming because he was losing at ps4 so we ended up arguing as I was trying to calm him down This was about 10pm police arrived at 12.15 I’m actually really annoyed as neighbour should’ve just knocked

Our Response:
Maybe the neighbour was too frightened to knock? They may have feared you were being attacked etc.
ProblemNeighbours - 19-Feb-18 @ 11:40 AM
My neighbours called police on me last night as my 18 year old son was screaming because he was losing at ps4 so we ended up arguing as I was trying to calm him down This was about 10pm police arrived at 12.15 I’m actually really annoyed as neighbour should’ve just knocked
Shelly45 - 18-Feb-18 @ 11:10 AM
Elvie - Your Question:
For 3 years I've been reporting to the council the enviro and police of cannabis growing next door ie 24/7 vibrations and droning and smells and unusual activities.the council @enviro have just closed the case on the daily sleepless /night noise torture.the quick visits by strangers shows like they are also dealing.i live in Cornwall and my life has been made miserable over the last 3 years and I feel so isolated as no one seems to care grrrrrr

Our Response:
Do any of the other neighbours have their suspicions too? Could you group together and make a joint representation to the police about this? If you don't feel the police have taken sufficient action, you could consider making a complaint to the IPCC/
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Jan-18 @ 11:31 AM
for 3 years I've been reporting to the council the enviro and police of cannabis growing next door ie 24/7vibrations and droning and smells and unusual activities..the council @enviro have just closed the case on the daily sleepless /night noise torture..the quick visits by strangers shows like they are also dealing ..i live in Cornwall and my life has been made miserable over the last 3 years and i feel so isolated as no one seems to care grrrrrr
Elvie - 26-Jan-18 @ 4:10 PM
i have neibours from hell. getting family members who are drug dealers to intimidate me, threats of violence and smashing my cars up and causing dammage caught 2 of them and police did nothing, but did say they are watching them for bigger issues and wouldnt say what, seems they are upsetting alot of people on our street partys and dammage little idiots that if i hurt them il end up in prison, law stinks , until then kids keep getting threats, and street is full of people who know them and get on, cameras pointed in my garden , hard to prove without calling police and stiring up them. police have been told my family is in danger and just ignore how serious the issue is, my son is scared for his life, and police know whats going on but seem to do nothing makes me laugh how they push us as tax payers away , who take the abuse, and obviously want them for bigger things its been going on for over 7-8 years and still have done nothing , its a joke, try to keep myself to myself, but makes it hard when your children are being threatened,! facts are they say im a grasser, i have cctv on my property seems this has upset them, shows that there upset with me comes to something when you goto work , and have to put up with this daily and police shrug it off its killing me , and my family. im just building and building up cctv proof of this happening, and solictors now have proof on mnthly basis whats going on , mobile phones takin photos of cars and my home, police say its not illegal., but its illegal for me to point my cctv into someone home, its a joke the laws one big joke, and police are a joke,! politicians sit on there arses, and do sweet nothing, while the little people such as us, have to suffer , time and time again, they want us to move out, we cant afford to. we have no money, and thats because we all work. tipical british situation, police and politicians may as well put on new papers sell drugs get it all.. even get away threatning society.. make a big thing ,, while people who work 7 days a week. get treated like dirt, who pay tax for police and council. and they do nothing, carrys on im writing to houses of parliment, and police commisioner, and national press as its a big joke. where nottingham police sit on there back sides,!
john - 18-Dec-17 @ 4:22 PM
Sd - Your Question:
My neighbour must be growing cannabis in his loft because the smell coming through into our loft and through our hatch is very strong. Shocking actually. It's been the same for months now but stronger than ever - is that illegal and if so would the police be interested? I'm sick and really aggrieved of my bedroom smelling of it all day everyday because I'm just under the hatch.

Our Response:
Cannabis is illegal in the UK. The police may take action but are well-known for "overlooking" domestic use/growers.
ProblemNeighbours - 1-Dec-17 @ 2:28 PM
My neighbour must be growing cannabis in his loft because the smell coming through into our loft and through our hatch is very strong. Shocking actually.It's been the same for months now but stronger than ever - is that illegal and if so would the police be interested? I'm sick and really aggrieved of my bedroom smelling of it all day everyday because I'm just under the hatch.
Sd - 30-Nov-17 @ 1:04 AM
Thanks for the advise but police been involved loads of times but won't do anything also had mediation that has not worked
Perry - 29-Nov-17 @ 2:43 PM
Perry - Your Question:
We have had problems with our neighbours for about 15 years we have had damage to cars caravan my wife has been assaulted been reported to the council just for having a she'd put up in the garden police been called no end of time it is a family of them who live close by we have had to put up cctv all around I own my house and lived there 23 years it went quite for a bit but now started again at the end of my tether non of them work but we do can anybody advise me

Our Response:
You could try either:
- the local police or PCSO
- Mediation, Alternative Dispute Resolution services
- Action via the civil courts
ProblemNeighbours - 29-Nov-17 @ 2:26 PM
We have had problems with our neighbours for about 15 years we have had damage to cars caravan my wife has been assaulted been reported to the council just for having a she'd put up in the garden police been called no end of time it is a family of them who live close by we have had to put up cctv all around I own my house and lived there 23 years it went quite for a bit but now started again at the end of my tether non of them work but we do can anybody advise me
Perry - 29-Nov-17 @ 12:04 PM
DO NOT MESS WITH THE - Your Question:
I THINK MY NEXT NEIGHBOUR IS DEALING DRUGS OR THEY ARE SMOKING IT!

Our Response:
Report this to the police?
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Oct-17 @ 1:00 PM
I THINK MY NEXT NEIGHBOUR IS DEALING DRUGS OR THEY ARE SMOKING IT!
DO NOT MESS WITH THE - 14-Oct-17 @ 8:55 AM
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