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When to Get the Police Involved

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 21 May 2018 | 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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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
Alias - Your Question:
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 LOUDERThey 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

Our Response:
Please see our advice on what to about neighbour's noise here
ProblemNeighbours - 23-Apr-18 @ 10:20 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
Annoyed- Your Question:
We have neighbors 2 doors down and they are fighting with each other constantly. It's none of my business but they are fighting also in such a time like 11pm, 1am, 3am and we can't sleep. They are running. And shouting all over street and it's really loud. That what is happening every or every other night. I don't want to tel them something as I am scared, because they seem to be od drugs. The also have little boy. I feel so sorry for him that he has to grow up in such a place. What can I do? Can I call police? Thanks for your advice.

Our Response:
You can call the police while it's happening (on non emergency number unless you think someone is in danger). If it's general noise/neighbour disturbance, then try your environmental health department.
ProblemNeighbours - 21-Aug-17 @ 10:43 AM
We have neighbors 2 doors down and they are fighting with each other constantly. It's none of my business but they are fighting also in such a time like 11pm, 1am, 3am and we can't sleep. They are running. And shouting all over street and it's really loud. That what is happening every or every other night. I don't want to tel them something as I am scared, because they seem to be od drugs. The also have little boy. I feel so sorry for him that he has to grow up in such a place. What can I do? Can I call police? Thanks for your advice.
Annoyed - 17-Aug-17 @ 9:10 AM
J - Your Question:
I moved in to a flat 4 months ago and I have had nothing but bother with my upstairs neighbor. I have 2 young children, they are 1 and 2 years old so they can be a bit of a handful. Every time they make a noise she bangs on her drums or plays really loud music. She has never came and spoken with me about any problem. She has told my neighbours that I have been hurting my children because they are screaming all the time, they scream and shout when they don't get there own way or because they have been fighting with one another. I went to my doctor immediately and had my children checked as this is such a serious accusation and he told me not to worry that the children were just going through a stage they would grow out of. Because this woman has been so vicious in her rumours I decided maybe I should just keep an eye on what she's doing. A previous tenant told me she was pure evil to her and the landlord has also been unable to do work on the property because she won't allow them near her part of the building. On certain days of the week she disappears for a short period of time comes back to the flat for a short period of time and then goes down to her garden shed. If any one within that time appears at my home she listens to our conversations and I can hear her footsteps following us around the house she then follows my guests to the front door where she then disappears down the garden the same routine happens every time. She's is seen as an upstanding citizen and gets involved with the community but really she is just pure evil. On the particular night that I am talking about she paced around her living room until she received a phone call where she went out to her camper van around midnight and placed a packaged under the front bonnet a car appeared 10mins after she placed the package there and picked it up. She went back to her flat and never made a noise the rest of the evening. I am very unsure of what to do any advice would be most appreciated

Our Response:
You should report any suspicious behaviour like this to the police.
ProblemNeighbours - 31-Jul-17 @ 2:13 PM
I moved in to a flat 4 months ago and I have had nothing but bother with my upstairs neighbor. I have 2 young children, they are 1 and 2 years old so they can be a bit of a handful. Every time they make a noise she bangs on her drums or plays really loud music. She has never came and spoken with me about any problem. She has told my neighbours that I have been hurting my children because they are screaming all the time, they scream and shout when they don't get there own way or because they have been fighting with one another. I went to my doctor immediately and had my children checked as this is such a serious accusation and he told me not to worry that the children were just going through a stage they would grow out of. Because this woman has been so vicious in her rumours I decided maybe I should just keep an eye on what she's doing. A previous tenant told me she was pure evil to her and the landlord has also been unable to do work on the property because she won't allow them near her part of the building. On certain days of the week she disappears for a short period of time comes back to the flat for a short period of time and then goes down to her garden shed. If any one within that time appears at my home she listens to our conversations and I can hear her footsteps following us around the house she then follows my guests to the front door where she then disappears down the garden the same routine happens every time. She's is seen as an upstanding citizen and gets involved with the community but really she is just pure evil. On the particular night that I am talking about she paced around her living room until she received a phone call where she went out to her camper van around midnight and placed a packaged under the front bonnet a car appeared 10mins after she placed the package there and picked it up. She went back to her flat and never made a noise the rest of the evening. I am very unsure of what to do any advice would be most appreciated
J - 28-Jul-17 @ 12:03 PM
Mazipan - Your Question:
A neighbour has recently given me information that a woman across the street is growing cannabis! I couldn't say for definite but it could be the reason why she hasn't reported a hole in her roof to the council! Some days there is a very strong smell and I wouldn't put it past her to be growing! What would you advise?

Our Response:
There's no harm in a discreet phone call to your local PCSO or council officer if it's a council tenant.
ProblemNeighbours - 16-Jun-17 @ 2:37 PM
A neighbour has recently given me information that a woman across the street is growing cannabis! I couldn't say for definite but it could be the reason why she hasn't reported a hole in her roof to the council! Some days there is a very strong smell and I wouldn't put it past her to be growing! What would you advise?
Mazipan - 14-Jun-17 @ 3:55 PM
Since 10th January I have had threats,verbal abuse,rumours spread, people outside my door or in person indimating me ,my 6 month old daughter ,my partner and/or any visitors .. They have now gone steps further to try stacking one of my visitors whilst holding my child then tonight have 6 men 4 females trying to bring down my door threatening and attacking my family and visitors.. Police Socail service council and staff at my proberity are aware however because it's 3-4 of them (who live there) against just me I am being annoyed I have logged reported and recorded yet nothing is being done? I have reached out and begged for help please what can I do ? Me and my child are seriously act risk but it's them playing the victim ?
Kayla - 20-Mar-17 @ 12:09 AM
Please help.... I've been having a bit of trouble with my neighbors my car wing mirror has been ripped off and someone has gone under my car and disconnected the engine I had a macanic out and he said what has been done could only be done by a Macanic as you would have to know about cars to. Be able to do this. My neighbor used to work on my car and seems strange that we have fallen out and now this. It I have no proof! They have also put a cctv camera facing my property will the police do anything?
Becbec - 17-Feb-17 @ 9:33 AM
I live in a flat with my husband . I pay rent in this flat so its not my flat. My cousin brother sister in kaw and 2 babies lived here. Downstairs they re screamig shouting banging smashing or throwing things swearing crying and drunken peoplesmoking weed all and gave me nearly heartattack when they are fighting my heartpace was going faster. Could you please not tell them its me . I dont like to be a noisy neighbours and bad relationship but this is second time.
Nem - 4-Feb-17 @ 10:11 PM
Bluemeany - Your Question:
Our neighbour ( in the bottom flat of a shared flat) is usually a good bloke. However, he does get, on occasion, extremely drunk. When he does so, he starts shouting death threats at people/ nationalities in general very loudly, swearing and can be heard banging the wall and throwing furniture. On one occasion he tried to forceably and violently enter the next-door neighbours ( who he has no grievance with - he was just drunk). They reported him to his landlord at the time when he tried to get in. I am also keeping a log of every time it happens. My concern is that he is clearly violent and angry when drunk and that we share the house: i.e. there is only one inside door between him and us. We are three slight girls in our twenties: he is 6ft and heavy built in his 50's. We can't confront him, which means if he does try to get in, even slightly, we'll have to call the police. Is this the right thing to do? As I say, he's a good neighbour 95% of the time and I don't want to get him into trouble. But I do want us to be safe.

Our Response:
If you fear for you safety, you should of course contact the police. It is definitely worth talking to your landlord again about this though as his/her tenant's behaviour is having an adverse effect on others in the building.
ProblemNeighbours - 20-Jan-17 @ 11:40 AM
Our neighbour ( in the bottom flat of a shared flat) is usually a good bloke. However, he does get, on occasion, extremely drunk. When he does so, he starts shouting death threats at people/ nationalities in general very loudly, swearing and can be heard banging the wall and throwing furniture. On one occasion he tried to forceably and violently enter the next-door neighbours ( who he has no grievance with - he was just drunk). They reported him to his landlord at the time when he tried to get in. I am also keeping a log of every time it happens. My concern is that he is clearly violent and angry when drunk and that we share the house: i.e. there is only one inside door between him and us. We are three slight girls in our twenties: he is 6ft and heavy built in his 50's. We can't confront him, which means if he does try to get in, even slightly, we'll have to call the police. Is this the right thing to do? As I say, he's a good neighbour 95% of the time and I don't want to get him into trouble. But I do want us to be safe.
Bluemeany - 19-Jan-17 @ 12:43 AM
Hello I have been living in my house for 19 yrs and what I don't understand is that if you don't want to chat to someone then you don't have to, the lady that was living there and her husband they was so nice retired she never really came out because of her legs, but every Christmas she and her husband would send us little presents and I would do the same they both have passed now 6 years on the daughter bought in people to fix up the property and when finished she said she was going to rent it anyway she took in one of the men that was fixing up the property anyway this man seemed to be very forward so I just would'nt chat to him, so this is where it begins the putting up big wooden screens inside to watch tv through a projector mind you through the window which was funny anyway so it carried on and on and on at this time my mum passed and then my father so we went to Jamaica to lay them to rest, anyway this is now nearly 5 yrs since cut a long story short I reported him to the council many of times but they was scared because it's private rented so i phoned noise control on more than one occasion so this time they sent a letter and I got one to to let me know they sent it to him, on that very Saturday he started again drilling and banging so I just could'nt believe it so entered out my back door and low and behold he was on a ladder and i started and in my angry i pick up my glass lighting that are in the ground and just through glass went everywhere next thing he called the police I have never been in trouble with the police before they arrested me for about 8 hrs I was down there and they let my go with a don't what it called but I had to go back there and then now comes the bomb shell they say that they going to give my a caution but me not knowing what it is just wanting to get out of there no one telling me that I can get help when going back down there they got me on being a person not knowing about the law but very since I have been online looking at peoples views on,they never even came and checked the letters like I told them, so someone told me to seek help about not understanding the problems I'm feeling it really upset me to he was the one who was giving the problem in the first place? Sorry it's such a long Comment but there is a lot more Thank You
fancydat - 30-Dec-16 @ 10:58 PM
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