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When to Get the Police Involved

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 1 Feb 2021 | 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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1preacher - 1-Feb-21 @ 8:31 PM
Does anyone have the answers to your respective problems? I can empathise with everyone of you and wonder whether anyone has had a favourable outcome since you last posted about your problems. Mine has high probability of drug dealing, with asb as a byproduct. We are a normal law abiding family with the opposite as neighbours. The Police appear very tolerant to our experiences of asb and we have put our property for sale to run away from what will be a long term problem. But we wished we were not pushed out of our home
Josephine - 26-Jan-21 @ 7:35 PM
I have been living next door to neighbours who change a lot a house of multiple occupation ever since the currant owner purchased the house there have been intermittent fumes and odours Coming in foul smelling chemicals we have ha first. Cat piss acetone ethanol shoe polish and many other corrosivechemicals smells like meth at times but right now last night and the day and night before smells like antifreeze we get sore throats stinging eyes feel sick cough painful nose Smells everything skin hair and so on we don’t sleep have to open the windows The landlord says nothing going on prove it if we prove it he will attend to it. My go has all the records of the injuries we have from the fumes I have been hospitalised once for five days and no one wants yo believe us Environmental health have said we will just have to get used to the fumes. Last night we had all the said symptoms and more the fumes came into our hous st 8pm and stopped at around 2am we surely have some human rights that we can live in our own home in safety
Orange aid - 27-Nov-20 @ 7:11 PM
I write this as I at a loss as what to do in my situation, I went to the council to report harassment by neighbours, nothing was done despite diary notes then next door neighbour threatened to beat us up as she was banging down the door council then went to her she denied it, then accused us of dumping rubbish at her door more than once, no proof, no previous complaints about this tenancy officer believed her, despite me telling them that neighbours were harassing us went round to neighbours with police to talk to them Then received a letter tellling us we were the perpratrators of anti- social behaviourand noise nuisance, so they were all believed, they now want to speak to my son about an incident and he has done nothing, i have complained to the council and now am on a stage 2 complaint but the council are believing the neighbours who are all standing together, I am at a loss as what i can do, even the police are beliveing these neighbours and this has all happened after i sent my letter to the council. These neighbours have been harasing us for some time, all summer we were not allowed to enjoy our garden, continuous noise in garden on a rota basis carried out by different neighbours, music being played when sitting out in the garden, none of them are being obvious with this harasment not direct. The council and the police are believing all these neighbours and because they are all standing together, me and my son do not have a leg to stand on The police have been called on me, dont even know why, did not say what they were there for, applied for a freedom of information request, was not given this information from the police, refused me the information. we are at a loss, dont know what to do, tried everything we are being persecuted by these neighbours and I have no where to turn to, the laws in place are not working, police and council are harassing us as well, enabling more harassment from these neighbours. Because more than one neighbour is saying the same thing, that makes us guilty of all the things they are lying about. This situation is making us both ill, keep hitting a dead end. I need help
Bonita - 21-Nov-20 @ 3:51 PM
I live in a building with three flats. The other two flats are occupied with two people who cook, smoke and deal crack. It absolutely stinks and I'm often stunk out with varying smells not dissimilar to burning rubber and chemical odours which cling to clothes and skin and no amount of plug ins a air freshener sprays mask it. Told the police back in April after telling the agency the properties are rented through of the problem, and this was their advice to me. Here now towards the end of October and nothing has changed. Different people in and out of the building. They even removed the lock on the main front door for easy access. Even in lockdown this happened and late night parties. At a loss of what to do. Even confronted one of the other tenants and he just blatantly lied and denied any wrongdoing. His first words when I told him I knew what he was doing and asked him to stop were, "I drive for Asda and they do drug tests", as though this was evidence of his innocence. But, to be sure, if I took it into my own hands to stop it then I'd certainly be the one arrested and punished for wrongdoing.
Paul - 25-Oct-20 @ 10:10 AM
I read every single comment in this page and the most comment just the same exactly right now to my family when gangsters drug user and drug dealer next door. They are renting the house next to my house and they have been harrassing me and threatening me and my family for 2 years. Call police can not help anything. Please idea?
Anh Cu - 16-Oct-20 @ 1:25 AM
We live next door to a drug dealer. First it was the son, now it’s the mother since we called him out on it. The amount of people coming day after day is ridiculous.We don’t open windows and never sit outside anymore.Its a miserable existence.
Sue - 11-Sep-20 @ 6:05 PM
I have had over 4 years of neighbours damaging my garden boundary until it is now so bare and the I have their dog charge up against their wire fence coming barking trying to get at me. . If I walk down my drive as damage was cause during Spring persons has cut and damaged made so bare and even in the last weeks I have heard person next door cutting and pull more out to bare . I have inform althorties and in the police has seen footage of person in rear garden next door cutting through and damaging my garden but still it has been damage again.
Jack - 1-Aug-20 @ 10:15 PM
I have had over 4 years of neighbours damaging my garden boundary until it is now so bare and the I have there dog charge up against their wire fence coming barking. If I walk down my drive in spring persons has cut and damaged made so bare and even in the last weeks I have heard person next door cutting and pull more out to bare . I have inform althorties and in the police has seen footage of person in rear garden next door cutting through and damaging my garden but still it has been damage again
Jack - 1-Aug-20 @ 10:10 PM
Simply put the police dont want to act on neighbours selling drugs wouldnt be surprised if they are somehow getting kickbacks. We have issues on our road numerous complaints to police nothing is ever done. Useless puts no faith in the system.Makes the whole street stink dangerous with kids playing outdoors.
Harry - 31-Jul-20 @ 11:16 AM
I have reported my neibours drug dealing we cannot have our windows or doors open because of the smell I reported it to crimstoppersvehicles names descriptions I might as well talk to a brick wall nothing was done bloody useless ever since the council moved them in we have had to put up with this even on nice days having friends and family around we can’t go into the garden it’s getting to much especially now we have my daughters new born baby I will do something I don’t want to then the police WILL COME AROUND BUT IT WILL BE TO ARREST ME NOT THEM ????????
Georgie - 24-Jul-20 @ 7:56 PM
Hear i am 5 years on sleep deprivation from all i can describe as living next door to a probable cannabis factory along with them (neighbours)using an indoor generator all night every night, im exposed to vibrations and a deep heavy buzzing and mechanical droning noise the environmental agency picked up on unusual frequencies and an idling deasel generator noise but so far has taken no action the police, the council i feel has failed in their duty of care and i feel incredibly frustrated and let down, its like being tortured and ignored
Redwhale - 19-May-20 @ 11:52 PM
Same here. Yet mines a stalking ex, who has enlisted the local drug dealer to follow me, and gets all the other neighbours to harass me, telling others I flash my boobs at children and throwing stones at my windows. He still stalks me even though I dumped him before xmas, he is a pervert and I found he had 3 other women and they were all paying for his lifestyle and his house. I outed him and his lies, yet he has got all the locals to listen as they are all using the same dealer and all on cocaine, or heroin. They use their kids to attack also, and the person living below me is also a druggie and he tries to bully and upset me and my family. This is all been going on for 3 or 4 years now.. the ex has just used the gossip to stalk me and follow me before I met him..then convince me hes not heard anyone talking about me..and since splitting I've seen his in with all the cokeheads that inhad trouble with before, and hes everywhere I am..no matter what time of day..he will be there..watching and stating..and telling everyone I'm the bad guy. Police do nothing, they have said, somethings happens, then call..but until he does something, we cant do anything. Its hell on earth in this god forsaken offering strange town and I'm not alone with these points, the reviews on leysdown speak volumes. There is a definate bullying against women tactic going on in this town, a girl was rwped by 4 men in a caravan, last year.. the local cokeheads said she deserved itwalking into the caravan, drunk...says it all. I have a daughter and a son 24 and 12, both asd, and the council, or police wont do anything. It's unbearable and we dont have any decent quality of life
Chrissy - 16-May-20 @ 4:39 AM
I havedealt with this bullying for 10years and currently although that being moved, she’s hired other neighbors to continue harassment behaviors as she still possess anger at me for purchasing the home SHEWANTED! I’ve been a social worker/therapist for 40 years and living in this Dysfunction Junction of sick ocuopaths and a stocker/drug manufacturer behind me has been the worst hell ever ibut I can’t afford to move and rarely receive police assistance as she reportedly gave donations to this police jurisdiction. Stephen King-Eat your heart out-this is a real horror movie or Dateline Episode!
Jan - 15-May-20 @ 6:45 PM
I have drug dealing neighbours living next door to me. I called 101 to tell them about the drugs being stored at the property and the smell they make. If it's not an emergency the police don't care, might as well tell them my neighbours are selling smarties.
Lo - 26-Dec-19 @ 4:58 PM
I'm being stalked daily in my own flat banging floors walking heavy with boots on this person has a history off upsetting his neighbours who live underneath him 6people in 3yrs have vacated the property I'm number 7 my housing association arnt doing much to help me I have bipolar and personality disorder I just feal like living on the streets much quieter
Richie - 18-Dec-19 @ 7:25 PM
I would like to report emotional abuse me my Mum and son is suffering from his father is an ex addict I've tried a number of times to keep them safe but my sons dad and his friends from old centres and Henry compton school have dealings with one another in community centres and masbro centre I broke up with my sons dad when I was warned by my gp that the relationship wasn't good and since then I've worried about my son and my sons dad's mates he was a person living under his mother's tenancy and he showed signs of his drug abuse early on in the relationship and he was working in a timber yard when we met I thought not much of his problems at first he used to dj in pubs the weekends and sell drugs from his mums flat when she used to go on holiday to North Africa Tunisia. I started to see my friends more and realised that he was sagging me off to other people some of them were clients l was training after I left school as a colourists in a salon a trainee I later got anew job 1998 in ginger group in North end Rd and he showed up at my job it was only a few times we had met before my dad thought he was no good for me we still dated for a while. When we broke up I was in a right state I had bronkitis and had to have a x Ray on my chest they advised me to llo after my self but I was later in 2003 diognosed and had some type of stress induced illnes I was hospitalised in October 17 that year thay said it was caused by a traumatic experience. I trued to get on with my life but I think my son is being led away from me a d I don't want him to go onlike me and suffer with the same experience or depression thank you
Linz - 14-Oct-19 @ 8:47 PM
I would like to report emotional abuse me my Mum and son is suffering from his father is an ex addict I've tried a number of times to keep them safe but my sons dad and his friends from old centres and Henry compton school have dealings with one another in community centres and masbro centre I broke up with my sons dad when I was warned by my gp that the relationship wasn't good and since then I've worried about my son and my sons dad's mates he was a person living under his mother's tenancy and he showed signs of his drug abuse early on in the relationship and he was working in a timber yard when we met I thought not much of his problems at first he used to dj in pubs the weekends and sell drugs from his mums flat when she used to go on holiday to North Africa Tunisia. I started to see my friends more and realised that he was sagging me off to other people some of them were clients l was training after I left school as a colourists in a salon a trainee I later got anew job 1998 in ginger group in North end Rd and he showed up at my job it was only a few times we had met before my dad thought he was no good for me we still dated for a while. When we broke up I was in a right state I had bronkitis and had to have a x Ray on my chest they advised me to llo after my self but I was later in 2003 diognosed and had some type of stress induced illnes I was hospitalised in October 17 that year thay said it was caused by a traumatic experience. I trued to get on with my life
Linz - 14-Oct-19 @ 8:44 PM
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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
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