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When to Get the Police Involved

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 16 Dec 2017 | 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 wanted to teort slot of drug sctivity st 705s curry . I live in the area and there's been several occasions that I have not been able to sleep because of fighting send extremely loudness coming from this address 705s curry,as well as I have seen two different gentleman in the yard taking hits off a glass pipe .there is a lot of yelling and fighting all hours of the night and I'm unable to live like this can something please be done about this thank you
Kathy - 16-Dec-17 @ 6:01 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
August 2014 my partner and I got into an argument.. The neighbour called the police. She lied from the start saying that she tried to talk to me and I acted like an animal, so she had to report it to the emergency serveries! Obviously the police contacted the social serveries. Because I wasn't arrested and my kids werent taken- they have been sitting in they house since August in silent reporting every sound my kids make, will even mute their TV at night to listen to me go to the toilet!! They stand outside my home looking in my windows (front and back). My partner has had to put up frosted glass because of this! (You can still see in and out as the sides are still clear). At night they look through my front room windows- he has even put his face on my window to look in!! They have repeatedly tresspassed into my garden! A few weeks ago I was in my bathroom, I heard my gate being opened but thought nothing of it until I heard her at her window telling him I was still in my house.. I ran downstairs to find my gate wide open! I continually hear them shouting on the phone "oh so she is getting arrested and her kids are getting taken"!! She has even said that if we are not moved that she will kill herself!! I cannot live like this. We are just trying to live our lives but they just want to make it hell so we leave!! Please if anyone can help I would be very grateful.
Katie - 22-Dec-16 @ 12:49 PM
I have now become the perpetrator from the victim being assaulted as I had no independent witnesses and these 4 neighbours have made up a story that it was me that assaulted one of these 4 but also each have now said that I've assaulted 3 of them. The police know that I'm being targeted but the council have gone off probability and now I've been served with an injunction order with power of arrest for 6 months which means I can't move away from these evil people that are causing all the problems. They act like they control the avenue and can do any kind of ASB because they all stick together with the same story.The only way out of this is to get photo evidence that is very clear like CCTV or a body cam as I can't even step foot on the avenue in case they attack me which they are threatening me with. Then I would get arrested cos they would all make up their story by turning it around onto me. That's the power they have, we can't afford the technology that is needed to go all the way to court as we did have footage of my partner being assaulted but the police said the mega pixel wasnt clear enough for the judge to have facial recognition, basically, we need better camera technology. We desperately need help, my partner is terminally I'll and our health anxiety depression is worse than ever. We feel imprisoned in our own home. Can anyone help
Anony - 19-Dec-16 @ 12:18 PM
kitkat - Your Question:
For the last two weeks I have been taking my daughter to school and bk and as you walk up my street ther is a huge smell of cannabis from the bottom to half way up what cam I do

Our Response:
Report this to your local police.
ProblemNeighbours - 15-Dec-16 @ 11:13 AM
For the last two weeks I have been taking my daughter to school and bk and as you walk up my street ther is a huge smell of cannabisfrom the bottom to half way up what cam I do
kitkat - 14-Dec-16 @ 9:19 AM
My partner and I have been targeted by 4 same neighbours with threats, violence, constant harassment and now criminal damage to our home and assault on both of us. I've been suffering from this since I moved in 3 yrs ago and now my partner also this year. It has escalated dramatically this year and also now since they've found out we have a car. Our health has deteriorated so much this past year, not only from these nasty, evil people but I was hit by a car as a pedestrian in April then July was assaulted in my front garden by my neighbour that lives directly across from me. Unfortunately through lack of evidence not having CCTV the police couldn't take it further and not only that, the 4 same neighbours tried to say I was the perpetrator even knowing I was still on crutches from the car accident and covered in mud and grass from where she jumped on me from behind, dragging me into my front garden. With the housing officer we've had no support at all,we even asked to move house before it got this far. Yet, the same 4 neighbours approached the same housing officer only weeks ago and somehow I was then served an injunction order with the power of arrest for originally 12 months but my solicitor got it down to 6 months meaning also we can't move away from this nightmare nor even able to have the necessary support of CBT therapy, as suggested and documented by the medical assessment doctor, in support of the trauma and injuries from the car accident not to mention the assault from the neighbour too. My partner has a terminal illness which you can imagine with added, unnessesary stress can contribute to his quality of life shortened. We are told we need a camera on our body like the police have but the expense is more than our budget. We have to get taxis everyday to and from the house to car for our safety. We have had 3 more incidents since I was served the injunction order including another assault and more criminal damage to our so called home of which the housing officer refuses to come to take a look. We have pictures but weve been advised not to engage with the housing which is making us more depressed with no hope. Please if there is anyone out there that could help us in any way to get us out of this dark hole, my gosh we would love to hear from you. Thank you for your time out to read and if anything it may let others know they're not alone and it needs to be more seriously addressed.
G - 14-Dec-16 @ 1:48 AM
For 2 years, we have lived in nothing short than living hell. We moved into a smaller property in 2014 and since then, the neighbour below us has been a nightmare. Parties that last for 18 hours at a time. Furniture gets thrown at 3am when she falls out with the people she invites in, usually when the alcohol has ran out. Screaming, shouting, arguing. I have been verbally abused on numerous occasions for which she is now on an abatement notice and Community resolution order, well both her and her mother as they both attack me when they get chance. The Police have been called when she is kicking at the door, screaming that she is going to kill me. We've had windows smashed in our car that cost us over £300 to fix. Scratches to the metal work and she wrote profanity all over the front door. Council are involved and we have provided dozens of noise sheets, been put on their standby service so they can witness the level of noise. The only snag there is, she gets louder and louder after the 1am cut off then all hell let's loose. We have had sound recording equipment fitted by the council who state her noise is out of order, yet we are still in the same situation. She has been hand served a warning letter only a week ago and all this week, we have lived in nothing short of hell. Our car was vandalised, she is banging on the ceiling and floors, slamming doors and goading her dogs to bark. To me she just seems untouchable. I am really lost as to what to do. The council tell us to call their noise team up until 1am but as I previously stated, she starts after 1am. We had to fit CCTV to our home due to the damage to the car and threats against me. We also record sound and the council asked for that on DVD but cannot promise it will even get used when you can clearly hear the tenant screaming "get out of my house" 2 years of this and I already suffer with depression and emotionally cannot tolerate much more. I beg the council every week to help and I know they must be trying hard. I am now at a point of being scared to be home alone when my partner goes to work. I work from home so at home all day, (other than the two times I need to call out to medicate my elderly father in law who has Parkinson's and suffers memory loss) I record all interaction with her, her Mother, her friends. All of them are horrid to me. We are quite people and don't bother anyone but in all honesty I know I'm heading for a breakdown. I really don't know what to do.
PmiddyProducer - 26-Nov-16 @ 12:22 AM
Anony - Your Question:
I live in a flat above one other tenant who I know personally. He & his mrs are cocaine abusers. They fight and argue everyday. Split up then get back together for another round of abuse & voilent slamming of doors. I recently moved because this happened at my old flat. I cant relax im currently on medication because of this situation. Council wont help without logs but cant cope for 3weeks listening to it when ive gone 3 years stuck in it.

Our Response:
Unfortunatelythis is standard procedure, if you want the EHO at the council to act on the problem, you really have to help by keeping a rough log of the noise etc. If that doesn't help, your only other option is private legal action which could be very costly and will also require evidence.
ProblemNeighbours - 21-Nov-16 @ 10:42 AM
I live in a flat above one other tenant who i know personally. He & his mrs are cocaine abusers. They fight and argue everyday. Split up then get back together for another round of abuse & voilent slamming of doors. I recently moved because this happened at my old flat. I cant relax im currently on medication because of this situation. Council wont help without logs but cant cope for 3weeks listening to it when ive gone 3 years stuck in it.
Anony - 18-Nov-16 @ 7:52 AM
I am a council tenant,and have my grandchild livening with me on police bail,there has been repocussions from this,have had a man unknown to me speaking at the front ov my home to another man asking him for my grandsons name,as he was looking at my door and my daughters door,( lives next door to me) reported I was afraid to police and said I was worried for my safety,I asked council to help me move for safety,police told council I was at no risk,so council wouldn't help me,6 weeks later,9 days befor my grandson goes back for bail,I have tapping on my door and window,thought nothing off it as council and police said I was at no risk previously,then 2 nights later I have tapping on my door again,I asked who it was,same as I did 2 days previous,then an almighty bang to my door,sounded like a full on kick,lucky I had chain on,then during my phone call to police had ammonia smell drifting through my home,the man had chucked a liquid up my door,iv been to council to ask to leave for my safety,they said they need to speak to police,to see if I'm at risk,which I clearly am at risk,if that person had got into my home I'm sure the liquid was ment for my face,.i am running from home to home to keep my children and grandson safe,this happend early hours Saturday,and still the police have not contacted the council,I have made a statement about the incidents and I have also made a complaint against police,as they said I was at no risk at the first time,I clearly was.can someone help me ,I don't kno wot steps to take ,as I am worried the police will say the same again and put me at risk again,against my better judgement,as I kno I'm at risk,the police say it's down to the council to move me,the council say it's down to the police if they say I'm at risk,any advice would be appreciated,thankyou
Brinkleberry - 15-Nov-16 @ 11:49 PM
Our neighbour separated from her husband a few months ago and straight away a new boyfriend moved in. She has a 17 year old daughter from a previous relationship who still lives at the house. Throughout the summer they have been very noisy, clearly drinking, lots of shouting. The problem is that a few times I've heard it getting out of control. I can hear shouts and screams and 'ow, ow, ow' noises. I can't tell if it's the mum or the daughter but one time it was definitely both screaming out hysterically and he was shouting. I feel like I should do something but I've already been round once and told them the screaming is keeping me up. If I call the police they will know it's me. I don't know if I'm overreacting but I'm worried that the 17 year old is in danger. I don't know don't what to do. I was about to dial 101 tonight but I'm worried it sounds worse than it is and I'll look like a moany neighbour.
Ina - 7-Nov-16 @ 9:15 PM
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