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Protection from Harassment

By: Jeff Durham - Updated: 20 May 2022 | comments*Discuss
 
Harassment Laws Neighbours Police Victim

Nobody has to suffer persecution or harassment from their neighbours, no matter what has motivated the perpetrator to do this to you in the first place, and you are protected by the law in this regard. Some instances of harassment arise as a result of a dispute between neighbours which has escalated out of control.

Sometimes it’s down to anti-social behaviour by irresponsible youths, other times it may be due to a long-running dispute with a neighbour. Your harassment may be motivated by perceived differences between you and the rest of your neighbourhood by a neighbour(s) and these are usually of a Discriminatory Nature which is dealt with in another article contained on this website.

What Constitutes Harassment?

Harassment can occur in many forms. It's described as 'causing alarm or distress' and also as 'putting people in fear of violence'. It can include, but is not limited to, the following types of behaviour:

  • Threats of violence against you or an actual act of violence committed upon you
  • Abusive and/or insulting behaviour or words
  • Threats of damage to your property and possessions or actual damage to them
  • Any written form of abuse or threat made to you, including letters, graffiti or any other kind of written material such as posters being put up that are derogatory towards you

Basically, harassment can be any type of behaviour or action taken towards you which threatens your own sense of security and peace or which causes you unnecessary inconvenience. For more detailed information surrounding harssment and the laws governing it take a look at www.cps.gov.uk

What You Can Do if You Become a Victim of Harassment

If you feel that you are being harassed, you should immediately notify the police. It’s also useful if you have Kept Written Records of all the occasions when any harassment has took place, including what form of harassment you suffered, the date and time it took place, and a name or description of the perpetrator(s). Even if you haven’t gathered all of this information or you don’t know who might be responsible, just give the police as much information as you can.

The more you can tell them, the quicker and easier it will be to get the harassment to stop and to instigate any legal proceedings that might be necessary. Once you have been interviewed by the police, they will be on hand to offer you any advice while they conduct their investigations.

What Happens Next?

The police take harassment issues very seriously. They will be there to support you although the level will vary depending upon the severity of the harassment which has taken place. They will also offer you all the required information and guidance you might need if the matter goes to court. Depending on the nature of the harassment, they’ll also put you in touch with relevant external organisations or agencies that will be able to give you specialised support and further counselling assistance, if needed.

If You Live in Rented Accommodation

If you live in rented accommodation, you should also inform your landlord, local authority or housing association. They can offer additional support which might include fitting locks, vandal-proof letterboxes, fences and lighting, and installing alarms which might even be linked to your local police station. If your perpetrator lives in the same building as you, they can also confront them and warn them about possible tenancy agreement breaches, and the possibility of eviction.

In the case of local authorities and housing associations, they might also be able to assist in re-housing you elsewhere if that’s the decision you feel would be best for you. However, if you like living in your present home, you should feel under no compulsion to move, and your local authority will take all the necessary steps and offer you the support to enable you to remain put. Nobody should ever feel compelled to be driven out of their home and neighbourhood against their wishes because of a harassment issue.

Harassment is a serious offence, can cause unbearable stress and will be dealt with harshly by the Police and the Legal System.

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This type of behaviour needs to be nipped in the bud. There is absolutely no need to destroy and persist in doing so, in playing repulsive music and pounding music constantly.
Sass - 20-May-22 @ 12:23 AM
llive on my own and have done so for the past 21 years in my flatl had a problem neighdourbelow me that was around 6/7years ago he was nothing but anti-social shouting swearing banging all the flatdoors on drugs alcohol mental health problems etc police were called many times maybe around 50 times they did not do much about it the council anti-socialteam were no good they advised me to get a lawyer thats what l did then he moved out the council put a young woman in the flat below me she has been there for around 5/6years and she is the very same she is going around the flat banging all the doors at all times of day and night shouting /swearing she goes from room to room following me l think she is recording me as well when l am talking on my phone its no use reporting her to the police as its like there is nothing they can or want to do its the very same with the anti-social team on the council l am been harrased it never stops why should l have to live like this in my own home its like l will be pushed out after 21 years its like people thatgive anti -social problems to there neighbours get away with it there is no one willing to help the good decent tenants ant advice wellcome
Decent Guy - 16-May-22 @ 1:24 PM
It started when my neighbours bought the detached house next door. We greeted them nicely, however the husband didn't want to engage with us when chatting to him and his wife. Not long after they were singing through a karaoke machine. My husband went round and politely advised that due to their home being open plan, we can hear everything! This didn't stop them and it continued most evenings. We had to contact our local Environmental team. Over the past 4 years we have had to put up with loud music, screaming and shouting from him, hammering, banging and drilling! We have had Environmental team in twice and the Police! I have lost my temper with him a few times as my husband and I work long shifts and never feel to get any rest from THIS MAN! He appears to be hell bent on winding us up. We are both at our wits end with him.
Fed up - 14-May-22 @ 7:35 PM
I have had 9 years of hell, abuse, damage to car, intimidation, and it just keeps getting worse, it started when we moved in our house, not sure why or by who exactly, but over the years who ever started the hate campaign against me has now got all my neighbours against me, in the beginning I ignored the threats, damage and intimidation, thinking who ever was behind it would give up and get on with their life, but I think they must literally spend every day bad mouthing me, gossiping spreading so much hate that 9 years later no one speaks to me at all, I had a new neighbour move in next door to me last month, they both talked to me the first two times I saw them, now they completely blank me too, i feel it's the older generation neighbours who seem to be the worst behaved, they seem to have so much hate, its had such a damaging effect on my young daughter who i had to move her school twice due to bullying from families of my neighbours! She has bad anxiety attacks, she thinks I'm going to get hurt by a neighbour, I dream of moving home one day, but for the moment we are stuck here as we just cant afford to move, I am not sure how to cope anymore though
Not sleeping - 10-May-22 @ 7:38 PM
My neighbour spreading rumours its all because he think i stole his ring but i havnt there was 2 people in his flat ..this happened 2 years ago the lad he acused first time walked out of his flat saying ive had enough of being acused but wouldnt you stand up for yourself if you wasnt guilty ..i told the acuser to ring the police but he waited 3 days ..then he rang the police but police said not got any evidence. now since the acuser as moved he now thinks ive stole the ring and spreading rumors about me.ive dried his washing he even rang me to look after his key as he left it in his door while shopping ..would you ask a theif do that.if this carrys on i be ringing the police. Had enough of him !!
Donna - 10-May-22 @ 2:18 PM
My wife and I live in a condom and two minor children where the neighbor downstairs under our apartment has been harassing us for a long time.Namely, he turned the same apartment for growing marijuana.Fan noise and the smell that comes are dangerous to health.He publicly threatens us in front of our neighbors that he will set us on fire and kill us.Police are silent on the evidence because his friend is a police officer and close to the chief who protects and encourages him.The man publicly provokes us to fight on several occasions and publicly says that he will do what he wants and that no one can do anything to him, the police remain silent.In most cases we are kicked out of the police station by his friend personally.This terror has been going on for years and what is most tragic is that the police tell us that the only solution is to sell our apartment and move out.Magnify hard on the walls and scare the children.The children, and we have consequences from what is happening to us, and the police claim that this was not a police method.
Domenic - 24-Apr-22 @ 9:50 AM
We lived in our Housing Association home for 14 years and have been subjected to anti -social behaviour from the out of control youngsters for years and now from a neighbour who moved in a few months ago. Throwing rubbish in our garden, loud music, screaming, lying about us = making slanderous allegations but, they claim that we are harassing them! We are working and are out of the house by 06.15 and don't come back until 17.45 or later.We just want to be able to relax and be left in peace but, as the nasty neighbour takes a sick delight in tormenting us.. You need proof and the only proof is with a security camera but then you are accused of spying on them. Slanderous allegations are made while they are in the garden and only we can hear them clearly. We were told by police that recording slanderous comments and the loud music is not admissable,therefore, what is the point? Recording their actions, throwing rubbish into our garden etc is not allowed either. So, where do we get proof ?Because proof is needed but you are not allowed to provide it Catch 22 and beyond ludicrous. It's like living in the twilight zone Housing Association and police couldn't care less We are expected to ignore nasty neighbours behaviour while they just carry on. Makes you wonder why tenants have to sign housing contracts and are required to be of good behaviour, not causing a nuisance etc when it's just words on paper and totally meaningless because it is not enforced. I'd bet if we refused to pay rent they'd be interested soon enough but it would not help us. The awful situation has affected our health and, as we are not getting any support from the powers that be, we are planning to leave not just our home but Britain.We have tried to exchange for 10 years but the only people interested came from even worse situations .Britain has turned into a fudging sugar show were the vilest people are protected while decent hard working people are shafted and it will only get worse. There was a time when HA tenants had to be of good character but now any low life is welcomed with open arms. How many people will commit suicide because of such appalling situations? Who cares? Certainly not the police,nor local authorities nor HA or any of the politicians who will come knocking on the door to get your vote. "People who are anti- social need a home too" was the response from oneSNP councillor. She seemed put out that we dared to even raise the issue .. enough said You are on your own and if you are unable to leave you are expected to endure the torment Enough said
KC - 10-Apr-22 @ 4:17 PM
2 neighbours are using Barnet Homes (council) to harass me, who take great enjoyment in doing these neighbours' bidding.This has been ongoing for the past 20 years and I am at the end of my tether.
Fed Up - 28-Mar-22 @ 12:08 PM
i have had problems with my neighbours for years as i reported him for hitting and threatening to kill his son . Police were useless. Now they have started again on me as i reported his son for smashing someones window . Again police are useless There is no protection He owns his house and i dont The police make home owners gods and they can do anything
Kara - 26-Mar-22 @ 12:45 PM
My neighbour who I've had big problems with for a year came and threw a bottle at my bedroom window at 02:20 in the morning last night. Nothing smashed but it made such a noise that it jarred my partner and I awake and we both were very shaken and panicked. Im at my wits end. The harassment has been relentless and has encompassed everything from threatening behaviour at my door, constant staring in our windows, trespassing and blackmailing emails to my partner. Police do nothing.
AHellens - 24-Mar-22 @ 8:45 PM
Police do not take harassment seriously. They laugh and joke with the perpetrators. The landlord is no better as I have my data access which reveals that my landlord informed police, that I was only reporting this to get as much attention as possible. It hurts to learn that this world is cruel regardless if the situation. It's people who fail us. Police believed this lie as the landlord didn't need and evidence of this assumption. Yet we need to supply evidence.
Jay - 20-Mar-22 @ 11:58 PM
Nosy neighbor and their clan of associates are bothering me around town. One of their family members even threatened to beat me up. Noise harrasment,bullying the list gos on and on. Absolutely diabolical how these people can get away with it. Probably due to her telling everyone sob storys (as usual) nasty peice of work if I'm such a problem LEAVE ME ALONE. all their family members look like or what appear to be embittered older women who have most likely divorced or split up due to their attitudes. They even get their children involved sometimes sad pathetic lifes the lot of them. To call them useless is an understatement. Get a life get a JOB and leave me alone.
Theyarebonkers - 19-Mar-22 @ 4:36 PM
I been harassed for 5 year with death threats, shot at arson, criminal damage thief, hit with a vehicle, assault and the police won’t stop it, I tried to take my life a few time and now salt harmingevery time the people doing it hassles me, but still the people don’t want to know but been arrested for swearing at them and other so call crimes I never did as they are the victims, the police have even assaulted me as I had a full breakdown, I have no choice to take my life as the harassment will never stop as they are the victims and that why they still hassling me
Karl - 10-Mar-22 @ 11:52 AM
My car is having cars park almost on my bumper i get abuse in the street they get other vechicles to block me I have a satement from a buikder i had do work he dud me a statement the police do nothing They told them to not come near me after threats and came back and said im.doing the saMe no proof i have evidence thats ignored thats what hapoens its a parking isdue its not he told me i dont know what hes capable of 35 year old bloke im 61 more need to be done we shouldnt be prisoneers in our home
Cassy - 9-Mar-22 @ 10:49 AM
New single parents moving in. Screaming and shouting on the road, shouting abuse and that I am mental, crazy etc for no reason other than jealousy. I work, own my own home, nice holidays. Totally unjust and no need as never spoke with her. She then got a little gang so I sent a letter to them telling them what they were all doing to me and to stop. They then saw the letters as a reason to call me mental, crazy, prostitute, whenever I went to my car abusing me. Screaming at my door accusing me of letting car tyres down, when I had my grandson all weekend, plus no idea where she works. Another came screaming smashing doors in accusing me of parking in her fathers disabled bay she holds a permit for.My car was hid from them plus my car has its own private reg so defo not me. Telling me to commit suicide. I am at breaking point. Council are useless saying no one will get moved, Tell you to write it down then say its hearsay no evidence. You record it and your breaking the law not allowed to use it. I attempted suicide last year through this as I just want to go to work, enjoy my walks with my dogs and go to my caravan. I am prevented from doing this my state of mind not sleeping and do not know what to do.Cannot afford solicitiors no support although I am having counselling, mental health worker . I want a injunction against these but cannot seem to get any where without paying. They have said they will run me off the road, its my own home, they rent or are council tenants. So unfair no wonder people take things into their own hands. If you ring up and mention Racism the Police jump like anything.
junior - 8-Mar-22 @ 11:44 AM
Every neighbourhood needs a common bond and sadly being the only Black person married to a White British man andresiding in that community, provides the single unifying factor which brings people together for gossip, hate and harrassment. One neighbour in particular has caused us distress, alarm and fear. Approaching us each time when we go outside to cut hedges,cleaning our driveway, by standing, glaring and making remarks and also relaying in megaphone mode all of our actions to someone on her phone. Then making false claims that our gardening tools blocked the path, almost tripped her up, causing her to walk on the cycle path and nearly getting hit by a bicycle. In reality, there was ample space to pass and she came very close to me, almost knocking me overwhilst making a racial slur. There have been several other incidents all reported to the police. However, unlessthe offender is a motorist, exceeding the speed limit,the police are either going on leave,or they will advise,to gather information so that when the offender harms you, or murders you, then the proverbial 'lessons will be learnt,' will be meaninglessly regurgitated like sick vomit. Very little is done proactively, no warnings are given to offenders, that takes time and effort which the police don't have since they are stretched being reactive.
KP - 2-Oct-21 @ 10:47 PM
I’m getting bullied by two of my neighbours inmy street one of them kept calling me horrible names and banging on my door saying I’ve called her names when I’ve done nothing. I’ve had my house egged and tomato sauce all over my door can’t even leave my house with out her looking where I’m going all the time . So I got a camera and put that up and they both kicked off I caught them doing it so I sent it to the police. One of the ladies got an harassment order. I got one two when I’ve done nothing wrong. Now I’m getting the other lady tell all the neighbours that I pointed my camera at 9:00 at night in her bedroom window so I can see what she is doing. But I have not she wants all of them to make a complaint about it so I have to take my camera down . But none of them want nothing to do with it as I’ve done nothing wrong . The only reason she wants it down so she can give me crap again.I’m scared what’s gonna happen next as now I don’t even go out . I can’t sleep at all . So worried I’m gonna get kicked out my house . for nothing. I don’t know what to do any more
Bell40 - 23-Sep-21 @ 10:17 PM
I’m getting bullied by two of my neighbours inmy street one of them kept calling me horrible names and banging on my door saying I’ve called her names when I’ve done nothing. I’ve had my house egged and tomato sauce all over my door can’t even leave my house with out her looking where I’m going all the time . So I got a camera and put that up and they both kicked off I caught them doing it so I sent it to the police. One of the ladies got an harassment order. I got one two when I’ve done nothing wrong. Now I’m getting the other lady tell all the neighbours that I pointed my camera at 9:00 at night in her bedroom window so I can see what she is doing. But I have not she wants all of them to make a complaint about it so I have to take my camera down . But none of them want nothing to do with it as I’ve done nothing wrong . The only reason she wants it down so she can give me crap again.I’m scared what’s gonna happen next as now I don’t even go out . I can’t sleep at all . So worried I’m gonna get kicked out my house . for nothing. I don’t know what to do any more
Bell40 - 23-Sep-21 @ 10:00 PM
Please help since the end of May this year my family have been having problems with a neighbour next door. At first it started with verbal abuse threats swearing etc infront of my children (she was told to stop by police) I had videod it so she couldn’t deny. This is when the noise from inside her property started…. I’ve been recording on my phone etc of course, but now she has realised that this can lead to her being evicted (which I said I didn’t want to happen to anyone all she needs to do is leave us alone) so now she’s using some sort of device that’s making my whole families ears ring all day long, at night time she turns it up and the ringing turns to pain in mine and my partners ears, we think it’s ultrasonic sound device (sounds ridiculous I know!) I downloaded an app which shows at night it’s reading at 25db which I know isn’t much but the frequency is up to 5000hz which is why we’re guessing our ears are vibrating so much. Please can anyone help us with anything we can do, we can’t go anywhere in our house without the sound/ vibrations and we have children here that have to go through this too! Thankyou for reading!
Marie - 19-Sep-21 @ 9:58 AM
Bloke opposite and his wife seem to have it in for my family It started when they reported my dogs for barking To environmental health they where told to keep a diary of all dog barking incidents and it turned out it wasn’t our dogs as when questioned about some dates and times by the officer I had been home with my dogs and they are always very well behaved but there’s no apology from anyone you just get told you’re not being investigated anymore. I am a field engineer working from home so when I need parts for a next day job I have them shipped overnight by specialist courier who has a key to my vehicle he very quietly arrives delivering my order and leaves no one hears them Not even the dogs but on 2 occasions recently they come while that neighbour is awake and he has tried reporting me for that I have spoken to my other neighbours and they don’t hear my dogs and they didn’t even realise I had been having these deliveries for the past 2 year I’m finding it all a bit stressful I don’t want to confront him because I will look like the aggressor I feel quite low and am quite tired of it It’s like they have it in for us and I really don’t know what to do
Eddie Cocker - 18-Sep-21 @ 9:34 PM
i have this neighbor he says he going to send my stepdad a letter of what i was saying on a website here is what he wroteIf I send him a letter thru the post office, You can not open it and throw it away! That is a felony. Now get this When I send a letter to him or call him is up to me! I can do it today or next month if I want to. The fact that you will not know when I decide to do it, is the best part. I saw your threat on you other crappy story that because I haven't come and left a letter or called so you are still here. Get this I won't just state That you are here but I have been coping all of your stories and replies. I will make sure I will give them to him and there is nothing you can do about that boy! As I said I will send him a letter thru the post office and there is nothing you can do. I will send it certified so he is the only one who can sign for it! It will contain everything you said including what you said about your sister! Get off this site and I will leave you alone get thatYou are an ass! I will send it certified with his signature required! What are you going to do rip it out of his hand? It will have no return address on it! I'm going to say this one more time. If you get off this site and don't come back I will leave you alone! I promise that. If you are here tomorrow then all bets are off and one day I will call him or send a certified letter to him and that will be that. If I choose I will call him and send letters every day till I feel like stopping or he changes his phone number which I will find the new one.You are an idiot. He will be the only one who can sign for it. It will be delivered only when he is home even at night or weekends! They delivery person will not be able to give it to anyone else. In fact he will have to show his ID to sign for it. Quit pushing your luck and get off this site! Before I call him and tell him I will be sending the letter at the same time. I can also email him everything also. Just get off this site and that will be it! I'm 45 years old not an old man. Just get off this site. That should be a deal you can't refuseI have his number and you know that! I have his email and you know that. I want to remain anonymous in this but if I have to walk up to him and tell him what you are doing I will. Plus the delivery man comes to you house and only your stepdad can sign it. If he has to go to the post office to get it he will. JUST GET OFF THIS SITE AND THAT WILL BE IT! is that bad because i don't want him to do that i have emailed the cops and i hope they will put a stop to it and he won't give me his name
jackie - 13-Sep-21 @ 1:55 AM
For the past 2 yrs we have been subject to threats, abuse, intimidation, ASB, harassment etc. from our neighbour. She has an injuction in place and has breached this several times. Authorities say they need more evidence. We own our property and she is with Housing Association. This woman is vile and plays on her mental health issues. My partner and I can't afford to move and we are about to have a serious mental breakdown. We are both on anti depressants and have extreme anxiety. Nobody seems to understand.
Moo - 10-Sep-21 @ 5:52 PM
3 years of harassment. Physical mental verbal abuse from my neighbours. They live in housing association and I own my property. I have had police about 7 to 8 times and none of it has stopped this.
Angel - 9-Sep-21 @ 10:24 AM
Furniture or brown trouser made stuff dwp irl I think Can't prove any of it either. Virgo I mean vera
Irish - 3-Sep-21 @ 9:25 PM
Followed and filmed in every detail Lost job BT worked there 7 yrs Framed for a crime hadn't done
Neil Sykes did it - 3-Sep-21 @ 9:08 PM
Neighbour grey beard and his wife with small yellow car. Followed me to supermarket a few times. His wife then walked their dog near my house Early one morning wasxwoken up too early. He was Shouting for hours on end to leave his home Then Late on during weekdays Sounded like domestic argument His wife was taken away by police As soon as she got back it started up again Saw him walking up my garden path when he knocked on my door Swore at me to began with F then off.Horrible man
Same - 3-Sep-21 @ 8:58 PM
A serving police officer who I've had a run in with and lived across the road from me has started spreading malicious gossip about me to the neighbours. She has now moved a few streets away. I fear she has put my family at risk of serious harm by spreading unsubstantiated rubbish about me. I would not at all be surprised if one of the idiot neighbours kids pours petrol through the letterbox. What can i do legally? This woman has endangered my family with her lies.
Stu - 2-Sep-21 @ 9:01 AM
Bloke opposite and his wife seem to have it in for my family It started when they reported my dogs for barking To environmental health they where told to keep a diary of all dog barking incidents and it turned out it wasn’t our dogs as when questioned about some dates and times by the officer I had been home with my dogs and they are always very well behaved but there’s no apology from anyone you just get told you’re not being investigated anymore. I am a field engineer working from home so when I need parts for a next day job I have them shipped overnight by specialist courier who has a key to my vehicle he very quietly arrives delivering my order and leaves no one hears them Not even the dogs but on 2 occasions recently they come while that neighbour is awake and he has tried reporting me for that I have spoken to my other neighbours and they don’t hear my dogs and they didn’t even realise I had been having these deliveries for the past 2 year I’m finding it all a bit stressful I don’t want to confront him because I will look like the aggressor I feel quite low and am quite tired of it It’s like they have it in for us and I really don’t know what to do
Eddie Cocker - 1-Sep-21 @ 11:38 PM
Bloke opposite and his wife seem to have it in for my family It started when they reported my dogs for barking To environmental health they where told to keep a diary of all dog barking incidents and it turned out it wasn’t our dogs as when questioned about some dates and times by the officer I had been home with my dogs and they are always very well behaved but there’s no apology from anyone you just get told you’re not being investigated anymore. I am a field engineer working from home so when I need parts for a next day job I have them shipped overnight by specialist courier who has a key to my vehicle he very quietly arrives delivering my order and leaves no one hears them Not even the dogs but on 2 occasions recently they come while that neighbour is awake and he has tried reporting me for that I have spoken to my other neighbours and they don’t hear my dogs and they didn’t even realise I had been having these deliveries for the past 2 year I’m finding it all a bit stressful I don’t want to confront him because I will look like the aggressor I feel quite low and am quite tired of it It’s like they have it in for us and I really don’t know what to do
Eddie Cocker - 1-Sep-21 @ 10:05 AM
Our neighbour gets very annoyed and abusive if we use our garden in the evening. She will shout f words, and find loud things to bang and this will continue for the whole time we are outside. She will also throw small things into the garden. Last night she turned all the tv’s up to full volume blasting out of the house and kept screaming I don’twant to hear your bloody conversation (whilst crouching right next to the fence).We don’t play music and it is often just the two of us. If anyone laughs or speaks slightly louder the abuse starts. Every she stands in her bedroom window staring at me and sticking her middle finger up. We have tried to speak to them and although the husband was very reasonable and said we are not being noisy or doing anything wrong he can’t do anything to stop her. We have been made aware she has previously been sectioned for mental health issues. I don’t know where to turn.
Briar - 26-Aug-21 @ 7:20 AM
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