Ack. I need advice.

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    Jun 23, 2013 3:48 AM GMT
    Anyone dealt with misbehaving neighbor kids before? I don't live in the greatest neighborhood. Not dangerous, but not one of those chichi family neighborhoods. There's some kids living next door (I think) in a multi-unit building. I'm not sure which unit or who their parent(s) are. I suspect a single mother who isn't home all that often.

    They used to come over to hang out with the downstairs neighbors. I guess he and his GF were home more often and took a liking to them. Unfortunately our yard is shared so that meant they were hanging out in my yard. So no boundaries. The downstairs neighbors moved out. I'm not home super often and my housemate is never home anymore (and apathetic about everything regardless). Now we have an issue...

    Last week I left my garage unlocked and they got inside and found a can of paint and a mop. I came home to find the contents of my garage strewn about and white paint mopped across the street. Nothing stolen, but even so...

    Then today I came home and there was ant/roach poison powder spread out on the ground (I knew what it was because they left the container on the ground, too). It could have potentially been the property management company, but it was so poorly done that even they would have applied it more competently. And we don't have ants or roaches. I called and left a message, but I suspect it was the kids again. But that goes beyond mischief into malice territory, so I'm a bit stressed about it.

    Thing is, I haven't seem them do anything, haven't been able to see them to ask if they knew anything about it, and don't know their parents. Anyone have any advice? The only reason they might be pissed at me is that I politely declined to give them our wifi password...

    Not fun.
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:28 AM GMT
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:31 AM GMT
    Web cam. Record them destroying property. Submit to the cops.
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:40 AM GMT
    Ooorr...poison cupcakes.
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    Jun 23, 2013 4:52 AM GMT
    Matiz saidOoorr...poison cupcakes.
    Nooo. Cupcakes should be used for good, not bad. icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 23, 2013 10:35 AM GMT
    How do the new downstairs people feel?
    I would say coordinate with them.
    (What nerve to ask for your password)
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    Jun 23, 2013 10:43 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter saidHow do the new downstairs people feel?
    I would say coordinate with them.
    (What nerve to ask for your password)


    He mentioned that they moved out.

    @OP Like xrichx said record them..

    Edit: nvm you said "new downstairs people"
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    Jun 23, 2013 6:00 PM GMT
    Sounds like a difficult problem to solve. Dealing with bad neighbours is one thing, but then when children are involved, things can become so much more delicate...

    Well, as some of the members here have suggested already, I think you need a solid evidence first that these kids are indeed using your backyard as their playground before you can address these problems any further. You don't need a high quality security camera or anything... just move your computer closer to where the window is and tilt the web cam at an angle so that it faces down past the window towards the backyard. You can set it on record while you are gone to work.

    In the mean time, you should make sure that you lock all the doors and keep all the dangerous things away from their reach. If they ever get hold of something dangerous and get hurt, things can get messy for you. I recommend putting up signs on the access to your backyard as well, like "Private Property: Do Not Enter", "Caution: Under Surveillance" or even "Beware of Dogs" to scare off the kids lol.

    You should also call the community services or the police (via non-emergency contact line) and ask them for advice. They have a better idea of what you can do that can be endorsed by law so that you will have a good foundation to land on should anything get messy. Make sure to tell them about what the kids have done already i.e. getting the paint and insect poison. If they are particularly young, that should be enough to get their attention.

    Anyways, best of luck. Hope you can sort this out soon... it does sound quite troublesome.
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    Jun 23, 2013 8:45 PM GMT
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    Why are we even discussing this problem anymore?
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    Jun 23, 2013 8:58 PM GMT
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    that is just wrong....... but fucking funny.
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    Jun 23, 2013 9:23 PM GMT
    Do you know any cops in your neighborhood? Or know someone who knows someone? Or maybe there is a cop who you've seen around who might be approachable? Talk to them.

    I'm on a first name basis with many of the local force, and friends with a few that I work with(I work for a township). Every cop I know will tell you the same thing- talk to me and maybe I can help.

    Sometimes talking with the parent(s) and kids involved with the police as intermediaries can settle things before they get out of hand. Why wait until it becomes a major problem?
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    Jun 23, 2013 10:06 PM GMT
    Have you tried talking to them?
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    Jun 24, 2013 6:38 AM GMT
    theantijock saidHave you tried talking to them?


    I would love to do that, but they seemed to conveniently disappear after each incident. And I can't knock on their door because I don't know which door it is.

    The conversation itself is also a bit troublesome when I try to play it through my head. I assume I'd just ask them if they knew anything about the weird things going on at my house without implying that they had anything to do with it (lacking any hard evidence).
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    Jun 24, 2013 6:58 AM GMT
    just put up a sign

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