Many people who experience anti-social behaviour at home will avoid speaking to the person(s) responsible. You might think ‘’the conversation is too awkward’’ or ‘’am I overreacting?’’ or ‘’it could make matters worse’’.
While it can be daunting, talking about the issue in person is much more effective than a note through the door or even trying to ignore the issue until it causes you stress or anxiety. Always consider your safety and the safety of others before you make the decision to speak to someone.
When you approach the person(s) to discuss the issue remember these tips:
If you are concerned that a neighbour may be breaking the current ‘Rule of six’ law, please adopt the above approach and try to speak to them about your concerns first.
If the you are experiencing anti-social behaviour of a more serious nature, you do not feel confident in speaking to the person(s) responsible, or a neighbour deliberately breaks the ‘Rule of six’ after spoken to them about it, please dial Thames Valley Police 101 for further advice.
If you are in dispute with your neighbour and both parties feel they are in the right, mediation might a good option to explore. Mediation brings both parties together with an independent person to listen to both people in the dispute and help them find a solution. If you would like to discuss mediation for the issues you are experiencing, please contact the Community Safety Team or your housing provider.