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Reasons to Call the Police on Your Neighbors – And When Not To

Police Officer Outside of a Tulsa Rental HomeOne of the more challenging aspects of being a Tulsa renter is dealing with bad neighbors. You might need to report your neighbors to the police at some point. This choice should not be made hastily because there are many things to take into account. In this blog post, we’ll discuss some reasons why you might want to report your neighbors to the cops along with a few instances where you shouldn’t. If and when the need arises, this knowledge will enable you to contact law enforcement in an informed manner.

Reasons to Call the Police on Your Neighbors

When typical disagreements come up with your neighbors, your best solution is to try to fix the situation directly with them. There are different things you can do to end the conflict amicably, such as engaging in discussion with them or making a concession.

Yet, there are a few cases in which you must notify the police. Included are:

  • Threats are made against you or your rental property by your neighbors.
  • Your neighbors frequently violate your property’s boundaries or engage in vandalism.
  • You feel unsafe because of the actions your neighbors take that are dangerous, violent, or rude.
  • Your neighbors participate in criminal behavior.
  • Late at night, your neighbors are severely disturbing you (e.g., loud music) and continue to do so despite your requests for them to stop.
  • You have reason to think that your neighbors may be in danger if you hear gunshots, see smoke or flames coming from the house, or have other such indications.

The police or another competent authority must be contacted in these situations, and they must be given control. In addition to defusing the situation, they could be required to file a police report to protect you. Attempting to intervene without adequate expertise or knowledge may also exacerbate the situation.

Reasons Not to Call the Police on Your Neighbors

It is crucial to consider the situation carefully and make sure you aren’t overreacting before calling the police. It is best to initially try and talk things out with your neighbors if they just hold different beliefs or lifestyles than you.

Furthermore, it’s essential to keep in mind that the police can wield authority and power, thus it’s imperative to exercise that power properly. Calling the police to deal with your neighbors’ minor disputes or uncontrollable circumstances is not a good idea (e.g., loud children). If your Tulsa property manager knows your neighbors and can settle the conflict, you might wish to call them first. Also, in the following circumstances you shouldn’t call the police:

  • If your neighbors are arguing with one another or with someone else, the conflict may unnecessarily escalate.
  • Slight annoyances are caused by your neighbors, such as when they park on the street in front of your house.
  • Your neighbors have overgrown weeds, garbage, or other eyesores in the yard. If you reside in an HOA, you should report this to them rather than the police.
  • Although they are not violent, threatening, or illegal, your neighbors engage in actions that you find objectionable.
  • Although they don’t breach any laws, your neighbors are occasionally noisy (e.g., when hosting a small gathering or game night).

Consider all the variables and how they might influence both you and your neighbors before determining whether or not to report your neighbors to the police. Furthermore, if you decide to approach law authorities, you should inform your landlord of the circumstance. Renters must keep in mind that having good neighbor connections is key to having a satisfying rental experience.

If you have followed all of this advice and are still unable to live in harmony with your current neighbors, it may be a good time to start over. We’d be delighted to guide you in locating your new property because Real Property Management Tulsa has fantastic listings in popular locations. Browse our listings online today!

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