Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Troubling Neighbors
Q: I live in River Park area and recently a new neighbor has moved in. Since they have moved in there have been several calls made for domestic distrubances and noise issues and I was wonder if I should file a report in case I run into dealings with them on my property? They are vaguely aware that I may be the neighbor calling in the complaints and living alone worries me. What is my best way to handle this. I am not comfortable talking with them since they are aware I live alone and have already made comments regarding me, after police have left and ask them to quiet down.

A: I would suggest you continue to contact police when noise issues or disturbances are taking place so a unit can contact them and attempt to resolve the situation. If there is an issue with your neighbors being unwanted on your property then call police as well. We cannot file "preemptive" reports since in many cases no actual crime is taking place. When police sent on a call for service, every call is recorded in our CAD (computer aidned dispatch) database by address, and this data is also looked at- given calls for service to a location over a period of time- to determine if an address is becoming a nuisance over a given period of time.

When you call in a complaint on a neighbor, you do not need to reveal your exact location to the calltaker, however this is helpful too, since often the officer may wish to speak to the complainant for more information, or to advise the outcome of the call. We realize neighbors do not wish to reveal their identity, but if you wish for the officer responding to speak with you, simply specify that to the caller and perhaps the officer can give you more options to your situation.
posted by South Bend Police Department @ 10:32 AM  

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