Be a considerate neighbour
Living noises are usually part of our daily lives and everyone from time to time will be subjected to it. Tolerance is something that we all should have when living in a community where inevitably people lead different lifestyles. But it is also very important to remain reasonable, considerate and mindful of our neighbours.
Excessive noise is unreasonable and can cause disturbance especially if regular and prolonged or at unsociable times.
How to be a considerate neighbour
- TV and stereo – think about the volume. Use headphones or pull your equipment away from the wall.
- Parties/BBQs – if you are planning a party/BBQ warn your neighbours well in advance. Encourage your guests to be respectful or why not invite your neighbours along and create some community spirit?
- Dogs – be respectful to your neighbours’ complaints; some dogs may only bark when their owners are out of their home so you may be unaware that there is a problem.
- If you suspect that domestic abuse taking place or other acts of violence please contact the police on 999, in an emergency or 101 if not.
- Regarding noise nuisance, in the first instance, try and speak to your neighbour if you feel safe and confident to do so, to resolve the issues.
If you cannot do this or the issues continues you may choose to report anti-social behaviour or a crime that is not an emergency by calling your local police force or council anti-social behaviour team.
Remember, in an emergency, you should always call 999.
An emergency is:
- when a crime is happening
- when someone suspected of a crime is nearby, or
- when someone is injured, being threatened, or in danger.
Alternatively, if you want to remain anonymous, you can pass on information about crimes to the independent charity, Crimestoppers, either on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org. Information is taken 24 hours, seven days a week, including Christmas Day.