Sorry to read of your troubles with the feral teenagers. We have the same problem here every summer in what is normally a quiet cul-de-sac. We have a nice open outlook, but the downside is that the field across the street is often used by youths for large drinking gatherings. About four weeks ago I interrupted a couple of teenagers trying to break into my other car (not the 75 thankfully) which parks on the street in front of my house, only a few feet in front of our lounge window. They were not at all bothered about being discovered, and it didnâ€™t take long for two youths to become several â€“ it was very unsettling. We worried for weeks after whether they would come back or target us because I confronted them. Last year I chased a few out of our back garden around 1am â€“ also an unpleasant experience.
Myself and a neighbour have noticed a couple of things. It often starts with a small group that put out a message on their mobile â€“ weâ€™ve heard them in front of our house on the phone, stating our post code and to â€˜get it outâ€™. Presumably itâ€™s the closest post code to the field. It doesnâ€™t take long for a steady stream of youths to appear, all following directions on their mobiles. So our quiet street becomes a rat run and the zone of opportunistic vandalism and theft, especially later on when theyâ€™re all trashed and showing off.
You were right to call the police. I didnâ€™t like doing it â€“ I felt like I should be defending my property myself â€“ but these kids are virtually above the law and they know it. The more calls the police receive the more seriously theyâ€™ll take it.
Borg Warner wrote:Past few nights we've had some minor trouble with the local kids. They've taken to hanging out in a near by alley blocking the footpath for anyone who wants to get past and leaving they rubbish (including their drug taking kit). I tend not to be intimidated by such things and will walk through them if necessary. We're the youngest in the close, all our neighbours are retired, some of them are quite elderly and two in particular quite frail. San was chatting to one of the neighbours earlier today and suggested that it might pay to report it to the police, which fell on my shoulders and I duly did. They said they'd do a drive by later just to see if they were there, I didn't see them.
At about 9.30 tonight we heard something outside so out I went to be confronted by 4 youths wandering up the neighbours garden path (who are away) shouting various unrepeatable words and in something of a drunken state. San called the police, meanwhile I kept an eye on them as they carried on going up other people's drive and threatening to smash next doors fibre glass shed windows and rob our house.
Eventually the police turned up, by which time they's gone, told us not to challenge them should they return and went to find them, as apparently they were causing a disturbance elsewhere.
Working nights I'm now worried that they'll return when San's on her own or do something either to the house or cars when we're out.
What have we done????