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If you have a problem with a neighbor, a serious one, should you talk to them first or go to the police?

I was outside with my 9 month of DD and the neighbors kid, was shooting a high power air pistol randomly and shooting it at our property. I do not know the neighbors and the kid saw me and went and hid and still continued to shoot. I decided to call the police, not as a 911, but to have someone come by and talk to them. I am now wondering if I should have gone over and talked to them, but I don't know them. Plus there is a fence between us and I have no access but to drive over there. Did I do the right thing?


Asked by Aeternam at 6:02 PM on May. 9, 2011 in Health

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Answers (12)
  • i agree with most of the people, the fact that he saw you and then hid and continued was a big red flag and should have been dealt with exactly the way you did. when their is a dangerous weapon of any sort involved and children around the best thing is to alert the police.

    Answer by amberpaiz at 6:10 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Your child was in danger. You made the right choice.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:03 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • There are some circumstances when going over and talk to them is right and there are some instances when police involvement is necessary. A kid with a GUN requires police involvement.

    Answer by layh41407 at 6:06 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Calling the police was the right thing to do.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 6:04 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • Don't second guess yourself, it's not worth it. You made a perfectly fine call.

    Answer by SWasson at 6:05 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • You did the right thing, mama. If you don't know them well, how do you know that the whole family isn't violent?

    I am a fan of law enforcement, and I would have definately called, as well.

    Answer by ImaginationMama at 6:08 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I think you did the right think. They should have known better that let there kids do that. Talking to them is probably not gonna do much. Either way I hope the problem is solved now. They peopably have more respect for the police that a neighbor.

    Answer by LittleBirdFly at 6:05 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I think so. I wouldn't want to go over and get shot by that thing on accident. plus having someone talk to him that isn't a nagging parent or neighbor might have helped him learn to be more careful with it

    Answer by zoejains_momma at 6:05 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • You did exactly what I would have done.

    Answer by m-avi at 6:07 PM on May. 9, 2011

  • I'd have done the same thing

    Answer by Jenniy at 6:22 PM on May. 9, 2011