Best Way to Resolve Disputes with Neighbors

Me and my family moved into what we assumed was a descent neighborhood almost 2-3 years ago now and made quick friends with our surrounding neighbors. Everything seemed like it was going good until one of our neighbors tipped us off that our next door neighbors were trying to cause trouble for us and that they did it to them when they used to lived next door to them too.


We've caught the neighbors, who like to cause problems, taking pictures of our yard and other neighbors have seen them throwing their beer cans and dog poop in our yard too. They've tried calling code enforcement on us so many times just for nothing to be found wrong in or with our home. We want to catch them in the act so we can get something done about it so all this nonsense can stop, but don't know how or what steps to take to do it. Any advice would be great honestly. Thanks.

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July 17, 20190 found this helpful

I would go to a lawyer and send them a letter saying that if they continue to harass you that you will press charges. That will stop them

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July 18, 20191 found this helpful

Install security cameras.

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July 19, 20190 found this helpful

I agree...sometimes ya have to fight fire with fire.

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July 19, 20190 found this helpful

Or at the very least, purchase some of those cheap "dummy" cameras and make sure they are visible for them to see. Maybe, this will scare them away.

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July 20, 20190 found this helpful

The best solution would be security cameras but if you have to install several this could get expensive.


The next best may be to install security lights and place them in several places so any motion will trip them. This may be enough to stop them from messing around your area.
Be sure to put out the word that cameras are in the security lights as many times 'rumors' can stop as much as the real thing.

The court's do not always look favorably on " neighbor disputes" where no damage has been done. Also, you will have to pay court costs and this can get expensive.

Perhaps you can talk with someone from your local church who would intercede and have a discussion with both families.

Have you filed a complaint with the police department?
That would be a start - even if it is minor - they will send someone out to talk to them.

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July 21, 20190 found this helpful

I may be different, but can you try "killing them with kindness"? Make a batch of cookies and take them over and say something like maybe we got off to a bad start. Can we start over?


We had this same situation in a two up/one over town house we rented many years ago. It worked for about a year and then they went crazy again.

Lucky for us, it was when our lease was up and we were able to find another place...but for a while we had peace. We can't fix crazy, but we can fix how we react to it.

Prayers that it gets better!!!

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