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post #1 of 28
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We live in a 3 story apartment and the people below us verbally fight every night. I think they are physically abusing each other. We have made several complaints about the noises to management. Would you call the cops? I am afraid of accusing people of violence but again I am scared one day they will use a gun. What are your thoughts?
post #2 of 28
I would call the cops. It couldn't hurt. Hopefully they would take it as a warning and calm down. And if the cops have to come out there again they would have a prior complaint on record.
post #3 of 28
i would. for sure. the cops could look into it at least.
post #4 of 28
I would call the cops and just have them check out what's going on and hopefully they will calm down.
post #5 of 28
I'd call the cops but don't give your name. They could retailate against you. I know people in those situations that have had problems after calling the police.
post #6 of 28
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I'd call the cops but don't give your name. They could retailate against you. I know people in those situations that have had problems after calling the police.
I agree. Ask to remain anonymous with the cops. I mean really, it could come from any person in the building, right? You don't want a drunken husband coming up to you and going baulistic.
post #7 of 28
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I'd call the cops but don't give your name. They could retailate against you. I know people in those situations that have had problems after calling the police.
I agree also.

The last apartment we lived in had a couple that was verbally abusive to each other. So B would call on them (I was rarely home due to the job I had).

The downside is that nothing can be done unless one of the two victims presses charges.
post #8 of 28
I'd call the police in a heartbeat, but anonymously, as others have suggested.
post #9 of 28
My bfs old apartment the upstairs pep's would fight ALLL the time. The ceiling would actually shake with them throwing each other on the floor or throwing things. The night teh cops were called was the night they heard NO STOP IT!! That's when my bf and his roommate finally decided to call the cops. This stuff would go on till 3am or even later.

But I would call the cops and don't give your name. It's always better to be safe than sorry.
post #10 of 28
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I'd call the cops but don't give your name. They could retailate against you. I know people in those situations that have had problems after calling the police.
I defiantely agree on that. I would call tho, never can be too safe.
post #11 of 28
Unless you know 100% that it is an absolute emergency in which a life is in danger, please do not call 911. The lines often stay tied up with calls like that and other ones that are not necessarily dire emergencies and can prevent people per say (gunshot wounds, heart attacks things of that nature) from getting through in a timely manner. I say this because Colin is a cop. I asked him what he thought about that and he said that if it is concerning you - please call the non-emergency police number They will go out to the residence and file a report/take information and check on the situation just as they would with a 911 call- the only difference is you will be calling a different number so it will not tie up the 911 line That way you get the problem with your neighbors addressed in a timely fashion and the people who desperately need to get through on a 911 call can also
post #12 of 28
I agree with everyone else call but don't give out your personal info and tell them in a way that they can't tell who did it either. Meaning don't tell them you are a floor above or anything if anything tell them the people a building over if the buildings are close enough. Just becareful is all. You don't know what goes through people's minds nowadays. The world is full of crazy people which is sad to say.
post #13 of 28
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Unless you know 100% that it is an absolute emergency in which a life is in danger, please do not call 911. The lines often stay tied up with calls like that and other ones that are not necessarily dire emergencies and can prevent people per say (gunshot wounds, heart attacks things of that nature) from getting through in a timely manner. I say this because Colin is a cop. I asked him what he thought about that and he said that if it is concerning you - please call the non-emergency police number They will go out to the residence and file a report/take information and check on the situation just as they would with a 911 call- the only difference is you will be calling a different number so it will not tie up the 911 line That way you get the problem with your neighbors addressed in a timely fashion and the people who desperately need to get through on a 911 call can also
Thanks. So do you think I should call my district?
It's a tough call b/c she is hitting him and I don't know if he would admit to anything. The other thing is he isn't on the lease. She lied yesterday when we complained to the office. She claimed to be on the phone with her mom and that she was alone. December 23rd her family & friends and an intervention. It started at 10pm and I gave up listening at 2:30. They were telling her not to put up with the violence esp with children. I am not 100% sure but I think I hear a boy on the weekends. I wish they would get kicked out.
post #14 of 28
If this is nothing else, it is disturbing the peace. You are entitled to peace. Do call the cops. If you have reason to believe that someone is in immediate danger, that's what 911 is for -- but if you don't know that, use the regular police number and leave 911 for the emergencies.
post #15 of 28
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Thanks. So do you think I should call my district?
It's a tough call b/c she is hitting him and I don't know if he would admit to anything. The other thing is he isn't on the lease. She lied yesterday when we complained to the office. She claimed to be on the phone with her mom and that she was alone. December 23rd her family & friends and an intervention. It started at 10pm and I gave up listening at 2:30. They were telling her not to put up with the violence esp with children. I am not 100% sure but I think I hear a boy on the weekends. I wish they would get kicked out.
I wasn't sure so i asked Colin- he said absolutely go ahead and call them. notify your management office that this is going on after you call the non-emergency police line and they come out and investigate- you can have them write a report- and then have them deliver that to the management office to notify them of the teneants behavior. Definitely call the non-emergency number tonight and have the issue addressed. They should come out promptly and respond I'm sorry you're having a hard time with your neighbors I definitely can relate- back in my neighborhood it got soo bad we were calling the police every weekend (non-emergency number most of the time) there have been murders, violence, you name it- that's why i'm moving in with Colin out here- it's safer. I am praying for you and your safety as well as that family. Violence is a cry for help. I hope the police are able to sort things through and give this family a talking to.You should not have to put up with that on a regular basis
post #16 of 28
unless any one gets seriously hurt or someone wants to press charges its a waste of time calling the police. belive me i know from experince. i grew up with a drunk for a father and a vilent and abusive one at that. well everynight he would come home starting , windows would be smashed stuff in the house would be smashed , mum would be called all the names under the sun , he used to beat her up , then it turned into her beating him up before he had a chance to do it to her once he started. yes police was called out and nothing was done. or when they did take him away he was back the next day.
if there is a child involved i would call social services. no child should have to go through something like that night after night . no one ever seems to think of the childs saftey or how it effects them later on in life. i still have nightmares now. my sister has some how blocked her whole childhood so she dosnt remember a thing. and my other sister lashs out at everyone and her self. my dad has been sober since year 2000. but the damage has been done. i dont think a child should be brought up in that enviroment. and i would do anything to have happy memorys of my child hood . all i can do is make sure my children have a great one.
post #17 of 28
Yep, I would get in touch with the cops, and at least ask them to come out and talk to the people.

I hope everything works out ok for you.
post #18 of 28
The police do not reveal who called them. They will merely say that they got a report of noise.

In AZ, on a domestic violence call, the victim does not have to press charges. When the police are called, SOMEONE is going to jail, right then and there.

Tucson has an ordinance, regarding "nuisance properties". If they seem to be getting a lot of calls, to a particular building, they issue a citation to the property owners and the fines are pretty steep. Most property owners and/or management companies will evict troublesome tenants, rather than pay the fines.

By all means, call the police, as the property managers don't seem to want to do anything.
post #19 of 28
You should absolutely call, you may be preventing serious injury to the woman. You should remain anonymous as well. I had a situation like this and I called the cops everytime. It will put a stop to it, or they will move out.
post #20 of 28
I would absolutely call the cops.

I was in an abusive relationship once, and the loser would beat me in public in broad daylight with me screaming for help - and no one EVER called the police.

Just for that reason, I'd be on the phone to the police station if I heard things escalating.

Beyond that, you are entitled to live in a quiet environment, and if your landlord won't do anything, the cops darn well should!
post #21 of 28
I would, and have called the cops on my neighbors for this very thing.
When they are just being loud, I go over and ask them to tone things down, they are nice kids, and don't often realise they are disturbing people.
But when they are fighting, I listen for cues, raised voices and slamming doors is the norm (they are a young couple 23-ish, newlyweds).
I expect some fights and yelling.
But when things don't settle down or get worse after a few minutes, I do indeed call the cops.
post #22 of 28
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Originally Posted by StarryEyedTiGeR View Post
Unless you know 100% that it is an absolute emergency in which a life is in danger, please do not call 911. The lines often stay tied up with calls like that and other ones that are not necessarily dire emergencies and can prevent people per say (gunshot wounds, heart attacks things of that nature) from getting through in a timely manner. I say this because Colin is a cop. I asked him what he thought about that and he said that if it is concerning you - please call the non-emergency police number They will go out to the residence and file a report/take information and check on the situation just as they would with a 911 call- the only difference is you will be calling a different number so it will not tie up the 911 line That way you get the problem with your neighbors addressed in a timely fashion and the people who desperately need to get through on a 911 call can also
Nikki, and that makes the most sense, but I've had problems here in the city, where say a homeless man, who is crazy will come into our building and start rambling on about nothing.... now, I am alone in the lobby, we have no security during the daytime....I have called the police station, to ask them to have an officer come out, and remove the homeless man from our building....and the officer who answered the phone at the station said I had to call 911. I couldn't believe it, I thought 911 was reserved for needing an ambulance, or an emergency. But in Philly, they will not dispatch an officer without a call into the 911 call center. Crazy huh?
post #23 of 28
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Nikki, and that makes the most sense, but I've had problems here in the city, where say a homeless man, who is crazy will come into our building and start rambling on about nothing.... now, I am alone in the lobby, we have no security during the daytime....I have called the police station, to ask them to have an officer come out, and remove the homeless man from our building....and the officer who answered the phone at the station said I had to call 911. I couldn't believe it, I thought 911 was reserved for needing an ambulance, or an emergency. But in Philly, they will not dispatch an officer without a call into the 911 call center. Crazy huh?
OMG this drives me insane. When I was working at the bank a few days after a robbery an unmarked car was sitting in our lot. The FBI and our district cops told us to call the district if we see anything odd like this. So I did and the idiot told me to call 911. I just don't get Philly stations.
post #24 of 28
absolutely call the police. that's what they are for. we called on our neighbors in our last apartment for similar reasons. i knew our neighbor was disabled and we could hear her boyfriend abusing her, then he locked her out. so we called the police. they had another fight like that about a week later, so we called again. i think they got the hint after that, because we didn't have too many problems like that again.

editted to add: i knew she was ok after all that--she always sat outside her door in a chair and talked to us when we were leaving or coming home. i think she broke up with him and that was when the fights stopped but i'm not sure.
post #25 of 28
I would definately call the police. Any type of verbal "fight" can escalate into somthing. At least if the cops show up at their door they will know it is now being taken seriously. It's nuts that you should have to put up with these people going ape on one another you have to live in that building too.
post #26 of 28
This is one of the reasons I do not live in an apt. anymore. No matter if I lived on the first floor or second, I could always hear what was going on. Since this has been going on for awhile, I would call the cops, make sure they keep your name out of it.
post #27 of 28
Thread Starter 
She might be evicted before I get the police involved. She received her 2nd warning yesterday. She totally denied it all.
post #28 of 28
yes call the cops
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