“I was lucky. I have CCTV fitted so therefore I got the evidence.” Alistair, Norwich
Alistair was in a Housing Association bungalow and found himself being terrorised by the neighbours in his small cul-de-sac. The list of behaviour includes:
- Neighbours using a chrome bar to scare him
- Neighbour sitting on his front drive wall , at 9pm at night with a army style baton under his arm
- Neighbour frightening him on my driveway by hovering outside his window whilst he was watching TV
- Neighbour using his fists at ambulance crew and kids swearing at them.
- Smashed bottle across his driveway so he could not go out in wheelchair.
- Plants in garden chopped down.
- Cars at his bedroom windows day and night trying to scare him.
Unbelievably, in spite of Alistair being vulnerable because he has disabilities, the police did not take the matter seriously. Alistair explains what changed: “I was lucky, I have CCTV fitted so therefore I got the evidence. A lot of victims can log the anti-social behaviour down in books, but lack the evidence needed and may not be believed. I wasn’t believed until I got the funding myself and got the CCTV fitted.”
He had to move home because of the situation. He shares what a serious effect experiencing anti-social behaviour has had on his health, especially as a wheelchair user, living alone. “When I’m in my house I do not want to go out. When I’m out of my house, I don’t want to come back in. I’m scared. I’m even more frightened that the perpetrators will want revenge for me reporting them to the police. I now have a panic alarm fitted.”
If you are classed as vulnerable – for example, with certain mental health problems, with disability, learning difficulties or under 18, you should be getting priority treatment when reporting anti-social behaviour. This is precisely to prevent what happened to Fiona Pilkington in 2007. If you are not being heard and have reported it 3 times in the past 6 months – activate the Community Trigger and mention you are vulnerable. For more information on the benefits and pitfalls of CCTV see our information page within our ‘Tips for Getting Evidence’.