I live on a new build estate. It was finished about 2 years ago and I'ved live here nearly 4 years. It is a long street but acess only at one end.
There is a park and open space over the road from me.
The estate is open plan and we pay HA for the upkeep of our garden which is 'our' communal garden but can be easily accessed through the car parks. There is no signage or fencing and we have badgered HA for years about this.
There have been bouts of issues, children playing in our part (which is behind our flats so accessed deliberatly not on way to somewhere else. Children coming in and banging on downstairs window of neighbour. The other day swearing so loudly I could hear it from above.
So today I'm in my flat (1st floor and top flat) and hear the entrance doors banging repeatedly. Eventually wondering what it is I go downstairs and discover the children have used trade button and put door on catch and are running through. They saw me and ran off climbing over park fence.
5 minutes later see them in park throwing stones at houses and onto railway.
I called the police and as I'm on the phone they come through flat communal area again and policeman on phone could hear the banging.
So PCSO came out, spoke to all 4 boys and has said 1 more incident and she takes them to parents and tells them to ground them. If they don't they be given anti social behaviour orders.
They are literally now on last chance saloon.
TBH a small part of me feels sorry for these children as they are out from 10am -10pm all weekend and think they're bored.
I don't think so. As kids we were outside for long periods during the summer, and would never have done stuff like that. Yes, we'd be a bit daring... but we;d be petrified of being caught doing stuff like that.
I think a fear of your parents has gone by the wayside for some kids.
I did say to the PCSO I wish it was back like it use to be. Then I'd have just taken them to their parents safe in the knowledge they'd be dealt with.
It's a shame that children nowadays do deliberatly bad things knowing they're bad but still think its OK.
They were made to come and apologise but I could see one of the boys just couldn't care less and literally said sorry and turned away. Or he may have been worried as he knows I mean business. 2 years ago he deliberatly jumped in front of my car and pulled a face (luckily I drive slowly in the estate) and I took him to his 6"odd day whos built like a brickhouse and said exactly what I thought. His poor dad stood there in his dressing gown.
So my idea of trying to get them to play games isn't such a daft one then.
Main reason I called was couldn't relax and play with DS as we were disturbed constantly and the other day when same children were banging on my neighbours (down stairs) patio and swearing she said if they come around the back into our garden again and cause harassment she would call the police. I don't think empty threats help these children as they then start to think they're untouchable.
Thing is we have asked for signs and or fencing as its a civil not criminal matter if they come through our garden. And guess whos ground maintenence goes up as garden gets ruined.