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How to Resolve Conflicts With Your Neighbors

The Newark Police Department shares tips for maintaining friendly relationships with your neighbors.

From the Newark Police Department:

Police are often called to resolve neighborhood disputes simply because neighbors—who do not know each other—have a disagreement. By getting to know your neighbor, many of the root causes of neighborhood disputes can be avoided. Here are some simple suggestions to help you resolve neighborhood disputes.

Neighborhood Conflict Resolution Guide

  • Introduce yourself to your neighbors even before a conflict begins. You can help prevent unnecessary conflicts just by taking the time to introduce yourself and say, “Hi, Neighbor!”
  • Sometimes individuals are not aware that their actions are offensive others. One of the best solutions is to talk to the offending person or persons. A simple and courteous conversation can often solve many issues.
  • If you do not wish to contact the offending individual in person, consider sending them a polite letter asking them to help you with the issue.
  • If applicable, consider contacting others in the neighborhood that might be able to help you with the issue. Examples include an apartment manager, landlord, or homeowner’s association.
  • Perhaps you’re not the only person dealing with the same problem. Meet with other neighbors to deal with the problem as a team or group and to look for a solution together.
  • The City of Newark might be able to assist you with certain issues from the various City of Newark departments such as the Police Department, or Code Enforcement. Please visit www.newark.org for more information.
  • The Newark Police Department also has a Community Engagement Division that could assist you with starting a Neighborhood Watch group. Please contact Special Assistant Tim Jones at (510) 578-4209 or via email at tim.jones@newark.org.

Anyone with information about crimes or suspicious activity in Newark is asked to call Newark Police Department's non-emergency line at 510-578-4237 or can call the Silent Witness Hotline at 510-578-4000, extension 500.

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Sandra E January 30, 2013 at 05:32 PM
All of these tips are good, but what are we supposed to do if your neighbors park their car blocking they're driveway but at the same time blocking yours? Also, what are you supposed to do if they do stuff like park their car (literally) on the sidewalk? Then you try to bring it to their attention to please not block your driveway and they get all aggressive about it. NPD needs to drive around residents more often, I can't even remember the last time I seem a police officer drive by my neighborhood.
Nick January 30, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Call the police.
James Nelson January 30, 2013 at 07:53 PM
I remember when I first moved into my current Hood and this Lady confronted and accused me of being a "Drug Dealer" because I looked the type with my Leather Jacket. I called her a Bitch, she called 911. Five Cops showed up, Mr Nelson why did you call her a Bitch? I replied "Because she is one!" Ultimately I was allowed to go once they ran my name and found I was Clean. Over the years, I've butted heads with my various Neighbors, one even threatened me with his Shotgun. Whenever somebody warns me that their going to "Call the Cops" on me, I tell them to go ahead! I even provide the Non Emergency number for NPD. Sometimes I even offer Direct Numbers to specific Officers I know who are on Duty.LOL! All you have to do is talk to me like a Human, don't Accuse me, make Assumptions or Threaten me but actually SPEAK to me and we can work something out. When you start trying to throw your weight around that's when I'll be more of an Annoyance / Smart Ass than an actual Helpful Individual. I've lived in my current Hood for about 7 years now and most of my Long time Neighbors ignore me cause they know calling the Police doesn't do anything but piss me off, lol.Although every so often I get a new Neighbor who oversteps their bounds and has to get a Lecture from NPD about wasting their time. Point is, Act like an Idiot and I will treat you like one! Simple.

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