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    • gettingready
    • By gettingready 16th Mar 17, 4:08 PM
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    Police ringing my doorbell when visiting my neighbour
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    • 16th Mar 17, 4:08 PM
    Police ringing my doorbell when visiting my neighbour 16th Mar 17 at 4:08 PM
    A strange one I know but maybe someone can advise?

    I live on a ground floor in a house conversion, there are 2 flats above me.

    Police has been coming to one of the neighbours every day since Sunday and they keep on ringing my bell and then barging past me saying they have to go upstairs.

    Person they want to see is deaf/hard of hearing BUT has own specially adapted doorbell outside communal door so I see no reason at all for the Police to keep on calling mine.

    This is nothing criminal so no worry here as such but I am fed up with being disturbed as this is a situation that is likely to go on for ages (complicated, ongoing issue).

    Today again my doorbell rang, my dog went psycho (which I hate), I went out into communal hallway to the front door and again the Police and again I am telling them they are ringing wrong doorbell but they just barge past me and go upstairs.

    I am on ground floor but can not see from the window who is it ringing the doorbell so can not ignore it really.

    How can I make them stop ringing my doorbell when the issue upstairs is nothing to do with me.

    Any idea?
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 16th Mar 17, 4:14 PM
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    Have you rung the station to complain about being disturbed?
    I would do that & explain there is a way of contacting the person they want to see without the need to ring your doorbell.
    • Manxman in exile
    • By Manxman in exile 16th Mar 17, 4:23 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 4:23 PM
    Have you rung the station to complain about being disturbed?
    I would do that & explain there is a way of contacting the person they want to see without the need to ring your doorbell.
    Originally posted by Pollycat

    Sounds like the answer.


    Are the three different doorbells clearly marked, or is it just that the upstairs tenant can't hear their bell or is "ignoring" it?
    • Abbafan1972
    • By Abbafan1972 16th Mar 17, 4:27 PM
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    I thought flats usually had intercoms?
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    • Inner Zone
    • By Inner Zone 16th Mar 17, 4:34 PM
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    I thought flats usually had intercoms?
    Originally posted by Abbafan1972
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    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 16th Mar 17, 4:34 PM
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    I thought flats usually had intercoms?
    Originally posted by Abbafan1972
    Some do. Some don't. Same as pretty much everything.
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    • AylesburyDuck
    • By AylesburyDuck 16th Mar 17, 5:19 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 5:19 PM
    If its a door that you can see through to see its the police, dont open the door, ask them to kindly ring the correct bell as you wont be letting them in from now on.
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    • Tigsteroonie
    • By Tigsteroonie 16th Mar 17, 5:30 PM
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    • 16th Mar 17, 5:30 PM
    If they are coming at a regular day/time, could you disable your own doorbell at that time for a couple of hours?
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    • iammumtoone
    • By iammumtoone 16th Mar 17, 5:47 PM
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    Is it at the same time every day? maybe you could start taking the dog for a walk at that time? a week of you not answering they will soon get the message.

    Do you know if the neighbour upstairs is happy to have them visit. Perhaps they do ring the right bell but never get an answer so try yours so they can get into the building.
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    • unforeseen
    • By unforeseen 16th Mar 17, 5:54 PM
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    Get an extra key cut for the communal door and give it to them
    • hollydays
    • By hollydays 16th Mar 17, 5:57 PM
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    How urgent is it why they need to get in so quickly?
    Last edited by hollydays; 16-03-2017 at 6:07 PM.
    • gettingready
    • By gettingready 16th Mar 17, 11:11 PM
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    Thanks everyone - it is absolutely not urgent at all, this is an ongoing family issue (not criminal).

    My bell and the bell of person they want are clearly marked. Neighbour upstairs is normally expecting them/waiting for them to turn up but it takes maybe a minute to get down from second floor and they wait maybe 5 sec and ring my doorbell.

    There was 5 of them today, the Police that is.

    I do not suppose it will go on forever but rather gets sorted at some point, stop and then start again as it does.

    Guess I need to find out which station are they coming from and put a complaint in if this continues.

    I do not want to be involved in any of this and I do not want to be disturbed - I am not a receptionist for the flats here.

    Thanks for replies
    • DoaM
    • By DoaM 17th Mar 17, 8:50 AM
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    Door bell rings.
    You walk to the hallway to see who it is.
    You can tell it is the police again, so you walk back to your flat.
    Police wait for intended person to actually come down and open the door.

    Do that often enough and the police will stop ringing your bell. Problem solved?
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    • firefox1956
    • By firefox1956 17th Mar 17, 8:54 AM
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    Have you rung the station to complain about being disturbed?
    I would do that & explain there is a way of contacting the person they want to see without the need to ring your doorbell.
    Originally posted by Pollycat
    Ring the 'station' ????
    You are having a laugh...........
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    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 17th Mar 17, 9:08 AM
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    Thanks everyone - it is absolutely not urgent at all, this is an ongoing family issue (not criminal).
    Originally posted by gettingready
    If it's not criminal then I would be complaining about the waste of police resources sending 5 officers at a time.
    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 17th Mar 17, 9:09 AM
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    Get an extra key cut for the communal door and give it to them
    Originally posted by unforeseen
    Why should the OP go to that trouble and expense (OK, I know it's not a massive amount) for something that is nothing at all to do with them?

    Ring the 'station' ????
    You are having a laugh...........
    Dixon of Dock Green days are long gone.
    Originally posted by firefox1956
    No, I'm not having a laugh.
    We have - in our village - a local police station.
    If we didn't, I'd ring 101.

    When should I use 101?

    You should call 101 to report crime and other concerns that do not require an emergency response. For example, if:
    • Your car has been stolen
    • Your property has been damaged
    • You suspect drug use or dealing in your neighbourhood
    Or to:
    • Give the police information about crime in your area
    • Speak to the police about a general enquiry
    You should always call 999 when it is an emergency, such as when a crime is in progress, someone suspected of a crime is nearby, when there is danger to life or when violence is being used or threatened.
    https://www.police.uk/contact/101/

    On that link, there is a 'find your neighbourhood'.
    If the OP puts in his/her postcode, it should give an email address.

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    • Lord Baltimore
    • By Lord Baltimore 18th Mar 17, 12:38 AM
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    I would have no problem assisting the police or helping a hard of hearing neighbour. It seems the community-spirited thing to do. Also, I wouldn't want to risk that someone could be in distress and couldn't get help because I get irked when my doorbell rings.

    Am I just too nice for my own good?
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    • Pollycat
    • By Pollycat 18th Mar 17, 8:21 AM
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    I would have no problem assisting the police or helping a hard of hearing neighbour. It seems the community-spirited thing to do. Also, I wouldn't want to risk that someone could be in distress and couldn't get help because I get irked when my doorbell rings.

    Am I just too nice for my own good?
    Originally posted by Lord Baltimore
    If the police used the correct bell why would that mean a risk of distress to the hard-of-hearing person?
    Of course, they're getting help - 5 police officers are coming through the door.

    It's not about assisting the police or helping a hard of hearing neighbour or even being nice.
    The police have a perfectly good way of getting access to this person without disturbing the OP - they're just not using it.
    • Mr.Generous
    • By Mr.Generous 18th Mar 17, 9:10 AM
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    Too full of their own self importance to wait. If its not a criminal matter then why on earth so many officers? Must be the chief super's uncle or something. Ignore your bell unless your expecting someone and your bound to miss a parcel delivery!
    • waamo
    • By waamo 18th Mar 17, 9:12 AM
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    My bell and the bell of person they want are clearly marked. Neighbour upstairs is normally expecting them/waiting for them to turn up but it takes maybe a minute to get down from second floor and they wait maybe 5 sec and ring my doorbell
    Originally posted by gettingready
    They ring yours because the neighbour is slow and you are lightning fast?

    Why not just wait a minute before you answer? You can listen out for the police or the neighbour going past and if you hear nothing you can assume it really is for you.

    If you are expecting a parcel you can be quicker on that day but it's not everyday people have deliveries.
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