Kids on the block

Not much to do with Money saving as such but wanted a community to vent to.

My family are happy with where we live, nice house and good area. We live on a horseshoe estate and our side of the horseshoe is quiet. The other sees a bit more action. Nothing bad though.

It's a fairly new estate and parking is at a premium so one car is in the drive the other is parked on the street. All insured to do as such btw.

Like it said it seems quiet but ourselves and immediate neighbours have a couple of issues with some of the kids playing in the street. They seem to be around 10-12 year old and I think to belong to the other side of the horseshoe but play on our side. Not an issue as such but I am worried about them damaging the car.
They seem to use them as places to hide and scooter past. What would happen if they damage it? 

We like to keep out of trouble and don't like confrontation, but they kids seem bored and we're once playing a game where they through stones at cars going past. Luckily their aim was dreadful...besides the point.

They also have a habit of running and scooting out in front of cars and have had a few near misses.

Their parents don't seem to care sadly and my wife has even heard one of their parents screaming at them to not play near their own and house and go and play around there. (Meaning our side)

Like i mentioned we don't and have not confronted them or their parents, I believe some some the neighbours have though. But yesterday I was alarmed to come home to find the remains of water bombs in our front garden. Turns out one of these kids had pelted our front door with them.

Now I have a young baby at home and my wife has recently returned to nightshifts so you can imagine, whilst this doesn't cause damage. Certainly causes concern. My wife had enough by this point and attempted to confront this child who just ignored her and walked off.

Sorry for the vent/rant. Aside from the earlier question is there anything that can be done here?

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  • DCFC79
    DCFC79 Posts: 40,598 Forumite
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    Get a camera setup so you can record any incidents with the car or any other waterbombs.

    You can speak to the neighbours, go with tea and cake.
  • Can't put a camera up facing out into the street and wouldn't be comfortable speaking to these 'parents' when they blatantly and loading tell their kids to f off
  • tempus_fugit
    tempus_fugit Posts: 1,189 Forumite
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    Can't put a camera up facing out into the street and wouldn't be comfortable speaking to these 'parents' when they blatantly and loading tell their kids to f off
    Why not?.....
    Retired at age 56 after having "light bulb moment" due to reading MSE and its forums. Have been converted to the "budget to zero" concept and use YNAB for all monthly budgeting and long term goals.
  • Laz123
    Laz123 Posts: 1,742 Forumite
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    It's a shame when moron parents are neighbours. The above advice is sound.
    I don't want to frighten you but Halloween is fast approaching. We were out on one and our house got pelted with eggs. And that's hard to clear off.

  • sheramber
    sheramber Posts: 18,992 Forumite
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    Confusedman123 said:  these 'parents' when they blatantly and loading tell their kids to f off
    You could try the same tactic.
  • Brie
    Brie Posts: 9,816 Forumite
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    We used to have a neighbour who was very precious about his car (no off road parking) and would run screaming out into the street if kids started to kick a football about near it.  This just got their attention and they seemed to think it made a good target for anything.  So confronting them is not necessarily a good idea in my opinion.

    We had greater success by paying them a couple of quid to wash our car.  If you make it clear that you will be happy to hire them occasionally for small chores along with asking them nicely to watch out for anyone damaging your car it might help. 

    And don't forget in a year or three they will be off chasing after girls/boys/learning to drive and then they won't be the same kind of problem.
    "Never retract, never explain, never apologise; get things done and let them howl.”
  • Can't put a camera up facing out into the street and wouldn't be comfortable speaking to these 'parents' when they blatantly and loading tell their kids to f off
    Why not?.....
    That would mean pointing it at someone's house
  • tempus_fugit
    tempus_fugit Posts: 1,189 Forumite
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    Can't put a camera up facing out into the street and wouldn't be comfortable speaking to these 'parents' when they blatantly and loading tell their kids to f off
    Why not?.....
    That would mean pointing it at someone's house
    Is that a major issue? As long as you can't see inside the house it should be OK, shouldn't it? Lots of people have cameras on their houses and you can see other houses in the footage. And if it was a problem couldn't it be angled so as to not point at anyone's houses? Maybe not in your case but I would have thought it was possible in most cases.
    Retired at age 56 after having "light bulb moment" due to reading MSE and its forums. Have been converted to the "budget to zero" concept and use YNAB for all monthly budgeting and long term goals.
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