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What is the best course of action for someone who believes their belongings were stolen by their neighbours, but has no proof?
Had a party at my house this weekend just gone, long story short some invalids robbed some things from my bedroom, and it just so happens that i found my bank card (now deactivated) outside a house just up the road from me. I presume this is the house that took things from my bedroom as one of my neighbours has mentioned she thinks they took things from her a while ago also. Ive already knocked on their door multiple times but with no answer, what is the best course of action here? I feel like if i angrily confront them they wont hand my things back over to me, but if i ring the police they wont do anything, help?

Ginger Walsh

20th October 2021

Top Answer
Just because something stolen was found outside a person's house it is in no way sufficient evidence to accuse them of a serious dishonesty offence. In the absence of any *actual* evidence I would chalk this up to absolutely nothing more than a coincidence, oh and I'd also think carefully who I'd invite into my home for a party too.

Jerry Leach

11th February 2022



Only thing you can really do is contract the police as it is a criminal matter. It sounds like there isn’t much information on who the potential suspect is, unless they’ve acquired something that can be tracked. But again that is for the police to investigate.

Lloyd Manuel

11th February 2022


Nobody robbed you. This is, perhaps, burglary. Report the theft to the police. Claim under home insurance given the crime reference number. If you come in to any evidence, give that to the the police also. Finding your bank card near their property could simply be a coincidence and to breach their privacy the police need a lot more reasoning under PACE and a court requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Note that mental disability is a defence to strict liability crimes and if they are as you describe them then do not expect much in terms of court involvement. Consider who to invite into your home in the future if you are unable to maintain the safety of your possessions.

Margaret Becker

11th February 2022



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