There are so many bad cop stories going around, although I've been keeping this story to myself a lot, I'm going to share it because I think a good cop story is over due, although that was a pretty awesome photo I saw of the Vancouver police doing meditation together at the beginning of their shifts.
I have had the misfortune of once again attracting criminal harassment to myself from a neighbour. As this has been a repeated scenario in my life I am continually building my boundaries higher by taking action to face the bs head on and hopefully stop it in it's tracks.
A neighbour a couple of doors down who I initially was politely aquatinted with, as I am with all the neighbours, decided that him and I are meant to be together and proceeded to act out towards me with expressions of passion, jealousy, objectification and sheer crazy making, by leaving me love notes and other tokens of affection, spreading lies about me around the neighbourhood about my personal life, taking articles of clothing that I had left around the property, coming into our yard yelling at me at wee morning hours to threaten me with his dog, and destroying my property when I'm not here. As he is disabled I have not felt overly threatened, albeit it has been unnerving and annoying to deal with at the very least.
I initially gave him one chance by talking to his wife and returning the items he had left for me. That seemed to keep him at bay for a number of months, but at the first sign that the hullabaloo was starting up again, I called the Oliver police department and reported him for harassment. As I have had some experience with the police in the past I expected them to make one visit or phone call and then be done with it. Over the past two months the constable who is on my case has called me to check in a number of times to stay up to date with anything else that may have happened. He has been by our house two times to talk to me and make sure that I'm alright and to get a feel for the neighbourhood, and has spent a number of afternoons sitting outside my neighbours house watching.
This officer has gone above and beyond his call of duty and it has really helped me to feel a lot more at ease with the situation, and safer in my home, which ought to be a basic human right for everybody. The neighbour has definitely made himself a lot more scarce, and with my most awesome roomate/landlord and friend building a privacy fence around our yard and a portion of the horse pasture, I think I may almost be able to get past worrying a thing about it at all.
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