A WARRNAMBOOL woman feels like a prisoner in her own home.
Linda Bourke-Templeton, who lives in a block of flats, is sick of waking up at all hours of the night to the sound of her neighbour yelling loudly and – at times – throwing furniture.
She said she was initially delighted to find an affordable property, which was “close to everything”.
But within a month of moving in, her dream turned into a nightmare.
“I was in bed and I got woken by fire sirens.”
Ms Bourke-Templeton looked out her window to find a fire truck and two police cars responding to a disturbance in the block of flats.
After that, the loud disturbances, including the sound of breaking glass - at all times of the day and night -have become a regular occurrence.
“I’ve recorded him yelling and screaming. I feel unsafe,” she said.
Ms Bourke-Templeton has had many sleepless nights, fearing for her safety. On a number of occasions, her neighbour has paced up and down the driveway, yelling and screaming in a fit of anger.
“I’ve had to put in security lights, then the $2000 security doors and on the weekend I’ve had to install cameras,” she said.
Ms Bourke-Templeton also took out an intervention order against her neighbour.
She said other tenants in the block of flats would often come to her flat, afraid during the neighbour’s outbursts.
Ms Bourke-Templeton said the police had been forced to respond to incidents at the block of flats up to eight times in one week.
She has also heard her neighbour throwing furniture and has witnessed him throw a television through his lounge room window onto the shared driveway.
Ms Bourke-Templeton said she just wanted to feel safe in her own home.
She said she had reached out to politicans, the body corporate in charge of the block of flats, police, the city council and VCAT.
But her pleas for help have fallen on deaf ears.
“Everyone says there is nothing they can do,” Ms Bourke-Templeton said.
Recently, she had been in touch with the Environment Protection Authority, complaining about noise pollution.
Ms Bourke-Templeton said she had contemplated moving.
She said the neighbouring flats had been a revolving door for tenants, with many leaving because they feared for their safety.
“I’m getting frustrated and I can’t find out what my rights are,” Ms Bourke-Templeton said. She has video and audio evidence of many of the incidents.
“We just want peace,” Ms Bourke-Templeton said.