Okay...a longish mini-vent followed by a cry for help (or something similar).
DH and I own a house in a "not so great but getting better" neighborhood. There is a lot of drug related activity in the blocks surrounding our home but we've worked with neighbors to get street lights, and trash cans, and no loitering signs, and flowers in the curb area (and called the cops EVERY night for more than a year) and things are finally looking up, at least on "our" corner.
However, three days ago a family moved into the empty rental home next door to our house. Right off the bat they were really confrontational (told my DH to mind his own business when he tried to welcome them to the area, left empty plastic "punch" bottles on our front porch after they unloaded their truck, etc). Then yesterday one of the members of this family was riding a skateboard outside and threw his half empty bottle of "fruit" punch (you know the kind in the little clear plastic barrels? it's sometimes called "ghetto punch" though that's a really unpleasant term) into the alley between our homes (sort of a small yard we maintain with a small fence and wood chips...the flowers haven't come up yet). DH was on the porch and he went down to the alley, picked up the bottle and, when the kid came around again handed the bottle back to him and asked him to put it in the trash instead of throwing it in our yard. The kid was a bit rude, but took the bottle and threw it away inside their home.
That evening as we were heading out for a shopping trip we were stopped by a young gentleman who told us that "you got to stop being so territorial" and mentioned that things can happen to people when they don't stick together. Now, I recognized one of the older sons of the newly moved family as a regular dealer from a few streets over and I'm sort of worried that this other guy was perhaps passing along a message. We've had some serious crime on our block recently (two shootings, three stabbings, and a fair amount of petty theft) and so I'm probably more paranoid about this than I would be otherwise.
Then I got home from work tonight to find that someone had pulled up the fence along the alley and left several of those empty plastic bottles along the street...some crumpled in the alley, some on the front step of the new family. Basically just a litter bug mess.
Soooo....I know the general routine from a civic perspective. Pick up the litter, set the fence back up, email the council person for my ward about littering, call the cops and the rental agency if I see dealing going on in the house, etc. BUT what can I do about the implied threat to my family (it certainly wasn't enough to approach the police with!)? Any ideas about rituals/spells/herbal blends/wards/protection items that I can use to keep people of ill intent OFF my property? A way to keep my family safe and help maintain a healthy environment in my community?
Dh and I love this house and we've put so much energy (and time, effort, money, etc) into this home and this community...and now I feel helpless to protect/maintain what we've worked to create. How can someone be okay with littering in their own yard?
I'm just so tired, and stressed out, and have no idea what to do! Any ideas wise and crafty mamas?