I just found out our new neighbors are stealing our power. What to do?
I am having another neighbor problem (this
I live in the upstairs apartment of a duplex in New Orleans. Up until a couple weeks ago the downstairs was empty, then some Latino workers moved in. I had noticed an orange power cord coming out from their back door but had assumed that they were borrowing from the house next door (the inhabitants of the duplex next to us are about a trillion Latino workers, as are the new guys below us). When I moved back here in January it took about two weeks to get the power turned on because the utility company was so behind, so it didn't seem that out of the ordinary.
I come home tonight and my roommate informs me that the guys downstairs are stealing our power. She shows me a pair of outlets outside with power cords plugged into them - one going in through the window and the other under the house and in the back door.
Our actual landlord is a bitch who thinks all students are whiny and ungrateful, so she's probably no use. There is a sort-of property manager and a maintenance guy, neither of whom consider our property a priority (took them 3 months to put in the washer and dryer we were promised, and our dishwasher still leaks all over the floor!).
That said, what do you think is the best course of action?
- Do we even bother telling the landlord or property manager?
- Should we talk to the guys downstairs? (I speak Spanish, but if the next door neighbors are any indication of the new guys, they will smile and nod and continue to commit the offense.)
- Call the utility company?
- Call the police?
- Is there some way to lock the plug?