Recruit as many of your neighbors as possible to help gather information. There is power in numbers and you will find a lot of emotional support as you work together. We started with an informal coffee hour at the park and then moved to meetings in living rooms. We dropped off a small postcard inviting people to meetings at as many houses as we could easily reach in an afternoon. When we had too many people to fit in a living room, we moved to the local school auditorium. The principal donated the space to us at no charge. Unfortunately, this can happen in any neighborhood at any time. Do tell your wife and family. The more they know the safer they will be. Find out if your city has a neighborhood involvement office. This organization provides information above and beyond what police tell you. I am absolutely amazed at what neighbors can accomplish when they work together.
It took our neighborhood a little over 2 years to solve a similar problem. We received death threats, bizarre law suits (each dismissed with prejudice by a judge so the person bringing the suit had to pay our legal fees), and press coverage. I sent out press releases inviting reporters to come to our meetings. The press coverage actually helped a lot. People donated money and legal counsel to help.
We have not had another problem like that in six years, I think the dramatic press coverage made it obvious that our neighborhood is very active at solving problems.
As to the stress making your illness worse, I still have not found a solution to that other than getting rid of the problem. I apologize for my post being so long. I believe in what you are doing and wish you great success. You are not alone.
Post Edited (Subzeromambo) : 7/28/2010 10:24:08 AM (GMT-6)