Neighbours are a weird sort of people. NEVER try to obtain an information from them. Neighbours are people, who smile to you but gossip behind your back. At least some. Neighbours don't call police when they hear screams of pain but are willing to tell journalists everything about the last quarrel which ended by serious injury or death. Or what's maybe even worse, complain to the victim that they couldn't sleep because of the screaming.
When writing my thesis, I had to criticize one of our TV stations for using neighbours as a reliable source of information. Never trust Nova TV. It's a bunch of lies. When I analysed their news from the case I wrote about, I realised that less than a half of their informations was true. Because about a half of their information was obtained from neighbours. They said so in the first report, but in the second they said that police told them so. Luckily I had the press release from the police so I could verify that Nova lied, probably it was a purpose to make things more dramatic. Yeah, and they have the highest number of watchers of all Czech news broadcasts... it's a sad state of our TV culture.
If somebody is so stupid to listen to them (both neighbours and TV Nova), then he deserves to be lied to.