Suspicious Activity? Call the Cops

June 22, 2009 at 2:13 pm Leave a comment

Have you ever felt uncomfortable with a person hanging out on your street corner, with apparently nothing to do? Have you ever felt nervous when you see the same car drive up and down your street multiple times? The best thing to do, according to Sgt. Bob Berry: call the police.

Berry is a columnist for the Courier of Montgomery County Texas, and he offers some sound advice and a sobering perspective on reporting crime. In his most recent column, Berry states that in most cases where a burglary was committed or someone was hurt, neighbors heard sounds, or saw suspicious activity beforehand and failed to report it. Sometimes they said they didn’t want to get involved and sometimes they just thought it was none of their business.

But keeping our neighborhoods safe is everyone’s business. If these neighbors had called the police at the moment they felt uncomfortable, then some of these crimes may have been stopped.

Berry also offers some good guidelines on whether or not to call the police. For example ask yourself these questions:
Is my life in danger?
Is someone else’s life in danger?
Is my property in danger?
Is this something that needs to be looked at but is not an emergency?
If you answer “yes” to any of the first three questions, call 911. If you answer “yes” to the fourth, alert your local law enforcement through a non-emergency number.


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