Would you call the police if...

Would you call the police if...

jmex83 jmex83
You seen teenagers doing suspicious activity in your neighborhood? (drugs, or other illegal acts)
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Id call
35  (56%)
I would stay out of it
13  (21%)
Other-Explain
15  (24%)
Total votes: 63
Poll is closed
03/23/2012
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Depends on how old the kids were and what the activity was. I'm also not big on giving someone a record over anything that isn't super serious. Maybe robbing a house or something, then I'd call. Drugs I don't think should be illegal anyhow, so I'm certainly not gonna throw anyone in jail over it. I might go talk to them to make sure they're doing things safely and won't OD or anything.
03/23/2012
authorzero authorzero
It depends entirely on what they're doing. If someone is getting hurt, or they're burglarizing a house or something, than absolutely I'll call. If it's a victimless crime (drugs, for example), than absolutely not.
03/23/2012
Antipova Antipova
Walking down the street with their hoods up, definitely no.

Drugs, either I would just walk past quickly, or if they looked open to conversation, I might remind them that not everybody is open-minded so they might be better off going inside someplace.

Prying open somebody's window, and I know that it's not their own house they just got locked out of, then yes.

I would only call if I myself felt threatened, I guess, or if something was just beyond the benefit of a doubt illegal (like arson or something).
03/23/2012
CrystaCat CrystaCat
It depends.because.back.h ome these young kids caught a lumber company on fire and ruined everything, drugs that shit aint my busines so their parents can deal with that.
03/23/2012
married with children married with children
I would.
03/23/2012
Various Various
It really depends, but I tend to stay out of things unless a person is in immediate danger.
03/24/2012
Brandonn Brandonn
No. By the time the police respond for a non critical call they (the perps) are already out on parole.
03/24/2012
Secret Pleasure Secret Pleasure
I think it depends exactly what they are doing. Don't get me wrong drugs are bad but if tnhey are minding their own business and not hurting anyone I prob would leave them alone. Now if they are stirring up trouble I might call.
03/24/2012
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
Quote:
Originally posted by jmex83
You seen teenagers doing suspicious activity in your neighborhood? (drugs, or other illegal acts)
The police in our town prefer if we call so that they can look into it. They are super polite and don't jam you up just because they can. If the teens aren't doing anything then they will joke a bit with them, make sure everything is ok and then stop by to let whomever called know that it's fine...if something is going on then they deal with it.
I have lived in other towns where it would be better to just duck and pretend you didn't hear the gunfire because the cops are worse than the criminals...
03/24/2012
Trepier Trepier
Live in a small town where the majority of people know each other so usually if something happens the parents are alerted by other parents to take care of the problem. I would call the police if it was something serious and life threatening.
03/24/2012
GONE! GONE!
Drugs? No. Actual crime that hurts people and their property? Yeah I would report them.
03/24/2012
CindyH CindyH
would report
03/24/2012
jmex83 jmex83
well the reason why i ask is because a friend of ours had called on a few kids the other night. it was a drug deal going down in the driveway of this kids' house. the parents are out of town for the weekend....and the kids had suspicious activity at the house all day. finally, one kid seen her on the porch while she was having a smoke and yelled at her to "get back in the f*ing house". she has lived in bad neighborhoods before.....so this was something she felt she didn't want to put up with in this really nice area this time around.

drugs are far from a victimless crime, in my opinion-depending on how they are used and what drugs we're talking about. but for this guy to make her scared to stand outside to smoke? seriously? im thinkin' she made the right call this time around.

FYI these kids couldn't have been older than 15/16 yrs old. and there were quite a few of them in and out of that house that day.

not to mention, that sort of crap makes property values plunge (if the area becomes more active with it and known for that sort of activity I mean). Id be kinda pissed too lol.
03/24/2012
MrWishyWashy MrWishyWashy
I'd call.
03/25/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
It's often had to tell if people are "doing" drugs, unless you are right up in their faces. Weed looks just like cigarettes (and I wouldn't call the police if people were smoking weed or cigarettes outside anyway) and many other activities sometimes look like drug activity.

A few years ago, one of my neighbors was freaking out as some kids were gathered in a circle down the block all looking at something and exchanging these things from hand to hand. She had no information about what they were doing, but called the cops to report "drug activity." The cops came and the kids were looking at... Pokemom cards.

I do not like loud activities and loud parties after hours. (We have a "quiet after 10:00 PM on weekdays, 11:00 PM on weekends in our area) We also have some boys in our area who rev engines for what seems like hours every morning, very early. Every night, very late. I don't get engine revving. It's annoying, it wakes me up and.... it's stupid. Cars haven't needed to be "warmed up" since carburetors wen the way of the dinosaur. There is simply NO reason to run an engine for three quarters of an hour, while you sit in your driveway. I don't get it.

If someone were being assaulted, of course I would call. But, the cops in our area don't seem to want to get out of thier cars for much. They might drive around, but getting out of the patrol car? A lotta work, evidently. A few years ago, one of our neighbors was beating his wife or girlfriend. They had a big picture window, and I saw him swing at her and her go down from my front lawn. I heard the screaming, night after night. I did call the police several times, there were small children in that house and I was afraid for the woman. However, when the police did bother to get out of their cars (I'm not sure what driving by the house would do to help, but that's what they usually did.... ONCE per call) and go up to the door, the people would hide and the police would then tell us (as more than one person witnessed these beatings) "Nobody came to the door. There is nothing we can do." As soon as the cops left, the screaming and yelling and stuff would start all over again. One time the man did come to the door, tell the cops nothing was going on, and they talked to him for a few minutes, patted him on the back and left. Jeez, nice way to help out a battered woman.

They'll jump all over themselves if someone is going 2 miles over the speed limit, but damn, something like a woman getting the living hell beat out of her isn't worth their time.

This nightmare only ended for the neighborhood when the renters family moved out of the house. I sure hope she was able to finally leave and have a chance to be safe.
03/25/2012
MamaDivine MamaDivine
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
It's often had to tell if people are "doing" drugs, unless you are right up in their faces. Weed looks just like cigarettes (and I wouldn't call the police if people were smoking weed or cigarettes outside anyway) and many other ...
Hi P'gell! I spoke with our friend today, and we found out that this kid had just gotten out of juvenile detention hall. Hence why no one had seen him lately.

Apparently they busted him slashing tires and throwing things at oncoming traffic while they hid under other vehicles on that street. This was last year sometime? He also has a record with drugs.

My friend is pretty nosy, and she watches the houses pretty good....there are kids that live on that block (younger children) and so a lot of the parents keep a watchful eye out. I guess since this kid has come back, every time his folks leave for work or on the weekends.....that is when all the "activity" at the house occurring. Pretty shady if you ask me.

Honestly, I have children. I don't want them to come into contact with that sort of activity, and as a parent, it would be wrong of me not to report something like that. If they were doing their own thing in their house, ok fine. But, when they are DEALING in their driveway, and have no respect for their neighbors (this kid is 16...yelling at our friend to get the F*ck back inside and mind her business when she was smoking on HER Porch)....thats totally disrespectful.

I dunno, I guess as a parent, I tend to want my kids to not have to worry about some skeezy teenager trying to sell MY child drugs while they are playing in my own yard....its just disheartening to see how lax folks are when it comes to a neighborhood full of young children and a dealer right in the middle of their community.
03/26/2012
wildorchid wildorchid
The cops in my city care, if you're suspicious of something and you report it as such, then they'll go check it out. A lot depends on how you voice your concern. It is wrong to assume anything and it is wrong to jump to conclusions. Just report it as simply a concern with the right amount of urgency and leave it at that. If it continues, then keep calling.
03/26/2012
voenne voenne
Quote:
Originally posted by P'Gell
It's often had to tell if people are "doing" drugs, unless you are right up in their faces. Weed looks just like cigarettes (and I wouldn't call the police if people were smoking weed or cigarettes outside anyway) and many other ...
That's a really terrible story. That poor woman. I'm really disgusted by those cops! Ridiculous!

Funny story about the Pokemon cards, though (I used to play them, so I know how it must have looked to others. heh heh.)

Anyways, I hope the original situation in question is resolved soon. I've never had to deal with anything like that... not sure how I'd handle it.
03/26/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Yes I would call
03/26/2012
Ciao. Ciao.
I think it's a little hard to tell when behavior is actually suspicious, but definitely if I saw some teens (or adults) engaging in any sort of violent/destructive behavior I wouldn't hesitate to call the police.
03/26/2012
Jaimes Jaimes
Eh, I've called the cops one time. It was like 4:30 am and a bunch of teenagers were across the street. We heard a super loud BANG, and gave the cops a quick call. Turned out someone just nailed the mailbox with their car. Otherwise, I think the teens around us do their best to keep out of sight if they are up to no good.
03/26/2012
tinadice tinadice
Quote:
Originally posted by jmex83
You seen teenagers doing suspicious activity in your neighborhood? (drugs, or other illegal acts)
Id call
03/26/2012
cheesewizz cheesewizz
Quote:
Originally posted by jmex83
You seen teenagers doing suspicious activity in your neighborhood? (drugs, or other illegal acts)
i wouldnt call because its a part of growing up for them
03/26/2012
P'Gell P'Gell
Quote:
Originally posted by MamaDivine
Hi P'gell! I spoke with our friend today, and we found out that this kid had just gotten out of juvenile detention hall. Hence why no one had seen him lately.

Apparently they busted him slashing tires and throwing things at oncoming ...
Are the police doing anything about this young man? If he's dealing drugs right in the driveway, I would hope they would arrive in time to catch him.

Not a pleasant place to be in. I'd just want to make sure that is what he is doing. I've had my run ins with neighbors who think something is going on that isn't and I hate to judge a young person who is trying to get their life back on track.

But, if there is proof, I think the police should do something about it. Are they?
03/26/2012
Hallmar82 Hallmar82
The broken window policy sounds over-simplified but in most cases, it works: if you let small crimes go unenforced, it only encourages more brazen crimes.
03/26/2012
TheSinDoll TheSinDoll
Depends on what it is.

If they were doing real damage, like fucking up someone's house or mailbox or hurting someone, I'd probably go out and snatch one or two of them up and knock on the person's door of the home they were doing it to and let them handle it (call the cops or not).

If they were smoking pot - I wouldn't care... anything else, I'd probably go down there and break that up.

We live in a really nice neighborhood and that shit never happens around here.
03/26/2012
ECU Pirate ECU Pirate
If they were being destructive, loud, or look like they might hurt someone or themselves then yes. otherwise lots of kids experiment. NBD
03/26/2012
ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
Well now, if there were kids in my neighborhood and I did not know them then yes I might. Depends on what they were doing. The thing is since I live ten miles from the closest police station unless the kids were dumb enough to stick around the call would be pointless. Better to let them know that Smith and Wesson live at our house (And most of my neighbors).

I should say that I live in the country and that kind of stuff does not happen around here.
03/26/2012
loveshocks loveshocks
I'd call. But it depends on what kind of neighbourhood it is. My neighbourhood is usually very quiet after 9-10pm. There's been incidents of people setting garbage cans on fire or knocking over street signs, as well as incidents with small groups beating up people who are just trying to get home from the bus stop, etc. close by. So I'd call - better safe than sorry.
03/26/2012
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