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Huh? Lock Our Doors?


A police officer knocked at our door over an hour ago. Through our black steel security door, he asked the Husband questions about recent events on our street.

Ten minutes before the officer's knock, the Husband came upstairs to tell me that he hadn't notice the heavy traffic on our street before. (He had been sitting in the kitchen doing the bills.) I shrugged and said, "Sounds normal."

The Husband told the officer about the traffic and a police cruiser going by, but there weren't any sirens. The Husband didn't realize he was talking to a law enforcement officer until he asked, "Do you live nearby?" That's when the officer mentioned the police was pursuing a suspect in the area. And, that's when the Husband noticed the officer's badge.

When I heard about the pursuit (the Husband didn't mention any police cars to me), I knew then that the Husband was most likely seeing a lot more than the normal number of cars zipping by. I'm glad to know that the Husband is paying attention to what happening in our neighborhood. He gets a pass for not noting the law enforcement badge, as it's difficult with our mature eyes to see details through the security door. If the Husband had seen the badge, then I'm sure he would've opened the door and talked with the officer in plain view.

I love the Husband's response to the officer's question about noticing anything strange. Said the Husband, "No. I'm just sitting in here minding my own business."

The officer told us that the suspect was caught on the next block over. He also let us know that the bougainvillea vine (except he call it a rose) had ensnared him (my word, not the officer's). There you go, our natural security system works.

After the officer left, I checked a community page on Facebook. It turned out law enforcement had contained our neighborhood, ordering everyone to stay inside and lock their doors and windows. We had ours wide open. There's something to be said about being ignorant to live police activity as it's happening around us.


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  1. Yikes. It's a good thing the guy wasn't near your house. I doubt I would have heard about it either, though. I don't pay attention to local news things most of the time.

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    1. I'm starting to think that the traffic the Husband saw were people being re-routed from the street over where a show down had taken place between the suspect and the police. I read a news report that 20 police and sheriff deputies were there.

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  2. It is difficult to be aware to everything.

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    1. There are 2 Facebook local groups that I check when I want to find out what's going on, especially tied up traffic going out of our town. Someone usually is complaining or putting in his two bits about something like this. I was impressed with how quickly the local media covered the story, as it progressed. The Husband says anyone pulling a gun on a cop generally makes news.

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  3. How exciting ! you were (almost) involved in a crime, if your husband would have watched better ! Lol !

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    1. This excitement, I can skip. :-) Turns out the suspect was in his late 50s. Seems to me he ought to know better by now.

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  4. That's a little scary … glad the suspect was apprehended. If push came to shove, maybe Miss Molly could have jumped on his head!!!

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    1. More likely Molly would've led us to a hiding place. I found out later that it happened near my godmother's house. Fortunately she wasn't home.

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  5. I would've thought the police would've doorknocked and warned people to stay indoors rather than relying on the assumption that everyone checks facebook every five minutes!.

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    1. From the news article I read, it happened all of a sudden and quickly. The police put out a report that went to Smart phone owners who had the app. That doesn't help us since we own a not-a-Smart phone and turn it on only when we're out and about.

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  6. Well, that is more adventure than I would enjoy on any given day. i am surprised you didn't get a reverse phone call or something warning you to close windows etc......... But it is funny that the 'bad guy' got caught in a bouganvillia hedge. kind of scary that this could happen in what I think of as 'small town America' though (you do live in a smaller town don't you?).....

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    1. If we had the proper phone and the app, we would've received a warning. Hollister is a small town in attitude but I don't think we can say it's small anymore. We're experiencing another build! build! build! period. I wouldn't be surprised if the population grows to nearly 50K by the next census. Unfortunately, our infrastructure isn't keeping pace.

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Thanks for the good cheer. :-)

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