(Closed) What does it take to get you to call the cops?

posted 5 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I only called after witnessing a car wreck one time. I think it depends on where I am, though — the city I live in is pretty low-crime, so if I saw something vaguely suspicious I’d probably call it in since I know I’m not pulling cops off a homicide or something.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t think it hurts to call in a suspicious person, as long as you’re using the non-emergency line, not 911.

I don’t call the police very often.  I once saw what appeared to be a sex trade worker get grabbed off the side of the road and dragged into a vehicle, and stumbled across a crash the looked pretty serious so I called those in to the emergency line, and a couple personal minor crashes into the non-emergency, but that’s about it.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

For me to call the cops the guy would have to be actually doing something wrong.  Just walking, even at 10pm, isn’t shady to me.  Maybe his car had broken down and he was texting to find a ride?  I would hate to get an innocent person harmed, because too many times the police overreact, obviously.  And innocent people get killed for nothing.  I don’t understand this.

Zimmerman’s killing of Trayvon Martin comes to mind.  That poor kid was completely innocent.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

I have to witness something fucked up and wrong or be scared that someone is trying to get in my house or have the threat of immediate danger.

I call 911 all the time when I am on the highway. You would not believe how many fucked up situations we have come across just going to and from work.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’ve called the police twice. Once when I was in a taxi and the car behind us spun out of control and flew off the road. (The taxi driver didn’t stop!)

The other time there was a explosion type sound outside of my apartment and when I looked outside our huge garbage bin was on fire. 

I agree with Sunfire though I probably wouldn’t call the cops unless I saw actual wrong doing. Walking at 10pm in a residential area doesn’t really seem like it warrants a call. 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper

I have actually never called the cops! I went with a friend to file a police report once, and I have had my fair share of speeding tickets, but that’s about it!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I’ve called on multiple occasions when I saw people who were obviously under SOME sort of influence on the road.  I also called once because there was a mattress lying in the middle of the freeway at night and things weren’t very well lit.  I called once more when I saw a car on fire.

Oh, and we also called 911 a few weeks ago when our car broke down in the middle of bumf*** nowhere, and our insurance couldn’t find a single towtruck anywhere within fifty miles who would come help us at 3:00 on a Saturday afternoon, so they finally advised us to call 911 for help…  I’m a little embarrassed about that one.

Otherwise, though, I don’t think I would call unless I saw a crime actively taking place or some sort of emergency that could definitely endanger people.  There are lots of shady-looking people around where I live, but most of them are okay.

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@LizLemon: Yeah, the sprinting once he saw you is the part where he got super suspicious IMO.  I would have called, too. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LizLemon:  I understand your being nervous, not saying I blame you.  But maybe the guy ran because he was scared, not because he was guilty.  He may have been afraid of being wrongly profiled.  It happens a lot. 

But I understand if you felt nervous you did the right thing by calling the cops.  It’s just that the Zimmerman incident makes me feel so sick.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

@LizLemon:  That’s a good point – that the police could have actually helped him if he was needing help.  At least nothing bad happened to you, thank heaven!  Keep an eye out for him, though, just to be safe.  I hope he doesn’t show up again.

Also – just thought of this.  In the Zimmerman case the police actually did the RIGHT thing by telling him to back off and wait for them.  Zimmerman wasn’t a cop, didn’t mean to imply that.  He ignored what the police dispatcher told him.

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

the one time I called the cops, it wasn’t really me calling the cops but I was part of a collective group decision. We were in the Union building, and there was this couple (we only found out after that they were actually dating) having a fierce almost shouting/screaming argument (it was late night so the building was relatively empty). As we walked past the couple, the girl was crying and gave us a frightened look over her boyfriend’s shoulder that sent us a message.

we hung around nearby, group of around 5 of us, trying to decide what to do about the situation because the guy was really intimidating her – she was up against the wall and he was basically getting in her face and using his body to trap her. We decided that “that shit ain’t acceptable around here” and called police non-emergency.

I think if I genuinely feared for someone’s safety or my own safety after some time considering the situation, I would definitely call.

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