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    Reporting Criminal Activity

    If you observed dangerous/suspicious criminal activity, would you call the cops?

    Examples:

    Neighbor beating his wife
    Woman beating her child
    Someone who appears to be a peeping tom, prowler, or burglar snooping around your neighbor's house
    Gang activity in your neighborhood
    Drug sales in your nieghborhood
    Shots fired in your neighborhood
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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Neighbor beating his wife
    Yes, and then I would go give him a whatfor.

    Woman beating her child
    I wouldn't call the cops, I would call childcare services. After I went over and gave her a whatfor

    Someone who appears to be a peeping tom, prowler, or burglar snooping around your neighbor's house
    No. I would go confront them. Then I might call the police. Someone just appearing to be a prowler is just too iffy. Could be anyone. I would confront them first.

    Gang activity in your neighborhood
    Depends on the activity

    Drug sales in your nieghborhood
    Absolutely not

    Shots fired in your neighborhood
    Depends. Shots fired where I come from is no biggie. You can sit on porch and hear the neighbors doing some target practice. Or god forbid it's hunting season. I probably would not report shots fired. If it was close to me, like it sounded like it was coming from the townhouses near me, then I might.

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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    If you observed dangerous/suspicious criminal activity, would you call the cops?

    Examples:

    Neighbor beating his wife
    Absolutely.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Woman beating her child
    Yes, assuming its not a routine spanking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Someone who appears to be a peeping tom, prowler, or burglar snooping around your neighbor's house
    Yes

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Gang activity in your neighborhood
    Yes.

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    Drug sales in your nieghborhood
    I would not call the police for the consumption of weed, but yes to any other drug as well. Yes for all sales as I would not want my neighborhood to go down hill.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Shots fired in your neighborhood
    etc.
    Maybe. I live in an area where people do target practice in their back yard.

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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    I answered the poll with a "yes". Just wanted to add that I wouldn't report the shots fired in the neighborhood because I live in the back 40. Shots around here are either because of hunting or target practice. But other than that yes I would call the cops.

    I once called the cops because one of our local schools got busted into. Cops did their thing but what no one realized...or could even think of, was that the aholes that busted into the place also poured chemicals down the slide. A little girl was severaly chemically burned going down it the next day.
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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Honestly, no on all the above.

    I just don't like to get involved in other peoples problems, even if it is them who break the law. I don't like attracting the police's attention on me even if it is as someone who is doing the "civil thing" and reporting it. It would take alot for me to phone the police and report something
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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    I voted "other".

    But really, I don't live/travel/work anywhere that I would be likely too see anything happen.

    I suppose if I saw a blatant crime occur, I might.

    But if it were a minor crime, I would be more likely to not recognize it as a crime at all, due to ignorance/whatever.
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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Quote Originally Posted by megaprogman View Post
    Absolutely.



    Yes, assuming its not a routine spanking.



    Yes



    Yes.



    I would not call the police for the consumption of weed, but yes to any other drug as well. Yes for all sales as I would not want my neighborhood to go down hill.



    Maybe. I live in an area where people do target practice in their back yard.


    agree with all the above



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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    If you observed dangerous/suspicious criminal activity, would you call the cops?

    Examples:
    Perhaps.

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Neighbor beating his wife
    Yes.
    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Woman beating her child
    Depends on the level of "beating" you mean. Due to the use of the word "beating", however, I would assume you mean something over and above a light punishment spanking (however much you or anyone may disagree, I believe there is evidence that such has an effect - but that's a whole other debate)
    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Someone who appears to be a peeping tom, prowler, or burglar snooping around your neighbor's house
    Perhaps, but I live in a relatively rural area, so I'm not that close to my neighbors houses.
    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Gang activity in your neighborhood
    No gangs that I know of in the area - Unless you count the interrelated Mennonite families all over the place(there’s about 5-10) - not sure which sect. But it would depend on the gang activity in question.
    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Drug sales in your neighborhood
    Probably, but as I said, it's a relatively rural area, so they probably would be less likely to show up in that area - But yes, if I noticed such.
    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    Shots fired in your neighborhood
    etc.
    Probably not, as there are wooded areas all around, and it would likely just be a hunter (depending on the season, which I don't really pay attention to).
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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    If you observed dangerous/suspicious criminal activity, would you call the cops?

    Neighbor beating his wife
    Woman beating her child
    Someone who appears to be a peeping tom, prowler, or burglar snooping around your neighbor's house
    Gang activity in your neighborhood
    Drug sales in your nieghborhood
    Shots fired in your neighborhood
    etc.
    Yes to all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Laila View Post
    Honestly, no on all the above.

    I just don't like to get involved in other peoples problems, even if it is them who break the law. I don't like attracting the police's attention on me even if it is as someone who is doing the "civil thing" and reporting it. It would take alot for me to phone the police and report something
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    Re: Reporting Criminal Activity

    Quote Originally Posted by Catz Part Deux View Post
    If you observed dangerous/suspicious criminal activity, would you call the cops?

    Examples:

    Neighbor beating his wife
    I beat my wife all the time. She can't play checkers for beans (kinda plagiarized from "No Time For Sergeants".

    Woman beating her child
    Depends. Spanking isn't beating. One has to be reasonable here.

    Someone who appears to be a peeping tom, prowler, or burglar snooping around your neighbor's house
    I suppose, unless I dislike the neighbor. There is the consideration that I don't want people like that in my neighborhood at all, but if I said anything like that someone on this forum would call me a bigot and try ring a charge on their Race Card....

    Gang activity in your neighborhood
    Why would I live in a neighborhood with gangsters? I'd be calling the movers. Then I'd call the cops.

    Drug sales in your nieghborhood
    Only to the extent that if drugs weren't illegal they'd be sold at the liquor store... I suppose, since it's currently criminal it would harm local property values to permit the activity to proceed unmolested.

    But basicly most of what you're listing is something the cops should be doing in their spare time between rounding up invaders.

    Shots fired in your neighborhood
    How do I know they're shots? Do I see the shooter or am I hearing badly timed jalopy?

    etc.
    More importantly, when I shoot the intruder in my home with a bow and the neighbors don't hear a thing, should I call the cops or should I make a trip up to the National Forest to dump a load?

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