Someone is breaking into the house next door; do you say something to them or ju

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  1. glmclendon profile image61
    glmclendonposted 11 years ago

    Someone is breaking into the house next door; do you say something to them or just call the cops?

  2. CR Rookwood profile image71
    CR Rookwoodposted 11 years ago

    I would do both. I have a big dog though, which gives me a certain amount of false confidence. Still, sometimes a loud "hey, what are you doing?!" is enough to stop any number of bad things.

  3. MickS profile image61
    MickSposted 11 years ago

    Call the police, let the people being paid for the job, get on with it.

  4. Sparklea profile image60
    Sparkleaposted 11 years ago

    I would dial 911 immediately...if I said anything, I would yell from a window, NOT go outside.  You never know if they are carrying knifes, guns or both.  I keep my house locked all the time.  OR, if they were already inside the house, I would hope the cops would arrive and catch them.  Blessings, Sparklea

  5. nightwork4 profile image60
    nightwork4posted 11 years ago

    say something. standing by and just letting the police take care of it is wrong. what if the police don't get there in time, what if someone is home and they get hurt or badly scared. we need to stand up for each other to make this world a better place, not just rely on the government and authorities to do all the dirty work.

  6. Diane Woodson profile image61
    Diane Woodsonposted 11 years ago

    I would call 911 because if you startle a robber, they could use a weapon and you could get injured or killed. If this means do you say something to the neighbors, I would not call them because the people could get into the house and if they are on the phone the robbers could think they are calling the cops and more could happen because of that. I watch a lot of crime shows.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image62
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Calling 911 is good advice - why is this answer voted down?

  7. TIMETRAVELER2 profile image87
    TIMETRAVELER2posted 11 years ago

    If you have one of those car door gizmos with a red alarm button, press it.  Your horn will begin honking very loudly and will let the thief know he's been seen.  Then call 911.

    Call your other neighbors as well and get them to press their alarm buttons.  The racket will most likely scare the thief away.

    Any police officer will tell you that approaching a criminal is dangerous and should not be attempted by anybody who is untrained, even if they have a weapon.

    1. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image62
      Dubuquedogtrainerposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Why is this answer voted down? It makes good sense to me.

    2. profile image0
      bmcoll3278posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      This is a awesome answer.

  8. Express10 profile image84
    Express10posted 11 years ago

    I'd definitely call the cops. I would not say anything because by the time the cops got there, they'd be gone. There is a better chance of catching them if they don't know that anyone else knows.

  9. Xenonlit profile image60
    Xenonlitposted 11 years ago

    There is no way that you interact with people who are breaking in anywhere! Call the police, get to a safe location. If safe, take photos with the smartphone, note the time, location of entry, vehicle identification and other identifying facts.

    Break in artists are becoming much more desperate and dangerous these days. If they are under the influence of drugs like methamphetamine, then they may kill someone just for the thrill. Others will be desperate to stay out of jail.

    If these people will kill police, then they will not hesitate to kill a neighbor. Call the cops.

  10. duffsmom profile image58
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    I would let the police handle it because I would have no idea if they are armed or what their true intention is.

  11. Dubuquedogtrainer profile image62
    Dubuquedogtrainerposted 11 years ago

    It depends on the time of day and circumstances. I do not want to endanger myself, especially if the person is armed or dangerous. I might just let my presence be known, which might likely cause the person to flee. My dogs would probably hear the break-in before I do, which would also be a deterrent. I would definitely call 911.

  12. Amy Becherer profile image66
    Amy Bechererposted 11 years ago

    All any observer knows is a crime is being committed and the criminal doesn't want to get caught.  There are too many unknowns that could escalate a burglary to a tragedy. The police are trained to handle crimes and the perps. As the world saw in the recent, well-publicized tragedy where a teenage boy lost his life, the neighborhood watchman was advised by 911 that help was on the way and to stop pursuing the teenager.  A young man would be alive today and many would have been spared unnecessary grief had the police been allowed to handle the situation.

  13. profile image0
    bmcoll3278posted 11 years ago

    Times have changed. You have a duty to get involved. However you must consider your safety. Record all the information you can and get the trained professionals  ie police. To get your self shot or killed will not do the other home owner any good. So help in every way you can but stay safe.  One other thing though. Are they home or not?  I will not put myself in harms way for an empty house .But if people are home  kids in particular . Then I would risk my safety to protect them.

  14. John Holden profile image60
    John Holdenposted 11 years ago

    I live in an inner city area, close to the police station. When a neighbours flat was being broken into we called the police who turned up 12 hours later. The thieves had gone by then!

    1. CR Rookwood profile image71
      CR Rookwoodposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I have been through the very same thing. Certain neighborhoods, you're kind of 'on your own'. It shouldn't be that way, but it is.

    2. John Holden profile image60
      John Holdenposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thirty or even twenty years ago I would have been out and at them but I'm no longer fighting fit sad

  15. cat on a soapbox profile image96
    cat on a soapboxposted 11 years ago

    I 'd call the police.   We have a "neigborhood watch" approach where I live. This means we stay aware of strangers and things that seem unusual. This does not mean that we are expected to intercept a crime in progress; however, if someone senses that he is being watched, it is often enough of a deterrent. I think it is important to be able to provide descriptions of the perps and vehicles incl. license # and the time of the incident for a police report. The more info, the better the chances of an arrest and recovery of stolen goods.

  16. Clive Donegal profile image66
    Clive Donegalposted 11 years ago

    I would call the police. If the opportunity still presented itself, I might shout at the intruder, but I would rather know that the police are on the way if he (or she) is coming after me.
    I am not sure that calling a miscreant's attention to yourself is the wisest way to go, especially when it also provides a fairly good idea of where you live.

  17. Attikos profile image82
    Attikosposted 11 years ago

    First, call the police. Then it becomes a matter of judgment. You do as circumstances dictate. Is your neighbor at home and in danger? How long will it take the police to arrive? Is this an isolated incident or a plague on the neighborhood? How many of the invaders are there? Are they armed? Do you have a shotgun? Do you know how and when to use it? Are you capable of intervention, or not? Those are just some of the questions that should run through your mind. Whether or not you take action will be determined by the answers, put together into a whole picture, almost instantly.


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