At what point do you call the police?

At what point do you call the police?

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    At what point do you call the police?

    So I'm feeling pretty stupid. The house has been for sell and I moved most of my guns and ammo out while it has been on the market and have a buyer now.

    Only keeping two of guns in the house because of the moving, my EDC .38 snub w/ 5 shots and my .40. Daren't, I got ammo in the house for all EXCEPT my .40 semi, was going to clean it first and use my new speed loader on the mags.

    My black lab has been growling like crazy, something woke her and she ain't happy. Of course it could be a critter, very well could be and probably is.

    At what point (or at all) should I call the police (county)? I'm getting nervous, it's dark as the abyss out there. Dog still growling....
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    If your county LE is like ours it will take half an hour for them to get there if they come at all. But yours maybe quicker. If your nervous call em. Its what they get paid for. And keep the snub on you. JMO
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    Thanks Ghost, the snub hasn't left my side. I'm a much better shot with the .40. Can't believe no .40 ammo in the house. It won't happen again. Might bring the shotgun back too for the remainder of the month while I'm still here. A few ppl I was working with before I got sick and had to leave work knew the meds the doc gave me at the time and they have street value (I no longer take that mess, hate pills). Am feeling like a target. I really hate to call the LEO, it will freak the few neighbors I got out.

    Going to get bowl of ice cream, somehow that always makes things better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister View Post
    The house has been for sell and I moved most of my guns and ammo out while it has been on the market and have a buyer now.

    My black lab has been growling like crazy, something woke her and she ain't happy. Of course it could be a critter, very well could be and probably is.

    I'm getting nervous, it's dark as the abyss out there. Dog still growling....
    Depends on the severity, proximity, whether it continues, whether you're sure it can't be critters, whether you're sure your best choice is to avoid contact.

    Unfortunately, if alone and you opt to let the dog out to investigate, it could be a tough critter that bests the dog. You could go out with the dog, but there's always the small risk it'll be something that bests you (ie, big bear, or one or more two-leggers). Am assuming you don't have an surveillance video or decent security lighting at that house.

    Still, folks in the country head out to check on things all the time. Of course, it's safer to do with multiple folks in the house.

    Up to you, on whether to contact the sheriff to come check things out. If alone with the dog and if the dog's pretty tough, I might well send the dog out to check, if concerned enough and if outside the sheriff's normal every-day range of patrol. Then again, staying inside isn't a bad option, either. As you say, it's most probably just a critter of some sort. (Raccoons can make a terrible racket, if they're tipping things over or even tearing into things.)

    For this sort of situation, it's worth considering a few strategically-placed cameras around the property, such that you can get some visibility of those "bumps" in the night without exposing yourself at the windows or being "forced" to open up the door and head outside.
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    Personally and I am not telling sister too do this, Id have to go check it out myself. Otherwise it wouldnt get checked out where I live.

    I wouldnt want my wife to go out in the dark to check strange goings on with a 38 snub in her hand, but Ive always had to check things myself because short of a shooting or something like that LE isnt going to come out here just to "check things out". Just something Im used too and prepared to do. Im armed with a bit more than a 38 snubbie when I do it though
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    Be safe, Sister! When in doubt get the sheriff out there. At the first opportunity get your .40 ammo into the house! I know how you feel, too- a couple weeks ago I accidentally left the house with only one round in my sidearm. I removed the mag, did a press check and put it in the holster...but I neglected to put the mag back in! Didn't notice til I got back home. It was just a quick trip to the store, and I had a loaded mag in a pouch on my waist. And my HK has no mag disconnect so at least the round round in the gun would have went BANG! But I felt really silly knowing I'd been running around with a $1,000 paperweight carried IWB.

    For now keep the snubbie on you and the dog close.
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    Thanks ccw9mm (and others), the dog and I are in and staying in. I flipped on all my flood lights and will leave them on tonight. Will be moving the end of the month but will def have the .40 ammo here and shotgun by tomorrow. Thought for sure there was .40 ammo in the house, everything but!

    Dog is quiet now. She would protect me but is not aggressive, most black labs aren't.

    If I can get Blitzberg out to the range (we don't live that far apart) then maybe I can twist his arm and see if he can adjust the laser on my .38. Weather has cooled down a bit and not too hot to go shooting now.

    Thank you again, I really do hate to bother the LE folks. It being a Sat. night I'm sure they are staying busy.
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    Chances are if the dog is quieted down then it was a critter or something that has moved on its way and the dog knows it. Probably you flipping on flood lights was a bit to bright for the night critters liking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghost1958 View Post
    Personally and I am not telling sister too do this, Id have to go check it out myself. Otherwise it wouldnt get checked out where I live.

    I wouldnt want my wife to go out in the dark to check strange goings on with a 38 snub in her hand, but Ive always had to check things myself because short of a shooting or something like that LE isnt going to come out here just to "check things out". Just something Im used too and prepared to do. Im armed with a bit more than a 38 snubbie when I do it though

    In bold, that's what it would be with me. I'm alone (except w/ dog). When I went for the .40 (thought I had ammo here) I WAS going to check it out. I am not going out with a revolver that holds 5 bullets, we got black bear and gators out here too - would only go with the mag full and a back-up. It's the two legged ones that could try to come in that makes me nervous.
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    Best to hunker in. My prayers for your safety and awareness.

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    OK, Sister, it's past daybreak, time for you to report in to us. I betcha you're alright, but get that shotgun today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sister View Post
    ... we got black bear and gators out here too
    Well, that right there is a factor some of us don't have to contend with on a daily (nightly) basis. I'd stay inside as well, not knowing the likely cause of the sound.

    Much depends on the layout of the home. One of the things I like about a two-story type home is the potential for an upstairs balcony, which can be golden in situations like this where sighting the source of noise-making can be done without exiting the home. Depends on the lighting and sight lines as well. Many homes have corners and blind spots where the lighting doesn't hit, whereas some have lighting everywhere and clear visibility all the way to the tree line. Unknown what your spot is like. Particularly if you've got a little cutie (dog) at home who'd have troubles against a bear or gator (and most of us would), staying inside and waiting-out the noises might be the best option. You're armed, within barred walls, have your protectors in hand, and know the space well. Outside, you're out of that element.
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    This is a true Catch 22 situation. Dang if you do, dang if you do not.

    If the police were called every time something went bump in the night or a dog barked, the entire US unemployment issue would be solved by all the officers that departments would need.

    If it were someone wanting to do harm and police were not called, then you might end up dead.

    So what is one to do? You call when you are no longer comfortable with what is going on. The continued vicious barking of the dog lasting more than a few minutes, noises taking place at windows or doors that are out of the ordinary or seeing someone moving about in the dark.

    Until the time comes to call, turn on porch lights on the house. Light scares both intruders and animals away. Call a neighbor to come look around. My neighbors do not call the local police, they call me. You turn the lights off inside your home and you look through the windows in a sly way to see if there is anything moving about.

    In my rural area, we have a lot of walkers that upset dogs. We have a severe fox problem that upsets dogs. We have a skunk issue that upsets dogs. We do not have a large crime problem that would cause concern to the residents unless something is seen or dogs appear to be aggitated for several minutes.
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    Hey Sister just got up out here you OK?

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    Doesn't hurt to call the police, we had an incident with someone harassing our dog and rattling our fence at sundown the other day while our nanny was watching the kids, got home shortly thereafter. Wife called the county police and they said they'd patrol the street a few times before midnight. He could have been casing houses or something, burglary is a common problem here. Better to let them know, but I never depend on them showing up.

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