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Check ID at window orpeep hole
Found it... they didn't say they were officials, just banged on the door. Homeowner said no... they shot thru the door. Story Here
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We have a quiet sub...quite a few cops live here. Unless I see flashing lights, cars parked on the lawn, helicopters circling above, and a bull horn barking out orders...no one is coming in and I'm not going out.
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I'd advise if possible to dial 9-1-1 and get the local police on their way. Also tell the maybe cops at the door that the real police are on the way. Dont worry about hurting their feelings.
I work with a guy who also is a census worker. He told me how after the census all ID badges are turned in after end of survey. One dirt bag (his words. Guy had questionable background)purposely kept his and refused to turn it in. On the good side LE went to retrieve it. My thought was why did he plan keep it, unless he planned to use it. I trust no one anymore. I question everything. Any contact with persons representing an agency we should actually look at the ID. Vehicle, clothing, demeanor, body language. I'd rather be rude than end up a crime victim.BS filter needs turned on high nowadays...
If you were living in Indiana it would be an even more difficult to decide what to do.
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It's common if not routine out here in the Phoenix area.
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There has been an "incident" in the Westmoreland area of my hometown of Huntington, WV. Some men came to a home and said they were from the Police Dept.
They apparently were not, but "questioned" a boy at the door about when dad comes home, etc. I have not seen it in the papers, but some people that I know who live close by that area have said so on Facebook. With the Thanksgiving and Christmas season coming upon us, this scenario may be more prevelent.
Situational awareness is the key.
It also reminds me of the "Home Alone" movie. At the beginning, the thugs came dressed as Police Officers to case homes for later break in. The movie made fun of it, but it really does happen.
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this has been happening for years. A few years ago they were warning women leaving bars or work after 11 to be careful because someone had a decked out cruiser and was "assaulting" them.
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Having seen the police show up to do a search or a tough guy arrest (nock and we are coming in) a number of times, they normally show up with multiple cars, so if you can get a look at the street it would help. I am not inclined to look through a peep hole.
I don’t know if a call to the local police to see if they are actually at my home would do any good but it is worth a trying.
As always I answer the door with my sidearm in hand, or hand on it in holster. Unless you are involved in some sort of illegal activity it isn’t likely there at your place, making it a good idea to check it out.
A bit off topic but while down in Florida we were doing hurricane cleanup work and staying in a motel we had someone sleeping in the truck to keep it and the other erumpent from disappearing, one of the motel employees saw a couple of the crew sitting in a vehicle so they called the sheriff’s office. I wake a hard pounding at the door and answer it with my gun in hand behind me. So here I am standing there with two deputies at the door and a gun in my hand. All they wanted to know was if the fellows that they had belonged to us, they never knew I was armed. It sure got my alertness up!