Debra Sinick

The Police Were Just Next Door

In Kirkland WA, Safety and Disaster Preparedness on August 3, 2009 at 10:07 pm

I heard some yelling and wasn’t sure what it was.  It turns out the police were standing on my neighbor’s front steps. They’d received a 911 call that was traced to the area around my neighbor’s house.  It could have been a call from the house or from outside the house, the police weren’t sure.  There were unlocked doors, so the policeman called for backup before going inside.  The backup arrived and the two policemen went through the house.  I can’t imagine what that must have been like. Think NYPD Blue or Law and Order.  Luckily, there was nothing amiss.

Years ago, when we first moved to the Seattle area and lived in Redmond, we came home one Thanksgiving night to find a policeman at the front door.  Apparently, a side door hadn’t been closed properly, was blown open by the wind, and set off our house alarm.  The policeman must have gone through the home room by room.  All the closet doors were ajar, which the policeman must have pulled open, making sure no one was hiding.  I’m guessing the police had to do the same thing tonight while going  through my neighbor’s home.

Do you know your neighbor’s cell phone number in case you need to get in touch with them in an emergency? I was able to locate my neighbor’s phone, so the police called him after they searched the home.  But I don’t know many of the other neighbors’ phone numbers.  I have no idea how to get in touch with them in an emergency.

Tomorrow night, August 4th, is the National Neighborhood Night Out, a program for neighbors to join together to help each other,  promote safety, and combat crime.  Neighbors in Kirkland are encouraged to meet in the neighborhood, get to know each other and support each other.

It’s a little too late to get everyone together in my neighborhood for tomorrow night, but I plan to do so in the next week.  We need to know how to get in touch with each other and how to help each other, whether it’s a because of a crime or a disaster.  Make sure you know how to get in touch with your neighbors.  It could save somebody’s life.

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