I'd never done that before, but yesterday events forced my hand.
Granted, it wasn't 911. I used the local number. But Still. I called the police. Why? Because we've been robbed twice over the past two weeks.
We currently get our milk delivered on Wednesday mornings, around 1am, I think. And sometime between then and 6:30 when I go to get it, someone takes a gallon. And since we get the growth hormone free whole milk, that amounts to about $5. Which sounded kinda lame when the officer who came by asked how much the total value of the milk was. "About $10," I told him.
So he's going to have a night patrol car in our area for a while.
Not that that is going to actually catch the thief. It may scare him off though, which means we'd get our milk again.
But to actually catch a thief we need something more. Thus, our plotting. Hiding behind the front door with a fully charged Digital SLR, ready to throw open the front screen to grab a snapshot of the criminal... giving us a shot of their back, or, even if we could get their face there's no way we could ID them. So, we must throw open then door and take them down--which means we'll need to get some police style zip ties...
Seriously. We've spent an hour this evening plotting.
Because, you know, we gotta protect the milk.
And if we can stop someone from further progressing in a life of crime, that's good too.
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