Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by ATCclears, Nov 12, 2012.
Robbery suspects posed as officers | HeraldNet.com - Local news
I've given a heads up on this before, it's happened several times over the years. Call 911 and get verification they are real cops before you open the door
Wow, this is pretty scary. Rule of thumb I follow is I don't let a police officer in my house without a warrant. Though, I don't know what would happen then, but it's still the rule I use.
It also helps if you know at least who your local officers are... but yeah, if anyone comes to your door and you don't know them, DON'T OPEN UP!
This is the worst part:
Two unarmed and oblivious homeowners open their front door to the bad guys while their two self-defense weapons are guarding their sock drawers. Man, would I feel dumb if I did that.
To be fair, they thought that the robbers were police. You don't generally go get your gun before opening the door to a police officer.
Come to think of it, I have no idea what my city's police badge looks like, or how to tell a faked one. What would you do about that?
Unless you work in a small town it is unlikely you will be able to "know" 1/2 the cops in your area. Unincorporated area's forget it. MY local cops are both Pierce Country and WSP. HAH, yeah good luck knowing those officers.
Easier and faster is to check out your driveway before opening the door. See a fully marked cop car you are at least that much closer to knowing they are the real deal before you even get to the door. Even unmarked cars usually scream cop if you know what to look for, though with all the auctioned police rigs that is risky these days... But if the car is unmarked and you see someone in uniform at the door call 911..
We have to be smart and safe out there!
I only talk to cops at my house from behind the door. Secondly ask them tons of questions and if need be request their superior come. We pay for it, so I always feel like that's my right and obligation if I'm stopped for OCing or if they come to the house. It rarely happens but I still don't trust leos more than any other stranger. I perceive them as a threat first as they do with us.
It's not like you're going to hurt their feelings by playing it careful. Just so long as you don't display "contempt of cop," they might even appreciate a cautious citizen.
Don't have to. It's always wherever I am.
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