Be Vigilant, But Be Better

There have been more reports of cars being broken into in my neighborhood recently. There was a reported sexual assault in my neighborhood recently. Obviously, people are concerned and there was a post on Next Door about what the community can do to help. There were some obvious answers:

Lock your doors: car and house.

Don’t leave valuables in the car.

Be out and about more in the neighborhood at various times so there is less time when the thefts can happen.

Be aware of what is happening around you.

Call the police about suspicious activity.

The last one is a good idea if used properly. Unfortunately, this is not the case. One person already commented that their neighbor called the cops on them for sitting in front of their own house in a friend’s car. I posted a rant before about a post on Next Door where a woman said she called the police on a guy for basically walking while black. I see post after post where people are calling the police because someone is walking around the neighborhood selling something or putting flyers on doors. Unfortunately, for a lot of people, “suspicious activity” means being outside while not white. We’ve all seen the videos of white people calling the cops on lemonade stands, barbecues, etc. Can we really trust the community to call the police only when necessary? I know I don’t.

Be vigilant, but be better. Stop using the police to rid the neighborhood of people “not like you”

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