I left my house at 8:48 a.m., heading toward a common street that borders my road, and I saw two men who did not look like they belong in the neighborhood walking boldly in the middle of the road toward my house.
I thought to myself that these folks do not belong here, and maybe I should call the Asheville Police Department. Then I thought that this could be an “ist” mindset. So I did not call.
At 9:15 a.m., I am calling 911 because I walk into my house, which is ransacked, and electronics are displaced inside and outside of my open swinging back door. “Are they still here?” is what I was thinking when I called.
If you are CSI junky, I am sure you have dug up all the research about the case, but what the police want and what is the most helpful thing to do is report suspicious behavior and be proactive. If I had talked to those two folks when leaving my neighborhood or called the police to check it out, I would have not been trying to put every cabinet back together in my house.
There is an old proverb that goes, “Many hands make light work”; we can do that for our community. Nextdoor.com worked really well for us, but if anyone sees anything suspicious, call the cops ASAP. And I am not talking about putting the recycling out three days early.
— Name withheld
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