Would you call the police?

This quote is from Newsweek:
An abductor often imposes himself further through intimidation or outright violence. Thatís a plausible scenario in Hornbeckís case, according to Devlinís upstairs neighbor, Harry Reichard. He says that over the course of the year and a half that he lived above the two, he heard all manner of disconcerting sounds, including whimpering, pleading and screaming. On one occasion, he says, "it was like Shawn was trying to get [Devlin] to stop doing something."
I know you never really know what you'd do in any given situation but the man in the above quote did not call the police after all the times he heard Shawn Hornbeck in the apartment below him.

Do you think you would have called the police? I called once while I was visiting someone and heard their female neighbor being banged around and screaming. The police arrested the man. I was hesitant to give my name to 911 when they asked for it (I didn't give it) but I did make the call.
My upstairs neighbors are HORRIBLE. For example, the guy woke me up this morning at 7am because he was calling one of the cats into the bedroom. He speaks very loudly all the time up there, but when I see him outside, he's quiet. His wife does not have a hearing problem, so I don't know what the problem is. Anyway....a few months ago, they were screaming at each other which is nothing new. Then I heard her yell something like "get your hands off of me". She kept saying it, and I called the cops. I live in a very small town, so they were here in less than 5 minutes. My neighbor was drunk (not surprising), the cops told him that if they had to come back they would arrest him. I kept an ear out for it all night....I can't sit by and listen to another woman (or any one else for that matter) being subjected to that kind of treatment.
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I would definately call the cops. I lived in an apartment once and we heard what we thought was fighting upstairs. when we first moved in we used to see our upstairs neighbor all the time going to work and coming home. We used to say goodmorning. Then we stopped seeing her. Stopped seeing her go to work. then we started to see this really scruffy looking dude with her and she always looked like a frighteded rabbit. she never spoke and always hurried up the stairs. After he came we used to here loud thumps all the time.

Her mother knocked on our door once and asked if we had seen her because she hadnt heard from her in a while. Taking all that into account when I thought he was beating her i called the cops. of course she said nothing was wrong, but they moved in the next two weeks. I never knew what happened to her.
I definetely would have. My mom always tells the story of when my sister and I were very little, she had come home from work very tired after a 10 hour shift and went to sleep while we were in bed on the other side of the house. I needed a glass of water or something, so I kept calling for my mom and soon my sister was calling for her too but she didn't hear us. After about 15 or 20 minutes of this, the cops knock on our door and wake my mom up. I guess my bedroom window was open and our backyard neighbors just heard two little girls calling for their mom with no answer. Luckily we were in no danger but I was always grateful they called the police just in case. Boy was our mom embaressed though!!
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My old neighbors used to make alot of noice. Not really bad, it was really hard to tell if they were fighting or just playing because they had a 3 year old. One time I heard alot of banging and the little girl screaming, and I got nervous, I turned everything off to hear better, then I hear "RAAAOOORRR" and the little girl screaming/laughing, and figured out they were playing. we heard this alot, and we didn't really mind, we could hear it, but it wasn't too loud and having a 3 year old ourselfs who ran alot in the apartment, we could only imagine what it sounded like from their apartment. Then late one night, there was a knock, it was the girl next door asking to use our phone, apparently her boyfriend just tried to kill her, we let her use the phone to call her mom to pick her up and let her stay until her mom showed up. I am ashamed to say we were very nervous about getting involved, because her boyfriend who did that, was also the son of our landlord. I live in a small town and people aren't exactly known for their professionalism here.

Sometimes it's really hard to tell what's going on. Just last week I heard some yelling outside and at the time sounded like laughing, only for just a few minutes later the parking lot ouside my apartment filled with cops. Not that Im trying to defend people who know there is abuse going on next door and do nothing.
I would. The neighbors in our old apartment often got into fights and we did callthe cops a few times when it sounded like it got violent.
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I live in a college town, so I've had my share of noisy neighbors. But if there was a child involved, I would definitely call the cops. If there's nothing wrong, then the cops would show up to see a family playing. No harm done, just a minor inconvenience. I would definitely rather err on the side of caution. I can't imagine how guilty I would feel if I found out I allowed child abuse to continue right under my nose.
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Yep. The first time i read that it made me angry that they listened and did nothing :x
I'm very pro-calling the cops. In fact, Ozzy (my avatar) doesn't "speak" on command-- he "tells the cops"!

Usually in a neighbor situation, I would try to know more about the neighbors...maybe try to run into them, or introduce myself or something, to get a sense of the family dynamic. But I've noticed that men tend to be less likely than women to call the cops, and also, men who don't have children don't necessarily feel that ... protective response, I don't know, that need to make sure that everything is OK. (Apologies to non-parent men who DO feel protective of children)

I don't want to waste police officers' time, but one good reason to call when something seems really wrong is that is helps establish documentation, a record.
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The dispatchers pretty much know me by my voice, I've called so often over the years.
I don't put up with crap - whether it involves me, my house, my car, my neighbors, kids, dogs, vandalism, violence, drug deals, noise.
Even if it turns out to be nothing, the police officers always say to call if I think something/anything isn't right.
And I definitely would have called in the Hornbeck situation.
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I wonder if the neighbors just saw it as a father arguing with his teenage son. There used to be three teenage girls living next door, and in the summertime, their fights could get pretty loud.
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Sorry guys, but I can't stand cop callers. I think it's butting into other peoples business, and you have no right being there. My mom is a cop caller, and I always tell her she's crazy.

What people do in their own homes is their business. If they take it outside it's one thing, but to have the cops called on them b/c of fighting, or because a kid keeps calling their mom is just ridiculous. Unfortunately walls can be thin, or windows can be open, and you can hear alot of what's going on b/c houses are so close together, but people have a right to live their life without constantly having the cops called on them. I would be just LIVID if the cops showed up at my door b/c some neighbor couldn't keep her ear from my wall.

Now, granted, sometimes you can REALLY tell that a man is beating his wife, or if, in the case of the article, a child was crying, and pleading with the adult to stop, on more than one occasion, then I would have to say I'd get involved, but you don't know that every time a parent yells at a child, or a couple gets into a fight that it's an abusive situation. Worry about your own lives.
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Personally ,I think sometimes people are a little *too* private and not social enough because they feel it's "butting in". but I think we'd be better off if more people cared and asked questions and were more involved with each other as a society. Call me crazy, but I like knowing someone cares enough to call the police if I was involved in a fight loud enough to be audible to neighbors.I think it's better to be safe than sorry, and I could never lived with myself if I heard something going on next door, did nothing, and then found out someone was seriously injured or even killed. I would feel so guilty! Better to err on the side of caution.
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Sorry guys, but I can't stand cop callers. I think it's butting into other peoples business, and you have no right being there. My mom is a cop caller, and I always tell her she's crazy.

What people do in their own homes is their business. If they take it outside it's one thing, but to have the cops called on them b/c of fighting, or because a kid keeps calling their mom is just ridiculous. Unfortunately walls can be thin, or windows can be open, and you can hear alot of what's going on b/c houses are so close together, but people have a right to live their life without constantly having the cops called on them. I would be just LIVID if the cops showed up at my door b/c some neighbor couldn't keep her ear from my wall.

Now, granted, sometimes you can REALLY tell that a man is beating his wife, or if, in the case of the article, a child was crying, and pleading with the adult to stop, on more than one occasion, then I would have to say I'd get involved, but you don't know that every time a parent yells at a child, or a couple gets into a fight that it's an abusive situation. Worry about your own lives.
Originally Posted by babywavy
I don't give a rat's ass if people argue. If you are arguing I won't call the cops. If you are arguing loudly at an unreasonable hour I will leave a note and ask you to respect my sleep. But when my shelves are shaking because you are throwing someone into the wall that hard, you bet your ass I am calling the cops. If I think you are abusing a child then damn straight I am calling. I don't think privacy extends to beating people up.
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I agree with Geeky. I have called the cops and I would do it again. If I heard a kid (especialy a teenage boy) whimpering and telling his "dad" to stop something, I would call the cops so fast, he wouldn't know what hit him.
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There are situations when descentsy requires you to do something. When I lived in an apartment, yes I did call the cops when our neighbor was beating up his girlfriend. She came out all black and blue and he went to jail. She deserved better from me than that I "mind my own business"!

When I was at a public park with my then 3 year old DD, this little tiny girl was there all alone, dirty, hungry asking for food and drink. She lived next door to the park. Her baby sister would come into the yard with only a short shirt on, no diaper or pants, her girly parts out there for the world to see. We spent some time with this little girl, enough to know that she and her sister were unsupervised. Another parent and her husband were also concerned, so he went over and knocked. Nobody came out. We called the police and waited there for over an hour waiting for a patrol car to show up. Some fella that happened into this scene entered the house and found a man passed out in the back room, stoned off his a$$. Finally, the cop arrives. The man had left out of the back door with the two little girls, some girl jogging down the street informed us. The cop says he can't do anything since he didn't see anything. Fortunately, another officer arrived and followed the jogger down to the house where the man and the little girls went. He called the guy out and interviewed him. I saw that guy being taken away in cuffs. I did wait and make sure that officer had my contact info in case I was needed to testify in court to what I saw. Small children should never be left alone. I was outraged. Anyway, I got a card out of the blue, from the mom of the little girls, thanking me for taking action to protect her kids. Seems the judge thought that she was being "vindictive" when she told them that the father wasn't taking good care of them. His visits will be supervised from now on! Those kids could have been abducted, hit by a car or something even worse. It's our job to protect the innocent and helpless, otherwise we're no better that the abusers.


Sorry for the long winded reply, but my dander was up!



All it takes for evil to thrive is for descent men (insert people here) to stand by and do nothing. I really wish I could remember who said that, but at least I remember what was said LOL!
I wouldn't call dispatch I'd call the officer on his cell. With a situation like the OP qouted if you have a question pass the infomation along and let the officers do their job.

Who cares if someone gets mad.

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