Yesterday I was loading my car in my garage. My garage and door to my home were both open when I heard a man say hello. When I walked to the door he said he lived down the street and there were shots fired at his house and asked to come in to call the cops. I told him I would call and quickly closed the garage. The good news is he was apprehended and we are safe. While the interaction was brief I learned some really important lesson.
It took me 10 mins to get on the phone with the local Police Department. I called from my cell which took me to the County 911 of the next county, I did not realize until she asked for my city. She transferred me to the right county who finally transferred me to the local PD. The phone rang 5-10 times before they answered. One of the 1st two 911 operators asked me not to leave the house and stay on the phone with them. The local operator took my phone number and address and said the police were dispatched. While on the phone I watched the same man try and get into my neighbors yard. It made me so nervous what if the man was in my house. What if my daughter was home, she would have either been strapped in the car seat, alone in the garage or would have ran out to say hi.
After over 30 minutes I had my husband call the non emergency number. They shared with him that the man had been apprehended. I was disappointed and upset that no one called me or came by the house. I was freaking out pacing my house and did not know it was safe to leave my house.
What did I learn?
- Even if you live in a safe neighborhood you need to be heads up and aware.
- Don't leave your garage door open. I should have waited to open it until I had fully loaded the car,
- Always have your cell phone with you. Mine was already in the car. If he had forced his way into my home I don't know what I would have done. We don't have a house phone.
- Time to teach Bailey after stranger danger.
- When calling 911 from your cell share your city information to ensure you have gotten to the right location.
- Tell the 911 operator what you need. When she took my address and number I assumed they would call me or come by with an update. They did not. I should have requested this so I knew it was safe.
Any other tips I have missed?