By Kimberly Clarke Armatis
How many of us have hesitated to notify the police when we see something or someone suspicious? We all say we are going to call, but many of us hesitate when the time comes.
Will the police expect me to stop everything and fill out a report?
Will the police give my name out as the one who alerted them?
Will the police consider it silly that I have called?
The answer is NO to all of these questions. The police cannot just pull over and question someone. But if a concerned citizen calls in, they can then act. The operator may ask for your name and phone number. It is ok to give them that information, and it actually will help the police who are answering the call. It is not going on the report nor will the suspicious person(s) ever know who made the call. You do not have to fill out a report or meet the police anywhere. You can continue on to the grocery or carpool or business meeting or wherever you need to go.
If you feel something is not right, it usually isn’t. And the police believe this as well. They need the community’s helpful watch.
Let the criminals know that people are watching and will call the police. Maybe they will think twice about returning.
Keep New Orleans safe. It is a special place!
The writer, Kimberly Clarke Armatis, is an Uptown resident.