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June 15, 2011

Two “see something, say something” reports from America

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Christopher Bellavita on June 15, 2011

The following Police Blotter items — reprinted below, and without comment — are from my town’s weekly paper.


Suspicious Vehicle

Caller advised seeing an older male inside a vehicle in park parking lot. Advised that it appeared the subject was pleasuring himself. Contact made with subject, who was rolling newspapers.



Suspicious Condition

Reporting person believes a human arm is stuck in a tree near Silk Creek area. Caller has observed it through his binoculars. Better binoculars helped determine item to be a branch hanging from a tree.


If you see something… from http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?a=1386&q=424498
Man rolling news paper from http://www.flickr.com/photos/brandace/3873140495/
Tree from http://hubpages.com/hub/Abract-Art-Free-Images-in-the-Public-Domain

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Comment by John Comiskey

June 16, 2011 @ 4:38 am

If you see something say something is a good idea. It is about civic duty and a mindset. Sometimes it evokes humor.

Pre-9/11 NYPD used to receive reports of an unattended suitcase v/o the UN. It turned out to be part of a statue. 100+ calls later we figured it out.

Getting past laughing and especially being laughed at should be part of HLS. Call, call, call we’ll (the authorities) will do something and we might laugh when we get there. Actually, laughing at the humorous and observing the obscure we’re some of the best times of my career.

A compilation of when you see something –say something funnies and obscurities would make a great coffee table book.

But (it would seem that there is always a but). This is not an invitation to say something when you’re bored or curious about an obscurity.
Mindful of the wasted man-hours and resources that respond to needless false alarms, prudent citizens should use common sense –just the same common sense in the Panian sense is not so clear anymore.

Okay we’ll revert to a preference for laughing.

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