Neighborhood Watch—Failed!

I blew it! I might as well throw in the towel and turn in my badge. Yes, it’s true. I’m a failure at my neighborhood watch. Blame it on Daylight Savings. You know, that fall back, spring forward thing. This weekend, we all fell back and I’m not even sure if now this means that we’re on real time or not. Blame it on my friend, Evelyn, who had a big milestone birthday bash (though I won’t tell you which milestone). And, while you’re at it, might as well blame it on me having too much to drink at said party. I can’t help it if I’m a sucker for Mojitos and I drank one!

One of the cops making the arrest looked like Harrison Ford, probably in his Indiana Jones days.

Bottom line, when I should have been watching my neighborhood, I was slacking—blissfully asleep at 1:37 a.m. Sunday morning. Which is when, according to my neighbor, Tony, the police descended on our complex—with bullhorns, I might add—and probably guns at the ready, to arrest a woman. Tall, mid-forties blonde, hair disheveled. But who can blame her at 1:37 a.m.? Wow, unlike me, Tony was really paying attention. He saw it all because he was awoken and he’s not even on my neighborhood watch!

Apparently, according to Tony, there was a warrant out for this woman’s arrest. And I missed it! I bet there were even helicopters hovering overhead and I missed it! Maybe even military copters, too. Worse yet, one of the cops might have been Harrison Ford, or at least looked like the actor, while the other looked like one of the Baldwin’s. And I missed it! If you ask me, Harrison Ford at any age is a keeper!

When the police used their bullhorns to demand that the woman come out of her home, she must have wished she’d known she would be brought to justice by Officer Ford and one of the Baldwin’s. She probably wished she’d been given time to put on some makeup and comb out her “bed” hair. That’s what I would’ve done. Which just goes to show you, my mother was always right when she said, “Never go to bed in ratty pajamas. You never know who’s going to see you in them.” I bet she wasn’t even thinking of Harrison Ford.

My chance to step up and I missed it. Simply because I slept through it! I could have helped the police and brought out my own bullhorn—which I purchased months ago, waiting for such an opportunity as this one. I could have used it to let the police know that they could count on me. I’d say to the Harrison Ford cop, “What’s the trouble, officer?” and “10-4,” when he replied. I would have let him know that the assailant—or whatever they were calling her—had never before been seen in this vicinity (at least that’s what yet another neighbor swore to me). And I’d assure him, that had I known she was wanted by the law, I personally would have called the police right away.

But I couldn’t do these things because I was asleep at the switch. Conked out at the wheel. Me, who wakes up at the sound of rain. And what about my dog, Henry? What’s his excuse? He didn’t awaken either! Like Lassie, he could have barked to warn me that there was trouble afoot. Some watchdog.

What else is going on in my community while I’m sleeping? What other crimes are happening right under my unaware nose? Sigh. I haven’t a clue. But one thing’s clear. My neighborhood watch is doomed.

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9 thoughts on “Neighborhood Watch—Failed!

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  2. I don’t agree that you were a failure at your Neighborhood Watch, other than you missed the excitement. Which, as I’ve learned from several years as my neighborhood’s sole Watcher and from participating in CrimeWatch and the Citizens Police Academy, isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The last thing the PD wants is a civilian blundering into a crime scene with a bullhorn while they are going about their business. That puts them in the position of having to worry about your safety as well. I found myself in the middle of a police pursuit while walking down the street in my neighborhood recently. Very scary and very dangerous. Just keep watching out for anything that seems out of the ordinary and calling 911. Also, keep a camera handy, in case you catch someone in the act, that evidence can help police identify perpetrators and prosecutors make a case against them.

    Keep watching your neighborhood.

    Laura Adams

  3. I’m still stuck on “brought out my own bullhorn—which I purchased months ago,” Saturday… Nordstrom’s, Sunday…..Police Supply Warehouse?????

  4. If you missed an encounter with someone as seriously sexy as Harrison Ford, that is an epic fail — and not even mojitos can justify it!

    And the worst part: You’ll never know!

    Oh well. Hope the sleep was worth it… 😉

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