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May 13th, 2000

Police Report Paranoia

When I was young, my dad was head of the local Neighborhood Watch. Each month a policeman would come to our door to deliver the crime report for the previous month. I got a strange enjoyment out of reading about the various crimes in our town, probably because there were never any in my development to worry about.

The town I live in now publishes their police report daily on their web site. I’ve made it a part of my lunchtime reading, more to inform myself abut what’s going on than anything else. But I’ve found that reading these police reports is making me somewhat paranoid. Because of the layout of our town, there are usually a number of things that happen within a mile or two of our house (though frequently they’re verbal disputes, car accidents, and such — not much in the way of residential burglery). Is this one of those cases where you can have too much information?

One thing that actually helped my paranoia was when my car was egged a few weeks back. I went online and saw that about 20 other cars had been egged that night and nights previous. -ram

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Robert
DATE: Saturday May 13, 2000 -- 1:53:00PM
Some punks smashed the back window of my old car a few months back after my high school's homecoming game. I hate that place and everyone in it!

I think that vaguely has something to do with this topic.

RAM--Do you also check out the restaurant closings in the Post on Thursdays? THAT will make you wary...



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Saturday May 13, 2000 -- 10:05:14PM
Restaurant closings? No... how come?



FROM: Robert
DATE: Monday May 15, 2000 -- 10:31:14AM
It's the list of places that get shut down for, among other reasons, rodent infestation, unclean food contact surfaces and the like. I watch to know where I should avoid.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 15, 2000 -- 11:19:14AM
Wow -- didn't even know that existed. I assume it's on the Web site as well, huh?



FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday May 15, 2000 -- 12:43:25AM
A restaurant near school was shut down by Chicago last year, when Mayor Daley went on a big crackdown.

The thing I wondered was, when they reopen do they have specials? "We just cleaned our kitchen specials"? "We bribed the inspector enough to reopen combo #12"?



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday May 15, 2000 -- 2:36:51PM
Here's a really bizarre entry in the police reports from over the weekend:


Automobile Accidents
A 1996 Toyota pick-up truck was struck on the driver's side door and front quarter panel by a deer. Damage $2,500. No charges were placed.


Were they planning on hunting down the deer and charging him with something?



FROM: Robert
DATE: Tuesday May 16, 2000 -- 12:27:05AM
I hope they nail that deer's ass to the wall!

Ryan -- I check the restaurant closings in the Virginia Weekly section that comes out on Thursdays. This is the same section with the police reports.

Today my folks took me to a restaurant that they previous decided to avoid because of "flagrant violations of the health code" as per the Post. I hope they wised up, otherwise I could be sick for longer.



FROM: Ryan
DATE: Wednesday May 17, 2000 -- 11:58:15AM
Another great entry in the online police reports:

Missile at a Moving Vehicle
An object was reported thrown from a school bus at a moving vehicle. There was no damage to the victim's vehicle.


A missile...?



FROM: Matt
DATE: Monday May 22, 2000 -- 1:20:52PM
Ryan- in fairfax county public schools, anything thrown or any projectiles are referred to as missles. Pretty lame eh?

Rob- I always read those health violations in the paper. I become very hesitant about eating in DC at anyplace. I think if I move to the city someday I will stick to my own grub.



FROM: Ken
DATE: Tuesday December 21, 2004 -- 5:15:38 pm
The website? thats very interesting, i may check my townships out, but throwing missiles at cars from the bus is terrible fun especially throwing atomic ones like soda bottles, but it you carpet bomb with paper balls that does a lot of damage.



FROM: AMAZED
DATE: Sunday November 13, 2005 -- 11:14:58 am
WHEN OUR LOCAL PAPER STARTED IT 15 YEARS AGO OR SO..YOU WOULD SEE..SUSPICIUOS PERSON 1500 BLOCK MAIN ST. SUS.PERSON 1600 BLOCK MAIN ST. SUS PERSON 1700 BLOCK MAIN ST,..IT WAS "ME" WALKING HOME AFTER WORK..THE CRIMEWATCH REPORT WAS STUPID TILL THE POLICE AND THE NEWSPAPERS LEARNED HOW TO DO THIS..



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