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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    Ok what about illegal aliens then

    Dude if I saw some aliens I would totally be calling dateline or something. STAT, mofo. US weekly? 60 minutes? Who does aliens these days? Scientology?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Dude if I saw some aliens I would totally be calling dateline or something. STAT, mofo. US weekly? 60 minutes? Who does aliens these days? Scientology?
    Deport them back to Mars!!! Can you imagine if they were illegal gay aliens?

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    Assuming she meant illegal immigrants, I'll bite.

    It's far more likely that I would know if my neighbors were selling drugs or keeping children in tents in the backyard than if they were here illegally. Next, I would weigh the risk. How much danger is my neighbor putting my family in? Some things my neighbors do may be a nuisance but it's not illegal; some things may be illegal but not a threat to me or my family.

    Drug dealing, drinking and driving, shooting firearms into the air, burning trash in the backyard, etc. need to be reported. A loud party, smelling pot, sparklers on the 4th or July, etc., while may be something I could report, I'm not going to.

    Really, I'm not in a position to call the police for illegal immigrants. In my profession, it's don't ask/don't tell. I'm going to take the same approach with my neighbors. Assume they are here legally because I have no reason to believe otherwise.

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    Thanks Ethan for taking a higher road... Why not take the same approach with a gun that may or may not be "illegal".
    Maybe we just live in way different areas, because I would NEVER call on anyone with a gun unless they threatened me with it. I would never call for burning trash either.
    But I would call for those things if I lived in the city maybe.. depends what the person was doing with the gun.

    I brought up Illegal immigration because it is another law that people you know might be breaking.. do you turn in your neighbor.. where is your line? That was my point.. again different people draw the line in different places.
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    double pst
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivergallery View Post
    Thanks Ethan for taking a higher road... Why not take the same approach with a gun that may or may not be "illegal".
    Maybe we just live in way different areas, because I would NEVER call on anyone with a gun unless they threatened me with it. I would never call for burning trash either.
    But I would call for those things if I lived in the city maybe.. depends what the person was doing with the gun.

    I brought up Illegal immigration because it is another law that people you know might be breaking.. do you turn in your neighbor.. where is your line? That was my point.. again different people draw the line in different places.
    I guess that's what it all boils down to. Our preceived risk v. not making waves with the neighbors.
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    What EW said. I don't care if you call on someone who is here illegally. Honestly. I completely hate our immigration policies and want them to change but I also believe in following the laws that are set. I probably wouldn't call on a neighbor unless I thought they were going to do something with that gun they have illegally. However, I don't quite get the outrage about reporting on others doing illegal activities.

    For the record, I have called on : suspicious cars and door to door salespeople (not kids with candy bars nor people who identify as living on my street) as they are not allowed to solicit door to door in my town and it's usually some stupid scam. I've called on reckless driving as well.

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    Funny random story. We once called the police about a suspicious car parked across the street from our house for a prolonged period of time. It really freaked us out. My husband was going to go run some errands and didn't feel comfortable leaving with that car still out there. He had to call the police twice and the second time they fessed up that it was an undercover operation focusing on the train station across the street!

    Anyway this tip line was created in early 2012. They recently decided that they needed to make people aware of it, and are targeting specific areas that have high crime rates. It's not like you can make a phone call and watch the police come after your neighbors. You make a call and they take down the info and then go investigate, which can sometimes mean looking up official records and not showing up at your neighbor's house demanding to see paperwork. It doesn't pit neighbor against neighbor, it helps people who are afraid because their neighbors are illegally armed.

    We'll see what happens now that the word is out there more than it was, but my guess is that people will be too intimidated to use it anyway.
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    If you feared for your safety and wanted to turn your neighbour in because you felt they were not safe, you would not need a $500 reward. A $500 reward encourages people who would not have other wise turned someone in to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    If you feared for your safety and wanted to turn your neighbour in because you felt they were not safe, you would not need a $500 reward. A $500 reward encourages people who would not have other wise turned someone in to do so.
    No but you'd need a tipline.
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