The door was wide open!

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
August 18, 2008 8:40am CST
I took my daughter to her bus stop this morning. Right across the street is a house. The front door was left wide open. There is a car in the driveway. No one was coming in or out. We stood there for 15 minutes. Nothing, no activity. When I left the stop to walk home the front door was still wide open. This is 8:30 in the morning. Do you think this is strange? What would you do? I was thinking of calling the police.
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@nanayangel (7862)
• Philippines
18 Aug 08
Hi there Er's Mommy! I will call the police just to be sure. I'll tell them what happened so it'll be their decision if they'll check the place out or not.
@pkraj111 (2459)
• India
18 Aug 08
For us here, it is quite common. I myself would leave the door wide open and go roaming for hours. We are not afraid of robberies as our colony is a closely knit society and if we have some suspicions of some thing being wrong, we dont hesitate to go in and take a look
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@katsmeow1213 (29044)
• United States
18 Aug 08
I leave my front door open a lot to get some air. In my old place we had no screen doors, and we also had very few windows. Actually downstairs we had no windows at all, just the front and back doors, so I'd open them both to let the air in. So it could be no big deal at all, but I think if it stays open for awhile and you don't see the person who lives there at some point today, you may want to call someone about it.
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@overhere (516)
• United States
18 Aug 08
Definitely strange but how strange probably depends on where you live. Here in the depths of Ohio it isn't unheard of. It was one of the things that I noticed when I first visited in 2001 that now hubby would frequently go out and often not lock or shut the door. But if you live in an area where such actions would be unheard of then I think like you I'd definitely be concerned and would probably ring the police ..... I tend to have the discussion in my head of if I don't call and something was wrong would I forgive myself. Better to be viewed as a crazy neurotic neighbour ten times than fail to aid someone once!
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
18 Aug 08
This would make me curious too. If it were me I probably would have taken the time just to go the house and maybe yell into the door to see if anybody replied. And then I would possibly wait a little while before I would take action. Could have been that the people were in a rush and went to close the door and didn't realize it didn't close all of the way and a slight wind might have made it go open. I would just keep my eye on it and possibly call the police after a while.
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@bamakelly (5194)
• United States
29 Aug 08
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@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
19 Aug 08
I definitely think that is very strange and you did the right thing by not going to investigate. I'm not sure if I would have called the police or not. I guess I would have continued watching the house if I could to see if anything else strange would happen.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
18 Aug 08
It was a nice cool morning this morning. It is possible that they were just trying to get some air into the house. I sometimes leave the front door open in the morning time if it is nice outside. I just make sure the screen door is locked.
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• United States
18 Aug 08
I got up this morning, when my husband got up to go to work. At 6:45, I walked with him to the front door, and he got in his truck, while my car was still in the driveway. I don't have a screen door, and it happened to be about 5 degrees cooler outside than it was in my house, so I left the front door open. My son was still asleep, so I left the lights off to conserve energy, then I went to my laundry room to wash/dry a load, and fold the last load from yesterday. Probably took me 1/2 hour. Then I let the dog out the back door, still with the front open. I stood on the back porch for about another 1/2 hour. By then, it was about 7:45-8:00, and for over an hour I hadn't turned on any lights, and I was never visible from the front door, even if someone had walked up onto my porch to look in. Perhaps you are just missing key pieces of information. I'd be LIVID if one of my neighbors called the police, just because my front door was open and there APPEARED to be no activity, no matter what time of day. Especially if the neighbor hadn't even come to the door to check first. Before I go further, let me say this: WHATEVER YOU DO, TAKE YOUR CELL PHONE WITH YOU. You never know. On that note-- If you are friendly with your neighbor, you should walk over and call inside ("Anybody home?"). If not, you could do that anyway and introduce yourself. Let him/her know that you'd seen the door open, didn't know if anything was wrong, and you thought it'd be a good idea to check. {i}IF[/i] no one comes to the door after you've called a couple of times, then it's up to you if you want to call someone.
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@Natara (171)
• Canada
18 Aug 08
Maybe they didn't shut the door properly the night before and it opened by itself? And maybe they are still asleep?
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19 Aug 08
Hello ersmommy1, The front door was wide open? no sound at all? I would have gone towards the houee calling out to the occupants and if there was no reply I would knock at their neighbours house and then called the police. Did you fid out what happened? Tamara
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
19 Aug 08
No when I went back later, the door was closed.
@subha12 (18453)
• India
19 Aug 08
I do not know the scenario there. in our part of world, many time in day some peopel keep the door wide open fior hours. i am not telling there is no thief or burglers, but we do not acre sometime. may be there was something wrong inside.
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• Australia
19 Aug 08
lol yeah if it was my house i probably rolled in smashed the night before and forgot to shut the door before i crashed out! ! Ringing the police could have been understandable imagine doing nothing and then seeing the house on the news that night or something, with a horrible story of what happened.
@Ivanak (129)
• China
19 Aug 08
I will walk to see what happen. Maybe the house master just leave and forget close the door.
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@Ithink (10495)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Here where I live I do open and leave the door open in the morning. In fact most of the day but it is a small town and such. I dont know if that is normal for where you are. Did you see if it was open later on too?
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• United States
18 Aug 08
I had a similar situation happen to me. I was going for a walk with my friend and we passed a house. The front door was open and for a while nothing was happening. We had both brought our cellphones with us so I called the police and gave them the street name and address. I was a little worried as well because this was so close to home for myself. The officers came and slowly made their way to the door. The called out and rang the bell a few times. Once they made their way in it was quiet for a moment. When they returned outside there was an elderly women following them. When asked what had happened she said that she returned home and guess she forgot to shut the door behind her. She was hard of hearing so she didn't hear the officers approaching her. I felt scared for her and at the same time relieved. I was glad that I had reached that door at that given point in time because if it had been someone else, she might not have been so lucky. And with her hearing issue anyone could take advantage of that. I was just glad to see her safe and watched as she shut the door behind her.....and locked it!
@kenzie45230 (3560)
• United States
18 Aug 08
From the responses you've already received, it probably depends on where you live and what is "normal" for your neighbor or neighborhood. In my neighborhood, if anyone left a door wide open, it would be strange. There are kids who would go in and out without invitation. Dogs that aren't supposed to be loose, but are. People just would not ever leave a door open and go about their business. So, if I observed what you did, I would definitely call the police. I WOULD NOT go close to the house, even to hollar. Perhaps I watch too many crime shows, but I would not feel safe poking my head in and shouting for the neighbor. One never knows...
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
24 Aug 08
Well that does seem strange for the door to remain open like that unless they were airing the house out maybe someone burnt toast or bacon and wanted the smells to hurry out. I would maybe called and said you were worried about your neighbor becuase of the door being open for a long period of time. So it has been six days..was anything wrong? Dis the door eventually get closed?
@Bluepatch (2480)
• Trinidad And Tobago
19 Aug 08
It is unusual and I think I saw it happen once here in Port of Spain, I'm not sure. I guess it might be wise to call the cops but it may be simply that somebody was so preocupied mentally that they forgot to shut the door. Its really a matter of who has the best judgement.
@gemini_rose (16194)
19 Aug 08
I do not know what I would do to be honest, it does seem a bit weird though to have the door wide open and no sign of activity!
@mimico (3619)
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
Well perhaps they just wanted to air out the house. I'm sure someone was guarding the house from the inside. Isn't it a little sad when the perfect life characterized by being safe and sound in your neighborhood is so foreign to us that we think there's something wrong when a door is left open for a few minutes? I wish we can all be as carefree.