strangers in the neighborhood

United States
July 8, 2012 1:38am CST
The kids were out on their scooters in the road (supervised) since the heat had finally been pushed out of here. I look up and I see 3 young men in our neighborhood, now it's a small neighborhood and a dead end so we know everyone and recognize their visitors (except the renters of course...who's there changes like underwear). So they just start walking down our road for no reason at all. They are very much out of place as we know everyone. So they walk down the block and back up and back to the main road/highway and cross the street. Across the street is a restaurant that attracts unsavory characters / elements to our area. Several neighbors were out watching them walk down the road. The one I respect the most came out and said he was looking out his living room and saw them and went and sat outside to have a smoke to watch these people. We can only speculate why they were down here was it to scope out the neighborhood? wear off their meal? cause trouble? Now also a few weeks ago there were two men that did not belong in our neighborhood who looked suspicious also that walked down our road and back then went to the highway and continued to walk to the north as I could see them thru the neighbors yard that is next to a small chunk of vacant commercial property. I'm sure this will sound weird to you but it's like who are you and what business do you have here? We don't have side walks, we are not a regular street where people who don't live her mosey around like in other neighborhoods. We are not on the way to anywhere, but a dead end into the woods/swamp. We get the occasional lost soul who thought we were a back road parallel to the highway but a pair and now a trio walking down our road and back is just odd.
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@GardenGerty (101599)
• United States
8 Jul 12
If something like that happened here, my local police would want to know about it, and would step up their patrols. One time might have been an accident, but twice looks really suspicious. I am glad your neighborhood looks out for itself as well and watches for strangers.
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• United States
13 Jul 12
I agree if I see them again the sheriff will be notified.
@JenInTN (27565)
• United States
8 Jul 12
It makes me feel funny if I see someone walking down the street too. My neighborhood is completely residential but it does connect a couple of busy streets so as far as people driving, it's not odd to see different cars and such. Walking is different though. There are certain neighbors that walk pretty regularly but when I see someone that I don't recognize..it makes me a little uneasy. There have been some pretty nasty crimes happen over the past couple of years and I guess that plays into it too.
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• United States
8 Jul 12
Exactly! And a group of 3?!?! It's not like it was one person moseying down the road it was 3. Usually if it's one person it's some solicitor wanting to fix up your house or sell you a magazine subscription.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
8 Jul 12
These days it's important to be watchful of changes in your neighborhood. Strangers, who appear to have no purpose are especially noted. It's good that your neighbors not only note their presence but also show themselves so that anyone taking a close look can see that you all are alert. If these people are up to no good, most of the time they will move off toward a less guarded place. Blessings
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• United States
8 Jul 12
I hope they saw that there were enough people out and observing things that they'd forget about causing any trouble here. My dog was even barking at them and I didn't tell him to hush either. Dogs know who doesn't belong just as people do!
@dragon54u (31634)
• United States
8 Jul 12
Do you have an organized neighborhood watch? You should write down their descriptions, what they were wearing, the date and time, etc. That might be important if you see them again, memory is very fleeting and you can't tell the cops they were there sometime in the last month, you need a date--this if they cause any trouble or try to talk to one of the kids, etc. While I don't encourage paranoia, I do think we all need to be watchful. Writing things down helps because while you might not remember seeing someone specifically, your notes can remind you and ring the alarm bell when they return for the 3rd or 4th time. Get license plates if they drive, etc. There are so many people that are up to no good these days. There always have been but they seem to be particularly conscienceless and savage right now.
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• United States
8 Jul 12
Good points Dragon! No car just on foot, which is strange in itself as there are no side walks other than several blocks away. Most people around here travel by car or bus. As mentioned the restaurant that attracts "elements" is across the road/highway and the sheriff is over there more than any other business that I am aware of nearby. That's my worry why mosey across the 4 lane road/highway, across a grocery store parking lot to walk down our road that goes no where?
@bjc66bjc (6745)
• United States
13 Jul 12
Hi I live on a one way street for the first block but there are so many people in the area I have no idea who lives here because so many ethnic people live here that seems to multiply daily.. I live approximately 50-75 feet away from the sidewalk and as long as I don't see anyone in the space between the sidewalk and the building, I am good..Hundreds of people walk this sidewalk everyday... Once they are in that space it becomes a real problem because its so far away from the sidewalk and you can not go any place else coming up into that area... There are so many untrustworthy people in the world its just hard to be suspicious...
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
11 Jul 12
That is very much the way that things are in our neighborhood as well and I would be the first person that would call the police when there was something going on with our street that I know s just not right. The last time that we had strangers wandering around our neighborhood, it turned out that these people had parked their vehicles at the end of our street and were using the railroad tracks near here as a get away route when they were attempting to steal from a scrapyard that is a few blocks away from here.
@Shellyann36 (11283)
• United States
9 Jul 12
It is a sad state of affairs when people have to worry about strange faces on their roadways or walking in their neighborhood. I totally understand what you are saying. Who knows if they are casing the neighborhood to see if there was anything interesting they could take or to see if people in the neighborhood were active and vigilant about protecting what they have. I hope that they were not up to anything of a devious and malicious nature. Thank goodness there were so many people out and about on your street to possibly ward them off. Keep your eyes open!
@fannitia (2170)
• Bulgaria
8 Jul 12
Hi, 3SnuggleBunnies, I'm trying to imagine what it like to live in a secluded neighbourhood like yours. I've lived all my life in the middle of a city and almost all the people who walk past my building are strangers to me. Maybe it's better to know your neighbours, to know what goes on around. But I remember one story that happened years ago. I was in high school and I made a trip with a friend to a place with a beautiful natural landmark. On our way back we lost the road to the village when we had to pick up a bus. We asked a local shepherd and he was surprised to see us wander just like that in the fields. He showed us a road and it turned out that it wasn't the right one. Maybe he was suspicious because we were strangers and he wanted to chase us away from his neighbourhood.