What would you do if you heard someone hallowering for help?

United States
May 27, 2007 2:51am CST
Tonight while going over my emails around 1230am I heard what sounded like a gun shot and someone yelling for help. I ran out the front of the house with the telephone and all was quiet. I then ran to the back yard and could hear someone yelling at a distance, now what do I do? If I call the police what do I tell them? Do I say I heard a loud noise that sounded like a gun shot and someone yelling but I do not know where? Do I give the police my address and say it is in the neighborhood somewhere? I did nothing at that point I felt if I cannot tell the police where the help is needed I will not be much help. I did hear sierens after that so lets hope someone helped the poor women who was yelling. Now was it a gun shot I heard or a car back firing, I do not know. It did get my heart racing. I am not afraid for my safety, I just wish I could have helped whom ever was needing help. What would you do if you heard someone calling for help and could not find out where the noise came from? Would you call the police or would you do as I did and let things alone?
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@Norstar (695)
• India
27 May 07
I think you could have still contacted police and said what exactly you experienced and felt. They would have asked a few deatails and you could tell whatever you could tell. I understand that police people are quite well trained in your place and they would not harrass you if you can not tell the comoplete details. They could have also got some more tips from someone else and putting all the clues together, they would have been able to do something useful.
• United States
28 May 07
I have three responses and two of them said I should have called the police I will the next time. I guess since this is the first time it has ever happened to me I did not know what to do.
• Philippines
12 Jul 07
If I will call the police it may too late for the poor woman crying for help. I would definite phone or call some neighbors. We could all come out together and help the victim. It would be very risky to go out alone becoz we are not sure if something really happened. Some evil elements use gimmicks so they could rob you.
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@Rozie37 (15499)
• Turkmenistan
9 Jul 07
Up until age ten we lived in a housing project. There were gunshots sometime and my mother would tell us to get on the floor. If you go out you can get hit by a stray bullet. Now, I would probably grab a phone and fall on the floor and call 911. When you call 911 out here, your address automatically comes up on their computer. I would say that I heard something that sounded like a gunshot. Usually, someone else in the neighorhood will have called by then also, so you will not feel ashamed if you are mistaken.
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@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
28 May 07
If it were the middle of the night I don't think I would have left the house and gone looking. If I could see to give to give the police the information they needed to get to the person I would definately call. If I felt there was something I could do I would go out and do it. We have a lot of very drunk folks returning from the pub at weekend nights and I think we all keep half an ear out for trouble because we have had vandalism in the past. Luckily, there has never been any violence here yet.
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@gabs8513 (48712)
• United Kingdom
27 May 07
Where I used to live it was a regular thing at night every weekend but it was domestic so the Police would not really take much action on it. But like you I would only call the Police if I could actually see where it is so I can give them the Details
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