Stranger came up our driveway twice. Should I call the police?
April 16, 2014 2:03 PM Subscribe
My brother tells me that he saw a white pickup truck park outside our house. An older guy in his 60's or 70's walked up the driveway about 3/4 of the way, turned away from our house, stood there watching the street for about 10 seconds, then walked down. He repeated all of these actions one more time, then left. We had no cars at the house at the time, so I'm assuming he thought no one was home. Considering he didn't knock and came up twice, I'm worried about this and am wondering if it would be going too far to call the police. Can you think of any other possible reasons for someone to act in this way? Details inside.
posted by Thanquol180 to Law & Government (27 answers total)
Extra details: From what my brother tells me, the vehicle had a small symbol on it but he couldn't make it out. He said it might have been a city symbol. He thinks it might be the animal warden or an irritated neighbor, since we have had complaints about our cats roaming the street in the past and the biggest offender got outside yesterday. The man didn't seem to check the inside of our house and instead seemed to be surveying the street, so we wonder if he was checking to see if our cats were in another lawn. But if it was the animal warden he would at least try knocking or leave something, right?
We were also considering the possibility that he was contemplating a crime. But from my brother's description, the man looked old enough to possibly be retired, was decently dressed (not a suit, but not t-shirt. My brother doesn't remember many of the details) and did not seem the type. Also, would a guy really come up a driveway in broad daylight if he was considering a robbery? And why would he do so twice, and only look at the street?
Any and all advice, or other possible explanations for his behavior would be appreciated.