My neighbor Ann Kent's eloquent and impassioned letter to the News this week, together with an incident in the police reports, has jogged my memory. One night last week I heard a car so loud I thought it was a grabage truck. It seemed to go up and down my street then stopped idling nearby. I looked out my window and saw a car stopped diagonally across the street from my house. The driver must have spotted me, because after a minute or so he drove off.
Other residents of the south side of town reported someone with a loud muffler driving around the neighborhood. Apparently that same night, two houses were burgled.
The guy was casing my house, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt, telling myself he was probably just lost - perhaps looking for a house number. I have often made light of those police reports where villagers report suspicious vehicles near their homes. The next time I will call the police non-emergency number. We are lucky to have local dispatchers. We should take advantage of them to keep our neighborhoods safe.