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Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« on: January 20, 2020, 10:53:33 AM »
I was dozing, having gotten up for the day and then laid back down for a minute. Heard someone using the knocker on our front door. By the time I got up and thew some clothes on, and got to the door, nobody was there. Looked down the stairwell and saw two uniformed police leaving the building. Looked out front, and yep, cop van. They got in and left.

So, we're in a supposedly secure building. Someone had to have let them in. Not sure what they wanted with me, but my assumption is that something has happened in the building and they were checking to see if any neighbors heard anything. Odd thing is, I'm here almost all the time, and usually up very late. And I'm turning into a curtain-twitcher anyway, so.... Or I guess they could have been looking for someone? Or perhaps a car was broken into.

I'll never know, I guess, unless the landlord sends out a letter in a few months, as they did when there was an attempted break-in at the next-door building.  ::)


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2020, 01:20:34 PM »


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2020, 01:22:28 PM »
By the way, I just wasted 20 minutes of my day browsing all the recent crimes in Glasgow looking for one that would fit Nan.  It's time for me to get a new contract!


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2020, 03:11:30 PM »
By the way, I just wasted 20 minutes of my day browsing all the recent crimes in Glasgow looking for one that would fit Nan.  It's time for me to get a new contract!

I've wasted more time on less worthy pursuits.  Well done, Jimbo!
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2020, 03:37:21 PM »
Where's Sirius?  I'm sure she could come up with some suggestions.


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2020, 03:54:22 PM »
Maybe call, the police to ask what they wanted?
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2020, 04:02:21 PM »
Come on Durhamlad, give us a suggestion.  What did those policeman want to ask Nan about?


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2020, 05:27:03 PM »
Maybe they wanted some more information about this?

https://www.glasgowlive.co.uk/news/glasgow-news/police-seize-763k-cannabis-haul-17574917


Oh, crap, they're onto me!  ;)  It must be the glow-light in the kitchen that's given me away.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2020, 05:27:33 PM »
By the way, I just wasted 20 minutes of my day browsing all the recent crimes in Glasgow looking for one that would fit Nan.  It's time for me to get a new contract!

Hahahah. Yeah, you do.


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2020, 05:32:32 PM »
Maybe call, the police to ask what they wanted?

They charge you to phone the police! I'll be damned if I'm paying to call the police about anything.  >:(

I emailed instead. We are literally on the border between two precincts (or whatever they call them here). The one closest wrote back and said "If they wanted to talk to you, they'd have left a card." (So why knock on the door, then?) The other one said we were just over the line into the first one's territory, but they looked on their system and saw no recent activity in our area.

SO I emailed the letting agent. Said we were about to go out, but if he'd let us know if he'd heard anything we'd appreciate it. So I got home to an answering machine message saying to phone him back.  I tried three times now, over a space of two hours, and it just rings. So, I emailed back and said I'd tried to call and would be in tomorrow afternoon....

I wonder if it's the former resident of the flat they're looking for? She was getting all sorts of dunning notices and stuff from creditors, and we had at least one bill collector show up looking for her when we very first moved in. Well, unless the landlord knows, or they come back, we're not going to know.  Wah!

(I'm one of those people who when something curious happens it just drives them nuts until they find out what's going on.)


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2020, 07:43:25 PM »
I would also want to know, and I strongly suspect  that your persistence will get to the bottom of this.
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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2020, 10:53:02 PM »
The landlord had no idea. They'd not been notified of anything. He called 101 and said they'd told him the same thing - if they wanted to talk to me, they'd have left a card. However, they DID knock on the door, so they must have wanted something? And the time between me hearing them and getting to the door was such that they only had time to go down the several flights of steps to the front door, meaning they didn't knock on anyone else's door after mine. They could have previously been on floors above, but they apparently went straight down and out after our door. 

I wonder who let them in the building? Unless they happened to be coming in when someone was going out, they'd have to have buzzed a flat to be let in. At 9:00am on a work/school-day the potentials are pretty slim - there's not a lot of people in the building at that time of day. Just old people and students'-wives-who-can't-work, I think. Next time I see the "across the way" neighbor I'll ask her if she knows what's up.  Otherwise, I think I'm not going to know, on this one. Hmmmm....

We've been good, so it shouldn't be the immigration police.
Not coming to tell me ghastly news about the Daughter, as she was in the back room snoring at the time.
Can't be a traffic offense - no car.
Finances are in order, so it isn't like a bad check or anything.
Not a member of any subversive organizations (haven't got the energy).
I guess it could be a dead not-in-contact-with relative or something, but I would think then a card would have been left.
If they were looking for the deadbeat prior tenant, I'd think they'd have buzzed the flat? Or maybe not.

Arrrrgh! ::) 8)
« Last Edit: January 20, 2020, 10:57:52 PM by Nan D. »


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Re: Hmm, this doesn't bode well
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2020, 03:52:56 PM »
A Detective Constable came knocking on our door a few months ago. Someone had had their car stolen from their driveway on our street in the early hours a week earlier and he was asking if anyone had seen anything suspicious (our bedroom is out back so no chance of us being disturbed). We have a Nest Doorbell so he was very interested in our camera and asked if we had perhaps captured some video of the thieves walking past our drive. I brought up the history on my iPad and we could quite clearly see and identify him walking up the street, visiting our neighbour across the road then walking up our drive.

Unfortunately I only pay to keep 5 days of history so I told him that if he had come in a more timely manner then I would have footage and could have saved the relevant clips to my PC and passed them onto to him.
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