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  •  Scary indeed but just what do you (12+ / 0-)

    expect the police to do when you have no identifying leads for them to go on?  I am always willing to call out police when they are not doing their job, but the do need something to work with.  I have had the angry white guy yelling at me from the car next door before, with my kids in the car.  It is freaky.  They will all settle down in a week or two.  I take my O/B magnet off when we go to the shooting range.  Why invite trouble...

    •  getting the plate number: (9+ / 0-)

      If you have a cellphone, call the police while the incident is in progress.  

      If you have a camera or camera phone, take pictures at maximum fidelity so the license plate number can be recovered.

      If you have neither, keep a small note pad and a couple of pencils in a place in the vehicle that you can easily reach while driving.

      A pencil will work regardless of heat, cold, humidity, or moisture, unlike a pen that may take a bit of scratching before it starts writing, or a marker that may dry out in a hot parked car.  

      Practice at short-term memorizing license plate numbers.  One way to do this is to randomly pick a vehicle ahead of you, and read the plate number out loud.  

      Keep repeating the number out loud: doing that provides an input to auditory memory as well as the visual memory of seeing the plate number.  It may be useful to do this in a sing-songy voice, with a bit of a melody and rhythm to it, to provide tonal and rhythmic hooks for memory as well.  

      Keep repeating it out loud until you have a moment to write it down.   And then write it down on your notepad as a test exercise (cross it out later so it isn't confused with some other plate number you might take down, for example a drunk driver you want to report).

      Do that exercise occasionally to stay in practice.  

      It will help considerably if/when you ever find yourself attacked, and also if you ever see a drunk driver or witness a crime involving a vehicle.  

      While we're at it, here's how to do a suspect description:

      This method is based on starting with characteristics that are least changeable and most noticeable from a distance, and then the characteristics that are most easily changed or can only be seen from up close:

      Color, gender, height, build, clothes top, clothes bottom, hair, visible marks.

      For example:  "Suspect is white, male, about six feet tall, heavy-set, light blue shirt with collar and long sleeves, dark pants, straight dark hair down to his collar, tattoo on right arm."

      Notice that "age" is missing from that list because it is surprisingly difficult to estimate others' ages at a distance.  Even the distinction between "younger / middle-aged / older" breaks down at the boundaries between 30s - 40s, and 60s - 70s.  However if you think you're pretty sure about at least the "younger/middle/older" distinction for a given suspect, tag that on at the end.

      You can also get in practice with this by occasionally picking a person at random and doing the exercise silently, or if driving, repeating the information out loud as a memory aid.  

      If you report an incident to the police and give them a description of a suspect in this way, it will make it easier for them to use the information rapidly and effectively.

      Now we've got our future back.

      by G2geek on Fri Nov 09, 2012 at 02:14:48 PM PST

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      •  I could describe the perp (0+ / 0-)

        I got a good look at him as he was charging across the highway at me. The cop didn't even want to hear it. I can describe him to a T. Caucasian male, 5'7" to 5'9" 230-260 lbs, mid to late 30's maybe early 40's. small featured face, round face. goatee. Close cropped hair, semi balding, but not shaved head.

        I had barely a second to see a flash of his plate while he was cutting me off and slamming on his breaks.

        During my evasive driving I was unable to reach for my phone, unlock it, open the camera app, switch to video mode, and begin filming.

        I seriously hate Florida. (not Floridians)

        by eye h8 Florida on Sat Nov 10, 2012 at 04:49:34 AM PST

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