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Dear PoP – Potential Suspicious Behavior?

by Prince Of Petworth March 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm 38 Comments

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“Dear PoP,

I was waiting for the bus on 16th/Newton and noticed a suspicious man on bike sitting on NW corner of 16th St NW and Newton St (3400 block of 16th); sitting in shade, wearing all black (ie not standing out), on bike, for more than 5 minutes. Seems to be scoping out the area.

I didn’t want to confront the guy or call 911 (not an emergency) but can’t think of any other way to report this info. I tried texting 911 but that doesn’t work (not a bad idea though).

any thoughts?”

You can text MPD:

“Text 50411
Community members can now use their cell phones to anonymously text tips to the Metropolitan Police Department.

Give 5-0 the 411 with the new Text Tip Line: 50411. Text messages are monitored by members of the department 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tips are then analyzed and passed on to the appropriate unit or division for follow-up. Because the tip line is anonymous, the sender will not receive a response to the original message.”

It is probably nothing but not a bad idea to always be aware of your surroundings.


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