"I've seen a man (2-3 times) hanging out around 79th & New England at the bus stop.. Sometimes hiding in the bushes.. Peeking out at people when they walk by. I'm not sure what this man is doing, but this is very scary. (I have small children) I've also seen him across the street from my house as well.. Walking back and forth, in circles.. Like he doesn't know what he's doing. White male, between 20-30 yrs old, white shirt, glasses, blonde-ish hair. I've been convinced that the next time I see him, I should dial 911.. But could you PLEASE post something about this so people in my area can keep an eye out and BE CAREFUL!? Thanks much!!"
The Burbank Beat contacted Division Chief Mike Dudlo of the Burbank Police Department with this information. The message writer's instincts were correct, next time they should call 9-1-1. Below is Officer Dudlo's response:
"I would like to inform your followers the importance of calling 911. Most times, people are afraid to “get involved,” but those are the most important times to do so. More times than not; we hear how someone has seen something suspicious or witnessed a crime occur but did not act on calling the police. When people “look out” for others and call 911, officers can respond to investigate further. Sometimes it turns out to be nothing but other times we find out that the suspicious person was “up to no good.” In any case, it is the job of the police to respond and investigate suspicious activity further.
When the public calls 911 on suspicious activity (or witnessing a crime occur), the more information they are able to give the better (i.e. description of subject(s) involved – clothing, height, weight, tattoos, hair color, approx. age). What is it that makes the actions of this person(s) suspicious? What was the last direction of travel? Was there a vehicle involved (give as much detail of the vehicle as possible – license plate, color, 2 or 4 doors, wheels, window tint, make and model)?
I would hope that your follower(s) wouldn’t wait after several times of observing suspicious activity. Sometimes, time is of the essence to investigate suspicious activities and the occurrence of crimes. Your followers also need to know, when calling 911, they can refuse their information and remain anonymous. Many people take this route. Either way, we would be more than happy to answer your calls."
Bottom line - If you see something, say something!