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Boulder woman disturbed by police policy to enter unsecured residences
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Quote:Boulder residents who intentionally leave their doors open, may unintentionally be inviting a Boulder police officer in for a visit.

Chrissy Smiley learned this fact in surprising fashion on Thursday afternoon when she returned to her south Boulder condo after a 40-minute walk with her dogs to find a card from a Boulder police officer sitting on her dining room table.

Disturbed by the discovery, Smiley said she quickly called the officer back to ask why he had entered her home without her permission.

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/...-unsecured
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middlefinger;105150 Wrote:
Quote:Boulder residents who intentionally leave their doors open, may unintentionally be inviting a Boulder police officer in for a visit.

Chrissy Smiley learned this fact in surprising fashion on Thursday afternoon when she returned to her south Boulder condo after a 40-minute walk with her dogs to find a card from a Boulder police officer sitting on her dining room table.

Disturbed by the discovery, Smiley said she quickly called the officer back to ask why he had entered her home without her permission.

http://www.dailycamera.com/news/boulder/...-unsecured

Sounds like the police are assuming a lot and taking a few liberties. Leaving a door open is not the equivalent of inviting a person/cop in. People have a right to privacy and not having to worry about the local law enforcement coming and going as they please.

As I read this I couldn't get all the horror stories of people accidently inviting vampires into their homes without realizing it out of my mind. An open door is not an invitation.
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Quote:"He was very nice. He said he had come back to follow up on another officer who had been there for something and he felt he had probable cause to make sure that I was safe," Smiley said, adding the she found the officer's explanation unsettling.

Uhhh yeah, I find it unsettling, too.

So, one officer was at her house for....something....and for some reason, another officer decided he needed to go make sure the woman was safe?

Great.
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Thread title and article are misleading.
I don't read this as "Leave your door open and policy is for us to come in and check".


Quote:She noted that the officer was visiting Smiley's home to follow up on another officer's attempt to serve her a summons for a dog off leash violation and failure to remove animal excrement.

Smiley, who said she did not see the other officer's card which was left on her front door, did not respond to that officer's request for contact, before the second officer made his visit.

Sgt. Jim MacPherson said Boulder police have dealt with Smiley on a number of issues and she is usually not cooperative.



Based on the above info, my guess is they used the "we were just checking on you" excuse to look for other things to bust her for.

The woman even used "bongs" as an example in her comments, so I wouldn't be shocked to learn that she's not the innocent victim she claims to be.

I could be wrong. Hard to say for sure.
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I dunno... not locking your doors just doesn't seem to be a good idea anywhere... even when you are home. Maybe in 1960's Mayberry, but there are too many assholes in too many places anymore... and they don't even wait for you to leave before showing themselves in.
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