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November 18, 2012

‘Cops & Robbers’ Game Goes Over Badly With Weatherford Cops

Oh man, we had fun doing this sort of thing as teenagers—nice to see it still goes on.

Yes, yes, I know—there should be no trespassing. No emails please!

From CBS, where there is more:

Police said they started getting clusters of phone calls over the summer about prowlers outside homes. Often it would turn out to be teens, who readily admitted they were just playing a game.  The game involves a group of “robbers” being dropped off at a location across town. They have to make their way back to the original meeting spot without being seen or captured by a group of “cops.” In some cases police said kids are jumping fences, running through yards or even hiding out in bushes in front of homes. Residents call police, thinking someone is trying to break in to their house.


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The problem I see with this is that, unless this is taking place in neighborhoods the kids know very well (that is, they know where the irascible guy with the shotgun lives), there’s a good chance someone is going to get shot.  People are more likely to shoot first and ask later, these days, than when I was a kid.

[1] Posted by victorianbarbarian on 11-19-2012 at 10:30 AM · [top]

Weatherford is in a part of Texas where most pickup trucks have at least one rifle on the back window, and where virtually every home has at least one firearm. And like #1 says, there is not nearly the same tolerance for kids now. When I was a kid, we left home on summer mornings as soon as we had our chores done, and we came home, if one of our pals’ mother had fed us during the day, when we were exhausted or it got too dark to play. But everyone in town in knew where we were, and if we were safe and behaving ourselves. Unfortunately, we dare not let our kids have that kind of freedom. When I was a kid, if an adult had attempted to prey on any of us, he or she would just have disappeared, never to be seen again. I really do grieve for those days, which are gone for ever, I guess.
desert padre

[2] Posted by desertpadre on 11-19-2012 at 12:59 PM · [top]

Yes back in the day we kids would police the neighborhood. You could count on a small army of children to report any strangers in the area. And when we played war, or cops and robbers, our toy guns were very realistic looking. An older brother’s ROTC drill rifle was perfect. We usually wound up asking permission to use a childless neighbors yard when our battles spread beyond our borders, and some neighbors were definitely “DMZs”.

[3] Posted by Undergroundpewster on 11-19-2012 at 01:48 PM · [top]

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