When There’s a Police Officer at Your Door…
What to Do When a Police Officer Knocks on Your Door
Even though it will always come as an unwelcome surprise, police might have a reason to knock on the door and they may even ask to enter your home.
At these moments in time it’s natural to panic and to go along with whatever a police officer says. But, the truth is, police have standards and protocol that they HAVE to follow. It’s the law, after all.
The fact of the matter is that if the police should knock on your door and ask to search your home or property, they’d better have a warrant and that warrant had better be signed by a judge.
The is no law in place that requires you to open your door, so don’t. Simply shout to the officers “I have nothing to say,” or simply say nothing, because everything you say can (and will) be used against you.
If you have guests or roommates, especially if you are of college age, inform them not ot open the door or speak to police, should police arrive. It’s just good planning, especially if you’re throwing a get together.
So, think of police like vampires, if that helps you out any. Make sure that you never invite an officer into your house or place of residence, because you then give them the free agency to not only come into your place but to also search the premises and look for clues to your lifestyle, habits, friends, reading material, etc. Imagine your stuff in your apartment being a loud voice screaming, and everything it says can be used against (guess who?) — YOU!
In the unfortunate case that you’re arrested outside of your place of residence, police may ask for your permission to go inside and grab you a pair of shoes and a shirt, or even a jacket, if it’s cold. Pretty nice, right? Wrong. You can mistakenly give police permission to enter and snoop around your house.
Lastly, if ask, never agree to go to the police station. If police are asking you, then that means they don’t have the ability to make you, that you have to give permission.
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