I thought this would make a good discussion. Recently my dad was driving home from work and saw my nephew and his friend (a girl) walking home from school. He pulled over and they ran to his van, and he asked if they wanted a ride. They said no, because it was a nice day and they were nearly home, so they went their way and he went his. A little while later the cops showed up at my parents' house and said that someone had reported a creepy dude trying to kidnap children and had given his license plate number. The cops said they knew it was dumb but they have to check out every report just in case. Who knows what would have happened if the kids had jumped in :/. Probably a SWAT team or something. This seems to be a common thing, as almost every day there's someone getting hysterical on Facebook about somebody looking suspicious near a school or trying to kidnap their kids or whatever. I can see it both ways. It's bad because my dad is paranoid anyway, and now he probably won't even talk to his own grandkids in public. But on the other hand, it's good that people are looking out for kids. And it's VERY good that they called the cops instead of "handling it themselves" by shooting him or engaging in mob violence. I've also noticed in the sheriff's report that there are a LOT of rural residents that are reporting "a suspicious car driving by" or their neighbor taking a walk or "I saw a dog" or other silly thing. It used to be a stereotype that rural residents wouldn't call the sheriff even if you held a gun to their heads, because they wanted to handle it themselves (usually involving violence). Plus it used to be that the sheriff wouldn't send a deputy if he thought it sounded dumb, but now they're required to respond to every call even if they think it's ridiculous. So I don't know if they used to get these kind of calls and just ignored them, or if frivolous calls are actually increasing. Do you think people are more likely to call the cops now than in times past? If so, any idea why? Do you think it's good or bad?