Police urge residents to call 911 if they sense crime

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Calling 911 is not just for emergencies anymore.

Metro officers are going door-to-door to tell people that and they're leaving them with a friendly reminder, too. Police are using door hangers to send a serious message that they want you to call 911 when you get the feeling a crime is about to go down.

Officers like Mike Maxwell and Lindsey Terry, who were knocking on doors Wednesday, hope to convince residents like Charlene Stowers to call anytime.

"Most of the people around here work in the daytime. There are not a lot of people off, only the old people," Stowers said. "I think it's nice for them to come around and stuff and let you know they are in the neighborhood."

"Taking the pledge, if you see something, say something," said IMPD Sgt. Mike Hansen.

Hansen says every neighborhood can do better preventing crime if people pay attention to their own red flags.

"That makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up, or you get that feeling in the pit of your stomach, that's the time to let us know that something is going on that you don't feel is appropriate," Hansen said.

The more people officers can reach, the easier it will be reducing crime. Maye Bennett put up a blue light bulb, thanks to Officer Lindsey Terry. It's her way of saying she's watching for criminals.

"I told her I had a hard time finding (a blue light bulb) and she said, 'I will get you one'," Bennett said.

IMPD Community Affairs used donations to pay for their first batch of door hangers. They are hoping, just like the Blue Pledge campaign, it plays a key role in people saying they are just not going to put up with crime in their neighborhoods anymore.