A Guide To Find Out If Your Neighbor or Friend Is At Home

A Guide To Find Out If Your Neighbor or Friend Is At Home

Did you ever want to know if a neighbor or friend was home? Of course you have, but it’s not always an easy endeavor. Determined to research the proper etiquette for performing this social task, I found nothing. This post fills that void and provides a public service by giving you a guide to find out if your neighbor or friend is at home for those frustrated by not knowing the proper way to approach such a challenge.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

The Obvious

  • Is their vehicle in the driveway or garage? – Although determining the presence of said vehicle in a windowless garage mitigates the effectiveness. If absent, that may provide an indication as to the state of occupancy, although not perfect.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • Knock on the front door or another obvious entrance. – This technique is favored by many.
  • Ring the doorbell or other signaling device provided on the dwelling. – Another favored tactic. Mechanism is typically located nearby or on the front door.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • Call the person by phone. – A tried and true method for those possessing such a device.
  • Send them an email or message through social media. – A note like, “Hey, I’m standing at your front door and it’s cold (or hot) out here.”

 

If the Obvious Fails

What if your neighbor or friend is trying to avoid you? What if they are listening to music on headphones and don’t hear any of the obvious methods? What if their spouse, partner, roommate, or otherwise random visitor knocked them unconscious in a dispute over which program to watch on the TV?

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

 

These are some less obvious techniques:

  • Check to determine if the door is unlocked. If so, crack it open and yell loudly, “Is anyone home?”

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • Peer into the front windows and then tap on them. Move in clockwise direction around the house to each window in sequence, repeating the process. If the home has a second floor, obtain a ladder and try those windows, still adhering to the clockwise convention. Caution: The number one cause of injuries at home is falling from a ladder. It is imperative that you have a valid ID and medical card on your person.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • If the back yard is inaccessible, or a ladder impractical, a robot drone can be employed to check if the neighbor or friend is hiding in the yard and to peek through the second story windows. This is a safer technique, but unless skilled can result in accidental window glass damage.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • Calling through the door, “Trick or Treat,” “I found your cat,” or “It’s the police,” can also be very effective. “Trick or Treat” is my favorite but most effectual in late October. And I have discovered, “I found your cat,” ineffective if the person does not have a cat.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • The shock and awe approach. Setting off a firework display in conjunction with the discharge of a firearm or air-horn is quite powerful, usually getting good results alerting both visual and auditory senses of the subject person. Suggestion: Since neighborhood watch organizations can be a problem with this technique, especially if a firearm is chosen, it is prudent to notify such organizations of your plans beforehand to avoid unnecessary incarceration.

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  • Exploration is a surefire method to determine occupancy. This is predicated on the ability to enter the dwelling by an unlocked door or window or render any door or window to be unlocked. Make sure to check basement windows as they are often overlooked for access. Once inside, remove shoes and then silently search through the dwelling. Complete silence is imperative because your neighbor or friend may be asleep. Don’t forget to check cabinets, closets, and under all beds since these are prime hiding locations if you neighbor or friend is trying to avoid you.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

 

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

  • And finally, there is the emergency call option. Call 911 to report your neighbor lying unconscious on the floor or some such story. Be creative. They will find out if they are at home for you. Be aware that 911 works for the United States and Canada, but most other countries have different call codes. For example, The United Kingdom uses 112 or 999, Australia 000 (that’s an easy one to remember) and India 100 or 102 or 108 or 101(not so easy.) Interesting Antarctica has a 911 emergency call number but no one there to take it. So be aware of that one if your neighbor or friend lives in Antarctica. Warning: Some countries might charge you with a crime using this method.

Find out if your neighbor or friend is at Home

This guide provided for single family dwellings. Methodologies will vary in some cases for neighbors or friends living in apartment buildings. That could be a subject for a future post if requested.

Note:

I am a fiction writer, but research topics and provide posts like the one above for enlightenment and entertainment. If you liked it, please take a look at some of my other posts and my home page, R. A. Andrade. This post was prompted by the following passage in my upcoming novel, Three Remain:

“That’s odd,” he commented. “There’s always at least a pickup parked there. Frank’s been recovering from an operation he had last week.” Walking to the front door, he looked through the sidelight, and knocked.

Hanging back, Sunshine shouted, “See if it’s unlocked. If he shoots you for breaking and entering, I’ll take you to the hospital.”

Ignoring his comic advisor, Glen pounded on the door and yelled, “Anyone home?” After listening with his ear pressed to the door, he depressed the latch and pushed. The door swung open.

“Go in and check,” Sunshine shouted. “I got your back.”

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