A car plowed through the storefront, destroying hundreds of flats of flowers in our inventory. This man, by a stroke of sheer luck, happened to know where we lived and therefore how to reach us. But what if he hadn’t?
A few years ago my neighbor temporarily moved out of the country for a job transfer. My family moved next door in the previous year and we did not know this neighbor very well. One day I came home after work and was greeted by 3 fire trucks and a few police cars all blocking the entrance to my driveway. Apparently my neighbor’s fire alarm was activated by a water leak inside the house. It was a very cold day in January and the heat was not working properly and, therefore, a few pipes broke and created enormous water damage.
I approached the police officer in charge and explained that I needed to pull into my driveway. The officer asked me for a telephone number for my neighbor, but I did not have one. If A Watchful Neighbor was available the owner would have been contacted sooner and the water damage could have been limited.