Writing Can Be Murder

October 30, 2006

Would you say something?

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 9:46 am

I live in NJ where it feels like I’m always being bombarded by the message “If you see something, say something” in terms of suspicious activity that might be related to terrorists.

 So last night I said something. Now before I tell you what happened I must tell you that I am a professional worrier. Heck, I’m paranoid, it’s why I write suspense and thrillers. I worry about everything. I know that there was a good chance that I could have been overreacting.

So here’s what happened: My husband and I went into a strip mall. On the way in I noticed three men in a minivan parked in the far corner of the lot. One of them was working on a laptop. (Keep in mind that it was a Sunday evening and it got dark early.) Odd.

 More than an hour later they were still there. Still working on a laptop. VERY ODD.

 So I called the police. The dispatcher didn’t seem to think I was insane. He said he’d send a car right over. (He also said that they might have been with a phone company since there’s a cell tower nearby.)

So I’ll ask you. If you came across a similar situation, would you say something?



  1. Being in New York, we sort of gave up with the whole See Something Say Something. People did say something…a lot of somethings…after 9/11 and it went no where. People were treated as paranoid crazies. So, I think, that people just gave up.

    Sad. But true.

    Comment by Rene Lyons — October 31, 2006 @ 7:57 am

  2. I know what you’re saying Rene.

    Here’s what I was thinking. I didn’t think that they were terrorists BUT I did think there was a decent chance that they could have been hacking into a wireless network and stealing data. Identity and information theft is such a huge problem now, that I thought it was worth a call.

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — October 31, 2006 @ 11:01 am

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