Chrissy Smiley, a Boulder resident for 28 years, learned a valuable lesson on Thursday when she came home from taking her dogs for a walk. Smiley, knowing she would only be gone for a short period of time, left her condo with the sliding glass door open. When Smiley returned home, she found a card from a Boulder police officer sitting on her dining room table. Smiley was disturbed to find out the it is common police policy to enter unsecured residences.
Smiley called the officer almost immediately to find out why he had entered her home. “He was very nice. He said he had come back to follow up on another officer who had been there for something and he felt he had probable cause to make sure that I was safe,”she said. She also mentioned she found the officer’s explanation unnerving. “I have nothing to hide. My house is really clean, there are not bongs lying around. It’s just creepy that someone would come in when I am not there.”