Thursday, 30 August 2012

Police using helium balloons story

Cops use balloons against burglary
Officers put a helium balloon through an open window
Bal-lunacy? ... officers put a helium balloon through an open window
Cavendish Press
COPS are filling residents’ homes with balloons – in a crackdown on BURGLARY.
Officers are popping fully-inflated blue balloons through open windows and doors to teach householders to be more security conscious.
Stunned occupants have returned home to find their lounges and hallways crammed with police balloons displaying the message: “Why Am I Here?”
Attached to them are warning notes telling people not to leave windows and doors open.
Community officers have now armed themselves with bunches of helium-filled balloons pushing them through unlocked properties.
Anyone receiving a bunch, will be visited by community support officers offering a security assessment and tips while secure houses receive a leaflet congratulating them and offering advice about burglary.
Residents in Altrincham and Middleton where the scheme has been launched by Greater Manchester Police said they thought the scheme was a “wind-up”.
Caroline Anderson, 43, said: “When I first heard police were using balloons to tackle burglars I thought it was a wind up but if it makes people close their window and doors then it must be a good thing.
“It was just the thought of police officers sitting there in the police station blowing the balloons up before taking bunches of them out on patrol.
“’I’ve heard of police officers bursting into properties but never bursting police balloons.”
Supt John Graves said: “This is community empowerment in action local people getting involved in the fight against crime, working alongside the police to help their neighbours protect their property and be safer.
“The greater the forces of decency and honesty, the bigger impact we will have and seeing local people volunteering, becoming more involved, and just getting stuck in is an inspiration to us all.
“We know that around one in three burglaries happen because of an insecurity a window left open, a door left unlocked and thieves will hunt for this.
“This initiative is about warning decent people of the threat, and encouraging them to lock it or lose it.”
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This story was also in the metro newspaper. It's an article about the police playing helium balloons in peoples houses to remind them how easy it is for burglars to break in if they left their windows open.

This story could be developed in a variety of ways-

First it could be a very simple story, where someone leaves the house and pursues a normal day, but then upon coming home realize they left the windows open, and worries that something could have gone wrong. Coming inside they search their house, only to find this balloon.

A more abstract adaption could be this:

There could be a woman or man, who wakes up and goes along with their daily life. They could check a calendar or their phone to see what day it is and go to the local shops, and on the way back, perhaps buy a balloon from a vendor. As they come back, into their house, they call that they are home, but then the cinematography could shift and make the scene look much darker and sadder. They  enter their sitting room or something similar and it suddenly becomes more surreal as inside there are many balloons, all of different colours and all with a note attached to them.. The person looks very worred and then gets on their knees and begins to cry after spotting an object on the table, which turns out to be a photo of a lost loved one (perhaps a younger sibling or child) who they used to get balloons for on their birthday.

This would take on the theme of balloons representing something that could have been taken or something odd and alien that shows us that;s something wrong.

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