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This article is from Constable Stephen Clark and explains why we as residents should  make an effort to assist the police and in turn help ourselves by ensuring that our house numbers are visible.

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2009-03-04
House numbers and the lack of
If you have to call any emergency service to come to your house, it’s pretty much because you have exactly that. Urgency for someone to come and help you in your time of need.
Be it ambulance, police or fire department, you want them to get to you as quickly as possible. Whether it is a criminal forcing his way into your family home, or a relative having a heart attack, we all know that seconds count. In the experiences I have had over the past ten years, these precious seconds add up to minutes for a few reasons.

First, traffic congestion. High up on my list of frustrations is trying to get through traffic, siren screaming and every light I have, flashing, and I still have one individual living in oblivion who won’t move out of the way.
Second is my fault, memory. Even after ten years, with all the Aberfoyle’s, Aylesbury’s, Arbroth’s, Amersham’s and Aberfeldy’s in the area, when I get thrown the curve ball of say, Durnford, I have been known to have drawn a blank. Memory is much faster than GPS in an area like Westville and it saves time by keeping the recall sharp.

Third and this is the crux of the matter. While our seconds are ticking away, and I have done my best to bend every traffic law to get to your house as fast as possible, the worst thing in the entire world is when I can’t find the house number.
I am scanning the roadside as I tear along, my eyes looking for suspicious vehicles, small children who like running into the road, escaping crooks, but the most important thing, the beacon that will lead me to your rescue is nowhere to be seen. 
You know where you live, I don’t. If by misfortune, the day dawns that you need help to come quickly, I will be able to find you house, because outside the driveway, not obscured by vegetation, and not half on the neighbour’s side of the fence, is a large, bright yellow 26 that I can see, in day or night.
There are some homes in Westville that we actually use as a landmark. Not for any nefarious reason, but because we all know that house is 16, so 24 is further down, and 8 is the other way. Wouldn’t you like to be that 16? Wouldn’t you like to be the landmark that the patrol vehicle knows by heart? 
Most of us have insurance policies in case of death, accident or disability. How many precious seconds are you saving by taking out the insurance of knowing that one day, if the need arises, with a VISIBLE number outside your home, we can find you in time. 
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