Boulder Police: Officers routinely enter unsecured homes, practice not likely to stop

BOULDER, Colo. - Boulder police say they have a right to enter unsecured homes if residents leave an open door.

Boulder police Sgt. Michael Everett tells the Boulder Daily Camera entering unsecured residences is a standard procedure for most law enforcement agencies, including Boulder police. He says the practice is not likely to stop.

Chrissy Smiley called police to complain after she returned to her south Boulder condominium after walking her dogs Thursday and found a card from a Boulder police officer sitting on her dining room table letting her know he had been there.

Boulder police officials told The Camera officers can enter a home that is closed and even locked if they have a “reasonable suspicion that something was amiss… such as if the officer observes mail piled up by a door or sees someone inside who appears to be in physical distress.”

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