‘Sneak & peek’ warrants allow police to secretly enter homes without notice
policestateusa.com / Site Staff / June 27, 2014
A little-known police tactic allows cops to covertly enter private residences, perform searches, seize property, and then leave quietly without notifying the homeowner. These searches, affectionately known as “sneak and peek” warrants, have been performed at a rapidly rising rate since 9/11.
Sneak and Peek warrants in actuality a more extreme version of the over-used “no-knock” raids that we cover so often. After seeking out a judge’s authorization, police are allowed to secretly break into private property without first announcing themselves or presenting the subject of the search with a signed warrant. Using this variety of warrant, officers intentionally wait until the subject is not present. The operations are performed covertly, and with the intention of masking the fact that any police activity took place.
The entire premise encourages government agents to adopt the tactics of criminals in order to gain access to property: breaking and entering, sneaking around, stealing, and risking a surprise confrontation with an unsuspecting civilian.
Black Blade: So you see some suspicious charater or characters breaking into your home while your brother-in-law drives to the store in your car and you lay in wait and drop the perps in their tracks. As they lie there and with their last gasping breaths say that they are cops and it's confirmed as you rifle through their pockets to determine who and what they are - Under "Castle Doctrine" you should be completely and utterly absolved of all culpability correct?