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The social media front door challenge still exists in British Columbia

The social media front door challenge still exists in British Columbia

Some homeowners in British Columbia have recently been faced with “door kick” or “door knock” pranks inspired by social media

A social media-inspired challenge is still alive and kicking in British Columbia

While the challenge of kicking or knocking on people’s doors has been circulating on social media, including TikTok, for some time and is not new, the Surrey RCMP confirmed that they have recently received reports of such activity in the boroughs of South Surrey, Newton and Cloverdale.

Most “challenge” incidents are harmless, but can be frightening for homeowners as the incidents usually occur late at night and the perpetrators will bang or kick the door very loudly, causing a lot of noise and in some cases damage. Reports of recent incidents have been circulating on social media, with some pointing to reports of teenagers being charged after taking part in the challenge in the US.

“This is not a new phenomenon, but we did notice that in some files the door that had been kicked in was damaged,” Surrey RCMP Corporal Sarbjit Sangha said via email.

She noted that the RCMP’s Community Response Units are aware of these incidents and that each case is investigated on its own merits.

“CCTV footage is always useful if we can see the suspect’s face,” Sangha said. “In most cases, the suspects are reportedly young teenagers. These incidents have mostly been reported at night, but some have also occurred during the day.”

The message from law enforcement to anyone considering taking part in a similar challenge is serious.

“It may be all well and good for you, but it can cause trauma to the person on the other side of that door. You could also get arrested and accused of mischief,” Sangha said.

“We encourage parents and caregivers to talk to their teens and explain the consequences of this type of behavior.”