An old social media challenge gaining traction in the Bay Area has prompted police to issue a new warning.
Viral videos on TikTok show children pounding and kicking on doors in the middle of the night. Recent videos posted on Nextdoor’s Clayton, Concord and Walnut Creek pages all show the same thing: young teenagers knocking and kicking on strangers’ doors late at night before running away.
“It’s not funny at this point,” said Concord resident Loren Thompson. “It’s not a doorbell ditch. It’s a let’s see who we can terrorize tonight.”
Thompson’s Ring camera has caught kids knocking and running to his door several times over the past few days.
“We were in bed and heard this huge pounding outside the house,” Thompson said. “And it was quite aggressive.”
Thompson even tracked a group of what he believes to be 12-year-olds after seeing them target his neighbor. When he caught up with them, they denied being involved.
“I’m afraid that’s a trend we’re stuck with,” Thompson said. “I’m really worried that the parents of our children don’t know where they are.”
The late-night knocks are believed to be a revived version of the TikTok “kick door” challenge where teenagers posted videos showing people knocking on doors to the beat of a song before running off.
Walnut Creek police say multiple people have reported similar cases over the past year and say it’s more dangerous than it looks, especially in the dark.
Police said they had received no official reports of recent cases, but were encouraging parents to speak to their children – not just for neighbors, but for their children’s own safety.
“Something is going to happen. Someone is going to get hurt doing something crazy,” Thompson said. “And that’s the last thing we want.”