How did the firemen know which houses had books?

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StephanieRR | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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In Fahrenheit 451, the firemen had a mailbox to which citizens could send tips about houses they suspected held banned books. The firemen would respond to these tips by either checking out the house themselves, or sending an electronic hound to sniff out the suspected houses. If the hound continued to circle around the house, the firemen knew that house had books in it.