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The neighbor's house across the street from me was broken into this afternoon.

I heard a noise and looked out my front window to see George giving what for to some punk looking kid. (If you're a punker - no offense intended but that is how the kid was dressed) The kid didn't seem in any hurry to move off, just kind of ambled over to the far end and side of the drive - George went back in. The kid stood there a moment, glaring at the front door, then started to move a bit back toward the house. George come out again and the kid moved off at a slow jog over the empty part of George's lot. I almost think he would have come back if George hadn't gone over to the side of his drive and watched the kid go as he did look back over his shoulder. George's wife was at the front door, on her cell phone.

I finished what I was doing on my computer and then went out to mow my yard, during which time the police arrived. When I finished mowing, I went and told one of the officers (he was in the unmarked car out front of George's) what I had seen from my window.

The kid had broken in their back door (into their attached garage), and gone in the door to their kitchen. They had been gone and were surprised to see the doors open when they pulled in the garage. He had ransacked three rooms of the house. He was in the far bedroom when George found him. By some miracle, he didn't attack George, who backed into the room across the hall while telling the kid to get out. The kid left a butcher knife on the bed. It was one he brought with him - not one of George and his wife's.

The kid dumped the medication he had stolen a few blocks away, and oddly enough called the police from a conveinence store and turned himself in.

I'm feeling very shaky right now. We just got new door knob locks and new dead-bolt locks put on our outside doors about a month ago and I'm very glad we did. I'm thinking of calling to find out prices for alarm services.


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Apr. 13th, 2007 08:06 pm (UTC)
How frightening to find someone in your own home! Your neighbors are so lucky, Pearl. I'm glad you have good locks.

*hugs you*
Apr. 13th, 2007 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the hug - I need it! I'm just so glad George and Jeanie didn't get hurt. Bad enough to walk in and find the place trashed, but to find the guy still in there . . . George is a brave guy.
Apr. 13th, 2007 10:08 pm (UTC)

Hang in there!
Apr. 14th, 2007 02:30 am (UTC)
Thank you, Wednesday :-) I will.

(((HUGS back)))
Apr. 13th, 2007 10:37 pm (UTC)
I know you must be shaken out of your wits! The brazen brat! At least he was guilted into turning himself in. ((((Pearl)))) It is sad that even now in the present day, drug addicts will case the neighborhoods in even the smallest, "safe" towns. No one is safe anymore. If you can afford it, I'd recommend looking into getting an alarm. I had one in my house in Columbus and it gave me peace of mind knowing it was there.

Take care - and talk to you on Sunday?

Apr. 14th, 2007 02:32 am (UTC)
I'm giving an alarm system serious thought. I'm home alone so much of the time.

Talking on Sunday sounds marvelous!! :-)

Apr. 14th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC)
(((HUGS))) Way to stick up for your neighbors and be a witness! This sort of thing is freaking but you managed yourself well.

I am most relieved that the neighbors were not hurt.

Alarm systems must be affordable because every other moble home in the local moble home park has them. ;) It really isn't a bad idea considering your circumstances.

If the security system seems too costly, you can likely find a lot of alternatives online. I have heard of people planting thorny bushes beneath windows. Motion sensing outdoor lights are also a good idea. I remember someone talking about these little alarms that you put on each indiviual window and door. It was two pieces one on the window one on the frame, turn it on at the little switch and everytime someone opens the window it goes off, loud as all get out like a smoke detector, sure to wake you and the neighbors.

Heck, just putting a request on LJ and a forum or two would likely generate some effective and inexpensive ideas.

Be well.
Apr. 14th, 2007 01:13 pm (UTC)
Some good ideas there, thank you :-)

I was really surprised that George hadn't been hurt, once I heard the whole story. Surprised and glad.

I'll be doing the best I can in the "be well" department :-)
Apr. 15th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
JEEZ! That's rather scary!
Apr. 15th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Yes. They are a nice older couple and I'm just so glad they didn't get hurt.

Apr. 15th, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC)

The poor kid. I can't even imagine the nerve of some lawless schmuck like George standing up to poor little Mr. Butcherknife like that. Probably ruined the poor kid's entire day if not scarred him f/ life. George should be charged w/ obstructing justice f/ not just asking the gentle youth f/ permission to phone the AUTHORITIES as only they have the right to protect us. It's scum like your neighbor George that make it tough on these poor innocent criminals and point out just how much of a joke relying on the "authorities" to really protect individuals and their property really is. I say we string Georgie Boy up as an example to any others that might even think of standing up f/ themselves against criminals and the new world order as rammed down our throats by the All Wise Do-Gooders.

OMG!!! WHAT AM I SAYING!!! Please, dearest LPT (and others), please don't report me to the AUTHORITIES - please! What was I thinking to suggest that we make an example of Georgie Boy. We all know that ONLY the AUTHORITIES should be allowed to expose and deal w/ so violent a menace to our "oh so safe and brave new world". Even thinking the negative thought that "only THEY know BEST" could result in me being exposed as one of the Georgie Boy's of the world. SO PLEASE, I BEG YOU, don't turn me in even though THEY say you must do so to protect yourselves from the "GEORGIES". Please...

And, btw, dear LPT, don't you live in a state where even being able to spell gun can get you 3-5. And I am so glad that intruders w/ butcher knives can NOT make victims just as dead as they could w/ a G-U-N.

Signed Farenheit 451
Apr. 15th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
It's a good thing I know you or you would have really thrown me with this ;-)

I do wonder how it might have gone if George had had to try to actually defend himself. It is turning into a strange world.

Hugs to you, mon ami!
Apr. 16th, 2007 04:00 am (UTC)
Salut chere LPT,

Yes 'tis a strange world in which we live. And while crime and hostility are nothing new, America's brave new world policies in which anyone who retains enough bravery to stand up f/ themselves is more frequently in greater risk w/ our legal system than the criminal. But then again w/ America's legal system it really is all about money when you get down to the brass tacks. How much money does prosecuting a deadbeat criminal and putting him behind bars generate f/ the legal system - nothing more than they standardly get from our tax $, BUT along comes a George. George, the respectable hard working person w/ steady income, maybe some savings, maybe a homeowner, maybe family w/ a few bucks, good equity in a couple of vehicles, maybe even a business owner - cha-ching! Did you hear the legal system cash registers start to ring as soon as our friend "George" might find himself in need of defending himself not from the bad guys, but from his own legal system - get out your checkbook friend George there is $ to be wrung from you and yours.

As f/ the real George, who is I am sure a very nice old guy, I would venture that he is truly quite lucky that the kid was alone. Punks are much more reluctant to back down when in a group and are scared to death of being viewed by their pack as being a "tail-tucker", especially against such an easy mark. But who knows, maybe the kid brought the butcher knife along just in case he ran across a nice ham, but no clean cutlery.

Why are scum so comfortable breaking into homes or committing nearly any of the violent crimes that they do today? Because our legal system has all but guaranteed them free passage to do so w/o any risk of running into an armed individual who can stand up f/ himself and is willing to endure the emotional and financial nightmare that our legal and enforcement systems will inflict upon him f/ doing so.

Sadly, all door locks are a joke and a silent alarm system will get the local cops there in plenty of time to call the coroner out bef/e one's body has totally cooled - criminals rarely stick around f/ coffee. You might install a few exterior motion triggered lights though, just make sure the bulbs can't be easily unscrewed or broken - if you find that any exterior lighting has been tampered w/ get a gun quick and keep it at hand f/ at least a week and notify the police - just don't tell them you have armed yourself. And dear LPT, if I have scared you w/ this, please bear in mind that I have only made you aware of a reality totally controlled by a legal system which daily does everything in its power to assure potential criminals that they have little to fear from those they would molest while at the same time assuring you that if you should take measures to protect yourself you may certainly wish you had not - cha-ching!!!!!!!
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