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It does require more active participation (and more direct expense.)
The 'wild west' may be coming to our neighborhoods. We need to prepare and steel our minds to necessary activity.
I was slow getting up due to a knee injury. Door bell rang again. "Give me a minute!"
Doorbell rang again. "I'm coming!"
Doorbell rang again. I wondered whoever my visitor was had any ears.
When I opened the door, I saw two muscular bigger than me young black teens running away like hell down my driveway.
Evidently, they did not have a car. At the end of the driveway they turned and ran like hell up the street.
They were obviously up to no good. Wonder what spooked them. My slowness? It says "Neighborhood Watch" on a front window, but they should have seen that as they came to ring my doorbell.
Anyway, should anyone kick in my front door where I watch TV, I'll be showing them a gun.
You know, for show and tell.
Should I be expecting a couple of illegals next?
I've a little Beretta Tomcat I can slip into a front pocket before a visitor I want to visit can see it.
The rest? They'd take my keys, set them inside the door and lock from the outside, if at all possible.
ETA: FOUR times, in the DFW area, I have left my purse (with actual CASH, credit cards, and phone) open in a cart in the parking lot. I won't bother telling you the amount of anguish I experienced, once I realized that I had left my world open to every passer-by.
In each instance, my entire cache of goods was returned to me, unmolested, including aforementioned cash, credit cards, and phone. This is in the DALLAS area! (Also, once in Tulsa. The returnee was actually in my same online app, and we corresponded after the fact - I was thrilled to thank her for her trouble.)
Editing again to add: people are good. Really good. Except for the one or two who aren't . But we are directed to pay attention to the "aren't," while ignoring the good, and I believe this is to our detriment.
I have been treated excellent most of my life by my fellow travelers on this earth....but the fellow travelers are becoming more brazen, know they will not have consequences and are more desperate. Have seen changes around here already in the schools and streets...... becoming concerned.....
Indeed, after those occasions I have made a much bigger effort to pay attention. And in recollection, I realize that each instance was due to an extreme upset over my job. Well, guess what? I got rid of the job and I haven’t left my purse in the past six years!
But i do agree with you….things are changing and it’s getting to be not very pretty.