posted on Oct, 22 2007 @ 10:30 PM
Twice within 5 minutes a male and a female, both hispanic came to my door peddling their "wares" of jewelry.
Rules of Engagement for strange people coming to the door:
(which if you are a young female, may mean life or death, hence survival)
Rule #1- Never open the door. My wife did because I looked through the peep hole and though that it was a friend coming over to pick some stuff up.
The man (twenties) in broken English tried to say he was selling necklaces and tried to enter the apartment. My wife closed the door on him on
Rule #2- Get backup! I called my friends who live on the other side of the complex, and they made a few round of the apartment complex, but did not
spot the perps.
Rule #3- Get an accurate description. I speak fluent Spanish, so I know they were of Mexican decent. The woman, who knocked on the door about 5
minutes after the man was quite surprised when she was answered in angry, fluent Spanish. She lied through the door to me- and I told her that I was
calling the authorities. The man is very identifible- he was missing the upper right lateral incisor tooth and a gold stud in the right ear only.
The woman a bit harder- white and pink jogging outfit.
Rule #4- Make sure backup includes local authority. Our apartment complex is partolled by deputized agents here, so they showed up within 5 minutes
with multiple officers, vehicles and armament.
Rule #5- Coordinate with your neighbors. While outside the next door neighbor heard the talking ot the officers and came out, and was duefully
informed. The lady that lives diagonally is a police officer and was on duty at the time, but I will likely talk to her Wednesday. The more eyes the
better. Where I live I associate with about 10% of the apartment community on a daily basis. Such eyes and ears has caught a break and enter in
progress- the police arrived a little late, but since there have been many instances in the last week, more patrols will be in the area
Rule #6- Arm yourself. The next time they show up, I'll gladly open the door, but they will be looking down the barrel of my shotgun. Tennessee has
carry conceal, and all you have to do is spot the $115, and wait until your permit come back. 2 years ago here a disgruntled employee at a grocery
store went in with a Bowie knife and started stabbing people. He was subdued by the next door business owner pulling a CCW and forcing him to the
Many of these rules of engagement can also be used for other situations- I was able to go to southern Mississippi to help with post Katrina efforts K
+ 26 days. People who even just coordinated with neighbors were FAR better off.
Hope this post was well thought out, and gives you all something to think about.
[edit on 22-10-2007 by slidebyem]