posted on Jan, 10 2014 @ 03:15 PM
I live in a regular neighborhood, very little crime - elderly neighbors, quiet and friendly. My family and friends have mocked my husband and I for
carrying weapons on us, even when we are home - mainly because no one can see the need for it.
Last night, I've never been happier I lock my doors and carry a weapon on me at all times.
As I was sitting on my couch, home alone because my husband was gone for the evening, I heard my door rattle. Now... crime is SO rare in my area,
that even though I thought it odd at 9pm, I didn't think anything serious of it and just chalked it up to someone putting a flyer on my door, or
leaving the "snowman" gifts that our neighborhood does. I was so involved in my book, I didn't care to get up and check. When my husband came
home an hour later, I asked him to check the front step. Nothing was there. I knew immediately something was off. And sure enough, 20 min later, a
police officer showed up and parked in front of our house. Our 70 year old neighbors were burglarized. The robber had tried our door first, but it
was locked. Seeing our neighbors were gone, he climbed our 6ft fence and went in through a backyard door and robbed them.
It was so close to being me. I had been in and out my front door and had left it unlocked between my trips outside... and just as my husband left, he
locked it on his way down the stairs - almost as an after thought. If he hadn't done that, I would have had a man in my house... and some hard snap
decisions would have needed to be made. With my gun by my side, the guy was lucky, as the only thing that kept him from likely being shot was a small
I feel horrible for my dear elderly neighbors. It shook me up and he didn't even make it in our house. And I feel bad I didn't get off my couch
and at least look out my _ I may have gotten a view of him and prevented my neighbors from feeling violated.
It's a good lesson though. I hear people say all the time "I never lock my doors!" - it doesn't matter how safe you feel... you never know. And
even though my own mother mocked me for having my weapon by my side while I sat on the couch, or carried it in my purse when I went to their home....
if I had my gun in my room, and my door hadn't been locked - I wouldn't have been able to reach it in time.
So, continue to mock - and I will continue to be prepared.