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vharrison

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Just recently we started locking the door at our house. Last night, John's and my truck got vandalized at our house. They were not locked and I left my key in mine. Nothing of value to steal, they just went through the glove box and left them a mess.
We called the coppers just so they would know what is going on. They took fingerprints, but we don't expect anything to come of it.
I always leave my key in my truck, that is going to be a hard habit to break.
 

OTGBOSTON

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My parents still don't lock the doors to their house, not to shabby considering they are about 8 miles from Downtown Boston.

On the flipside, I live slightly closer to the 'hood and always lock my doors...
 

vl2007

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Just recently we started locking the door at our house. Last night, John's and my truck got vandalized at our house. They were not locked and I left my key in mine. Nothing of value to steal, they just went through the glove box and left them a mess.
We called the coppers just so they would know what is going on. They took fingerprints, but we don't expect anything to come of it.
I always leave my key in my truck, that is going to be a hard habit to break.
WOW! We are among the no door lock people also. I've live in the keys for 27 years, never locked my doors. Time to change habits.:cry:
 

vharrison

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WOW! We are among the no door lock people also. I've live in the keys for 27 years, never locked my doors. Time to change habits.:cry:
I know, we think the influx in crime has to do with the people from the mainland putting in the sewers.
 

SkwerI

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I lock the house door but I never lock my truck. I also have a spare set of keys to the house and truck in the center console of the truck. It recently dawned on me how dumb that was so I moved the spare keys to a hiding spot in the truck.
 
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Frans

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I think I could find the keys to the house if I looked hard...

Recently we have had a casino put in. I hear lots of reports of mailboxes getting the mail stolen now.

Sure don't want to have to lock my doors. The shop is always locked tho.

We have dogs, they are a great security device, also the vineyard workers are all our friends so they are always around.
 

Old Monkey

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Everything gets locked up at night. Our was robbed as a kid and since then everyplace I've lived gets locked up.
 

vharrison

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Well, the plot thickens. When the police came this morning she said they had picked up a kid this morning for stealing a car. His mug shot just showed up on the County website, and he lives 4 doors down from me. :/:
 

lumberjack

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My parents lock the doors, I don't. The keys are in all my equipment although the key to the Civic is in the center tray because of the stupid beeper reminder thing.
 
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I've always locked my family in, not as concerned when we are away for a short time...
 

pantheraba

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If you do not lock your doors you are putting others at risk...your bad if somebody gets hurt because you were too trusting. If you don't lockup because it is too much of a hassle you need to get over it and learn to do it.

I forgot to lock the front door one night many years back...when I let the cat in that cold night a large moth came in too (bat sized)..by the time I got the moth out and the cat downstairs I forgot about the front door.

About 2AM my wife woke me and said, "somebody is knocking on the door"..they were, very loudly. I was in the closet retrieving the pistol from the shelf (kids were small, gun out of reach) and she shouted, "they are in the house!!".

I sprinted for the stairs and as I took a position at the top and thumbed off the Walther's safety, someone bolted around the corner and started up the stairs...until they saw the gun.

They screamed, "Oh, my God!!!" and froze. I luckily did not shoot. It could have certainly been a bad guy. It was the mentally retarded lady from next dor...about 35 yrs old, with the mind of a 4 year old. She was canvassing neighborhood cars (and houses when she could get in) looking for cigarettes.

Her mother had punished her for something by taking her cigarettes away. It was a classic “shoot/no shoot” situation. I am glad the hall light was on so that I saw who it was and not just a shadowy figure storming up the stairs...it would have been an awful tragedy to shoot her.

The unlocked door gave her access she should not have had.

Locking your door can protect you, your family and an innocent person.

If a bad guy wants to come in anyway...that’s his problem.
 
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JohnB

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I've had so many things stolen locked and unlocked I wouldn't know where to begin. To answer the question yes lock it up.
 

lumberjack

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If you do not lock your doors you are putting others at risk...your bad if somebody gets hurt because you were too trusting. If you don't lockup because it is too much of a hassle you need to get over it and learn to do it.

I forgot to lock the front door one night many years back...when I let the cat in that cold night a large moth came in too (bat sized)..by the time I got the moth out and the cat downstairs I forgot about the front door.

About 2AM my wife woke me and said, "somebody is knocking on the door"..they were, very loudly. I was in the closet retrieving the pistol from the shelf (kids were small, gun out of reach) and she shouted, "they are in the house!!".

I sprinted for the stairs and as I took a position at the top and thumbed off the Walther's safety, someone bolted around the corner and started up the stairs...until they saw the gun.

They screamed, "Oh, my God!!!" and froze. I luckily did not shoot. It could have certainly been a bad guy. It was the mentally retarded lady from next dor...about 35 yrs old, with the mind of a 4 year old. She was canvassing neighborhood cars (and houses when she could get in) looking for cigarettes.

Her mother had punished her for something by taking her cigarettes away. It was a classic “shoot/no shoot” situation. I am glad the hall light was on so that I saw who it was and not just a shadowy figure storming up the stairs...it would have been an awful tragedy to shoot her.

The unlocked door gave her access she should not have had.

Locking your door can protect you, your family and an innocent person.

If a bad guy wants to come in anyway...that’s his problem.
An uninvited person in my house (or on my property) isn't innocent, even if they are looking to "only" steal a cig.

In that sense it's not my concern if I kill someone who comes in my home through a door I left unlocked.

If I had kids I might feel differently, but I pretty much refuse to allow fear of other's actions to rule my life.

If someone is walking around my property (at night) and doesn't first come knock on the door, the odds are fairly well stacked that they aren't going to be leaving under their own power. If an uninvited soul comes into my house at night (or during the day), their ass is mine.




One night back in highschool mom and I were home alone with all the lights off in the house (she had a headache and was asleep in her chair, I was on a computer and hadn't gotten up to turn a light on) thus looking as though the house was empty.

A truck charged up our drive way, flew across the front of the house and pulled back to the "yard" where we keep the equipment parked. I saw the lights sweep around (like they turned around) and stop. I look out the window and sure enough there's a truck backed up to a trailer with its lights still on.

I grabbed a shotgun, stepped outside and saw a dude hunched over dollying the trailer down on his truck. I flat charge the truck, shouldering the shotgun at poor fellas noggin. When he spun around it turned out to be a Adam who was borrowing a trailer. He didn't tell me he was borrowing a trailer, nor that he was coming over.

He was able to draw his on conclusions regarding the stupidty of his actions, learning a fairly important lesson.
 
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I've had to start locking my doors recently, but not because of people. The dang raccoons around my place are bold little devils that come right on in and make themselves at home if they can find a way in. I've caught them napping on my couch and eating the cat food several times.
 

Burnham

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Last thing I'd suggest anyone do is describe the specifics of your home security, or more specifically, the lack thereof, on the interweb :what:.
 
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Unless of course you are Carl, in which case the mere description of the state of readiness going on there will deter just about anyone. :D
 

lumberjack

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Last thing I'd suggest anyone do is describe the specifics of your home security, or more specifically, the lack thereof, on the interweb :what:.
I thought about that and came to the conclusion that you clearly couldn't be talking about me.
 

SkwerI

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I figured the only thing better than somebody not knowing would be somebody gaining a false sense of confidence due to having inaccurate or incomplete information.
8)
 
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