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Old 06-19-07, 04:18 AM   #1
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3:09 AM PT just called the cops on a possible break-in my house...

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Wife and I were asleep when I hear some noise outside the window of our bedroom. Definitely something or someone was there I could hear our patio furniture creaking. After listening for what felt like a minute I was convinced this was probably a neighbor cat or something, but stood up and poked out the window to be sure. Nothing. Now I was sure it was a cat.

Just to be sure I walk around the house (inside) looking for anything out of place...nothing. Then I hear some shuffling by the garage (MY BIKES ARE IN THERE), now the gloves are off. I open the front door and see two people crouched by the garage about 7 feet from the me.

All I could do was yell out "What the f#$% are you doing there?!" (I cracked myself up later on...can't believe that geezerly line came out of me) I was wearing my nightguard too, so imagine a muffled and loud version of that.

I close the door, and instead of reaching for the phone I grabbed a flashlight and was going to go out when my wife yelled at me to shut the door "ARE YOU CRAZY??" she said and dialed the cops. I was pumped and ready to throw down but ofcourse she was totally right. WTF was I going to accomplish...

Anyways, cops are here now....looks like garage ok, no damage (my freshly planted flower garden got trampled though)
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Old 06-19-07, 04:23 AM   #2
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at 3:30 am here, your story is interesting. That's why you should have purchased a few Glocks for situations like this. A more powerful statement would be: "Get the F### off my property or I'll go full automatic." That ought to scare them.

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Wife and I were asleep when I hear some noise outside the window of our bedroom. Definitely something or someone was there I could hear our patio furniture creaking. After listening for what felt like a minute I was convinced this was probably a neighbor cat or something, but stood up and poked out the window to be sure. Nothing. Now I was sure it was a cat.

Just to be sure I walk around the house (inside) looking for anything out of place...nothing. Then I hear some shuffling by the garage (MY BIKES ARE IN THERE), now the gloves are off. I open the front door and see two people crouched by the garage about 7 feet from the me.

All I could do was yell out "What the f#$% are you doing there?!" (I cracked myself up later on...can't believe that geezerly line came out of me) I was wearing my nightguard too, so imagine a muffled and loud version of that.

I close the door, and instead of reaching for the phone I grabbed a flashlight and was going to go out when my wife yelled at me to shut the door "ARE YOU CRAZY??" she said and dialed the cops. I was pumped and ready to throw down but ofcourse she was totally right. WTF was I going to accomplish...

Anyways, cops are here now....looks like garage ok, no damage (my freshly planted flower garden got trampled though)
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Old 06-19-07, 04:25 AM   #3
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Holy crap that is so scary! I pulled an all nighter at work, that's why I'm awake. Plus it's only 6 am here. Man that's so scary having two guys in your garage like that. I'm going to go home and check on my wife now.
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Hey PG, are you from the West Coast?


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Wife and I were asleep when I hear some noise outside the window of our bedroom. Definitely something or someone was there I could hear our patio furniture creaking. After listening for what felt like a minute I was convinced this was probably a neighbor cat or something, but stood up and poked out the window to be sure. Nothing. Now I was sure it was a cat.

Just to be sure I walk around the house (inside) looking for anything out of place...nothing. Then I hear some shuffling by the garage (MY BIKES ARE IN THERE), now the gloves are off. I open the front door and see two people crouched by the garage about 7 feet from the me.

All I could do was yell out "What the f#$% are you doing there?!" (I cracked myself up later on...can't believe that geezerly line came out of me) I was wearing my nightguard too, so imagine a muffled and loud version of that.

I close the door, and instead of reaching for the phone I grabbed a flashlight and was going to go out when my wife yelled at me to shut the door "ARE YOU CRAZY??" she said and dialed the cops. I was pumped and ready to throw down but ofcourse she was totally right. WTF was I going to accomplish...

Anyways, cops are here now....looks like garage ok, no damage (my freshly planted flower garden got trampled though)
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Old 06-19-07, 04:27 AM   #5
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Well I kinda wish I had some form of weapon now...but it may have made me run out into harms way instead of chill and wait for the cops...and now that I'm getting reports from the cops, it looks like they were a teenage couple just getting drunk (found bottles of JD and 7up) and maybe vandalizing/trying to get into the garage or something. Glad I didn't mow em down
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Yup. Hermosa Beach, CA.
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Never mind, just saw your location, I'm in Burbank...those Basta2s may still be around. Well, they'll be sorry if they poke in my garage.

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That's true. But I'm single so I only have myself to worry for. I'm glad your family is okay.


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Well I kinda wish I had some form of weapon now...but it may have made me run out into harms way instead of chill and wait for the cops...and now that I'm getting reports from the cops, it looks like they were a teenage couple just getting drunk (found bottles of JD and 7up) and maybe vandalizing/trying to get into the garage or something. Glad I didn't mow em down
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Old 06-19-07, 04:31 AM   #9
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Never mind, just saw your location, I'm in Burbank...those Basta2s may still be around. Well, they'll be sorry if they poke in my garage.
Yeah the cops are combing the area they tell me...at least until something more urgent comes up.
I don't think I'm getting to bed again tonight (not for a while at least)

Now I'm thinking: motion sensitive lighting, glass/barbed wire over the fence they scaled....what else? I need something more than my wooden cat statue to defend myself too....

Jeez...I'm rattled.
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That's tough. I think it's best to consider how many times these events transpired in the past. If this is the first time, and it was indeed just a few kids, than don't think too much about it and go back to sleep. There are too many gangs where I live so I have to consider the worst. And the worst, when you mentally played it out in your mind, resembles the final scene in Scorcese's Taxi Driver. Just take comfort that nothing bad happened. Your wife did make the better call

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Yeah the cops are combing the area they tell me...at least until something more urgent comes up.
I don't think I'm getting to bed again tonight (not for a while at least)

Now I'm thinking: motion sensitive lighting, glass/barbed wire over the fence they scaled....what else? I need something more than my wooden cat statue to defend myself too....

Jeez...I'm rattled.
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Old 06-19-07, 04:43 AM   #11
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Thanks, you're right ofcourse...just a bit too pumped to drop right back into sleep at the moment. Maybe time to break out some old DVD's. The patio chair where they were sitting and my head in the bed are probably 2-3 feet distance...creepy.
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In terms of non-lethal home defense, well-placed high-powered lights combined with motion sensors are a good choice. In most situations, a firm assertive tone of voice and a simple command (such as "Leave. Now.") are all that's needed. Firearms are a last resort, in my opinion (and I'm a gun owner).
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^ good to see a responsible gun owner.
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^ good to see a responsible gun owner.
I think most of them are.

At least the legal ones.
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Not the one's in southwest and north philadelphia.

Oh wait, you said legal.
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I can totally relate with the complete feeling of insecurity (for your home) and wanting to lock the place down like Alcatraz. I live in a ground floor condo and I came home from work one day, unlocked the front door, and the security chain was chained on the inside. I immediately took 2 steps back and thought "WTF?!?". I immediately called the cops but of course they took 15 min. to get here even though I told them I thought someone might still be in there. A guy showed up with a dog and then waited another 5 minutes or so for another officer to show up.....ridiculous. Anyway, when they cleared the place and said it was ok to go in the place was ransacked but luckily the only things taken were some new running shoes, loose change, a couple t-shirts, and some canned drinks from the fridge. I know, I know, strangest burglary ever....should have seen the looks the cops were giving me. Anyway, the best anyone can figure is that they were looking for drugs, cash, jewelry...quick money. They didn't touch my 300+ DVD collection, Xbox 360, computer, or any of the things they would normally go for. Anyway, I bought some new security measures for my sliding glass door which is where they managed to get in. I felt REALLY uncomfortable for a while, and still am a little uneasy to this day. You truly feel violated and "unsafe" when your shelter, castle if you will, has been breached.
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Yeah the cops are combing the area they tell me...at least until something more urgent comes up.
I don't think I'm getting to bed again tonight (not for a while at least)

Now I'm thinking: motion sensitive lighting, glass/barbed wire over the fence they scaled....what else? I need something more than my wooden cat statue to defend myself too....

Jeez...I'm rattled.
that's pretty scary, glad your wife stopped you from going back in there!
Im glad your family is OK! oh and your bikes
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QUESTION:
I'm renting this house....do you think I should pay for and install the motion sensitive lighing or is it worth asking the landlord nicely? Who's responsibility is it (I have to drill into walls and do some electrical work unless I buy these solar versions)
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Motion lights and a Mossberg 590 Persuader...
Or a trained Belgian Malinois...

You don't need to shoot anyone unless there is imminent danger. Just the sound of a big shotgun getting a shell racked into the barrel is usually enough to scare off most people.

The garage is one thing. Someone coming into the house @ 3 a.m. is likely going to get some lead poisoning...
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I can totally relate with the complete feeling of insecurity (for your home) and wanting to lock the place down like Alcatraz. I live in a ground floor condo and I came home from work one day, unlocked the front door, and the security chain was chained on the inside. I immediately took 2 steps back and thought "WTF?!?". I immediately called the cops but of course they took 15 min. to get here even though I told them I thought someone might still be in there. A guy showed up with a dog and then waited another 5 minutes or so for another officer to show up.....ridiculous. Anyway, when they cleared the place and said it was ok to go in the place was ransacked but luckily the only things taken were some new running shoes, loose change, a couple t-shirts, and some canned drinks from the fridge. I know, I know, strangest burglary ever....should have seen the looks the cops were giving me. Anyway, the best anyone can figure is that they were looking for drugs, cash, jewelry...quick money. They didn't touch my 300+ DVD collection, Xbox 360, computer, or any of the things they would normally go for. Anyway, I bought some new security measures for my sliding glass door which is where they managed to get in. I felt REALLY uncomfortable for a while, and still am a little uneasy to this day. You truly feel violated and "unsafe" when your shelter, castle if you will, has been breached.
That would rattle me big time...
The sliding glass doors on this place are really unsecure. In fact there are lots of broken locks and only thing keeping them from opening from outside are some jams. What did you get for added security?

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Im glad your family is OK! oh and your bikes

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Never hurts to have a gun when someone is breaking into your house. Of course, here in Maryland the law requires you to keep your guns locked and unloaded so they're really not terribly useful in a time-sensitive situation. If the two guys had decided not to leave immediately, that's when the cops can't do anything for you. No offense to cops, but they can't protect you.
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powerglide, was your garage locked? How did they gain entry?
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powerglide, was your garage locked? How did they gain entry?
Garage was locked and no entry was made. They were up to something at the garage door when I busted em but there's no damage on the locks or anything. I'm thinking they were more of the drunk/dumb teenager type than the hardened ski mask wearing types
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Great news. Glad to hear you're OK.
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The sound of a shotfun cocking can be pretty persuasive as well.
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