Over the past several weeks there has been a rash of home robberies in my hometown. The thieves are targeting houses when nobody is home, breaking a back window with a rock or a propane tank, entering the residence, and stealing easy-to-carry items like laptops, jewelry boxes, and other smaller valuables.
There is understandably a ton of heightened emotion around this issue.
People, even those who have not been targeted, feel violated. They are worried about their own safety, the safety of their families, and belongings. Our homes are our sanctuaries, and the fact or possibility of them being broken into is scary.
But, many are taking to social media in order to fan the flames of fear.
Granted, it is beneficial for us to be aware of what is going on, what to look out for, and what the perpetrators look like. What cars have been seen.
The uncertainty of whose house will be targeted next can be terrifying! But that terror can be crippling.
Fear caused by this uncertainty can lead to suspecting malice in every bump in the night; every stranger walking down the street; every knock at the door. I’ve seen posts proclaiming how many bullets would be used, and others describing fear of interacting with any stranger, at home and out in the world. And yet others blaming my town’s teenagers, when no evidence exists that teenagers are involved. The only people described are white males in their 30s.
A healthy caution is good- being sensible about safety at home and when out and about can usually prevent us from being in a dangerous situation. Some of these precautions can be:
- Keeping your home’s doors and windows locked when not home and at night.
- Verifying the identity of anyone coming to the door. House to house salespeople are required to get a permit in my town, and utility workers will have company identification. You can always call the company to double-check that an employee is legitimate before opening the door.
- Home security systems. Here’s an affordable one on Amazon: YI 4pc Home Camera, Wireless IP Security by YI for $99.99 http://amzn.to/2Cf5Lkr
- Noting and reporting to police any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.
- Getting to know the neighbors, and watching out for each other’s homes.
- Being aware of surroundings when out and about.
- Parking under lights at parking lots or on the street if out after dark.
- The Buddy System- going out in pairs or more.
- Getting a dog.
- Learning to protect yourself. Martial arts centers can help. Obtaining a firearm can help if you obtain a license, learn to use it responsibly, and know the laws about use of deadly force in your state. A word of caution; guns can be taken from and turned on the owner, and are a desirable item for the thieves to steal, so make sure it is in your control or locked up at all times if you do get one.
This list is by no means exhaustive, but are some good tips to be aware of.
Breathe. Go about your life. Be aware but not afraid. I know that can be easier said than done, but worrying about something we can’t control zaps vitality and enjoyment from life.
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