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lovetheduns
12-10-2005, 12:56 AM
Okay--- so I just registered even though I have been lurking since I picked up my knitting needles again since the late summer. And, I think the reason why I am posting is because even after taking a mental health day from work and knitting furiously I am now still anxious.

Last night when I came home from feeding the horses at the barn where my horse lives and hanging out with my best friend at the barn, I came home to a cold house. It was around 9:30pm and I should have noticed the fact my house was freezing and that my kitty family was not visible. I live in the country and I usually only leave the outdoor lights on when I am not home (or my mom who lives with me as she just graduated from college as a returning adult and is looking for a job). As I stepped into my house, I heard a huge commotion-- and my first thoughts were that maybe my kitties were playing? Then I felt the floor vibrate with running feet-- I backed out of my house scared to death realizing that as my eyes adjusted to the lack of light that my back door was wide open and my living room was in a disarray.

When I backed out, I heard the footsteps running behind me in my backyard and through a bush line that seperates my house from an old home and property that is being prepared to be razed for development so it is an empty home.

I did not know whether to go back into my house or what-- so I then left the house and got into my car and called the police. I saw the burglarers backing out of the empty home and drive away. I guess they were not ultra professional criminals since they had to back out of the old driveway and they had not planned on that obviously.

As soon as it became dark today-- I felt... scared. Even though my boss told me to definitely take a sick day to secure my windows and doors and straighten my house--- the burglarers had gone through every single drawer, closet, box--- even my shoe boxes in my closet! They had busted a window in the back of my house and yet I can not find anything major they took. I have a MAC mini computer and I dont think they could find it (it is very tiny) and I have a laptop which was unplugged and hidden underneath my comforter since I had stripped the beds earlier that morning.

After waiting all night and getting the crime scene people out there to take fingerprints it was demoralizing to realize that the burglarars wore gloves and there is a slim chance of them being caught. The neighbour (I dont know if you can call someone who lives 10 acres away a neighbour) said that his home had been broken into dueing the day time a couple of months ago. It jus tmakes me feel violated and as if someone has taken away that false hope of.. being safe.

Even though I have tried to do just me things today, I feel like I can still hear those running footsteps in my house and it makes me paranoid to even leave my house. I keep thinking what if they come back... rationally I dont think they will. As I think they think I saw them pretty clearly... I pulled out of my driveway about an acre away from them as they backed out of the other driveway.

Anyhow.. I have knitted two dishcloths today, but I still feel a lurch everytime I hear a sound.

Anyone have any experiences?

Thanks

Christina

Ingrid
12-10-2005, 01:03 AM
I've been lucky in that regard, but I didn't want to see you sitting there all alone.

I'm so sorry that you had to go through that. I imagine it must have been terrifying. My sister was burglarized years ago, and though she didn't have much for them to take--just a jar of change--she felt violated all the same.

It is very unlikely that they would return, but I understand your discomfort. They may not have taken much of monetary value, but they took away your sense of safety, and that's worth a lot.

Hang in there.

KellyK
12-10-2005, 01:06 AM
Ive had my house broken into when I wasnt home & have also had my purse snatched. I know that feeling. :shock: Its AWFUL!

:heart: HUGS, Christina!! :heart:

Im afraid I dont have any brilliant advice for you....what you are feeling is NORMAL and not much helps but a little bit of time.

Maybe talk to the officers that took your report....ask them to check your house over for safety improvements you might make.

Jan in CA
12-10-2005, 01:11 AM
Fortunately, I have not been burglarized either. I'm so sorry this happened! I can't say I know exactly what it feels like, but I can imagine it and how scared you must be. I think your feelings are normal and it's just going to take you some time. Make sure you do all you can to secure your home and it will help you feel safer within. Welcome to the forum!

Jenelle
12-10-2005, 01:14 AM
Aww... I'm sorry to hear that your house was broken into. :(

I'm glad your okay, and sooner or later you won't have that fear. If you feel insecure, maybe ask a friend to stay for a few days?

lovetheduns
12-10-2005, 01:18 AM
I really appreciate it. It makes me so angry. When I moved here (I used to live in a house on a couple of wooded acres) and I used to feel very vulnerable. When I moved to my current house, I moved when I saw this little farm house was available because it was so close to my horse and barn friends. My barn manager and horse live less than a mile down the road-- and I would not even worry about locking doors if I were just going to the barn. Now after a year I do since a high school is being built across the street and there are more strange workers and people around. I am kinda of OCD about double checking doors, and just checking rooms and closets when I come home etc-- and since I moved here I did not really have to do that for the most part. I could fall asleep soundly turn off all of the lights in the house and even not wake up once my mom came home from her part time job late at night.

Now--- when it became dark at 6:00 or so I would not even leave the house to go do the fun barn things I do.

So that makes me angry-- it makes me angry that someone was watching to know when we are generally not home (my mom is home practically all day-- and then gone in the evening-- I am home in the early part of the evening 6:00ish and then leave for a bit and return by 9-10pm ish).

I think it makes me even angrier that my stuff was thrown around carelessly. My knitting things were all over the bedroom floor-- papers and books just thrown around and they left the house open to where my cats could have gotten out and that made me so upset and angry. Lucky for me and it must have been scary for them they were hiding underneath the sofa and would not even budge for dinner or hours later until they felt it was safe.

The police gave me some great suggestions. I got some dowels to prevent the windows that did not have locks on them from being slid upwards-- as I said my house is really old. And I am going to get a timer for the lights so it looks like someone is home. Now I have to remove the black powder stuff that is EVERYWHERE on my dresser drawers, closet doors, door knobs, the window sill, etc.

One of the cops mentioned getting a firearm, but I told him how in the world would that have helped me? Unless it was in my purse-- then it would have not have helped. Besides if it were left in my home, I am sure they could have found it and used it against me.

Another cop suggested getting a dog.

I don't understand people. I don't understand when it is obvious I am just a hardworking average person trying to survive and how someone could come in and take something from another person.. that is just so beyond my realm of thinking.

Jenelle
12-10-2005, 01:52 AM
Another cop suggested getting a dog.

Getting a dog wouldn't be that bad.... Everyone around the area have dogs. We have two who bark at everything that moves :shock:

Let me just say... If you are going to get a dog, get a puppy and train it to be a good dog to people you know and a mean dog to people you don't know.

gimmesanity
12-10-2005, 01:54 AM
First of all, {{{HUGS}}} to you, Christina.

When I was 14, my apartment was robbed while my family was sleeping. My younger brother was 8. He always slept with his door opened because he was afraid of the dark. The morning after it happened, my brother said that he dreamed that he woke up and saw someone by his door. This person put up their finger and 'shushed' him, so my brother went back to sleep - thankfully. It obviously wasn't a dream.

The burglars obviously knew what to look for - they knew where my dad kept his wallet, and they took some random things like a small radio and a toaster oven. A neighbor found his wallet the next morning in his backyard. Luckily, my dad only had about $20 in there, so it wasn't like they stole all that much monetarily. They did walk away with something very valualbe, thought, and that was our sense of security. I remember waking up in the middle of the night afraid to look at my door because I didn't know what I would do if I saw someone standing there. I would lay in bed for hours, just staring at the wall trying to will that sense of being watched to go away.

So, yes, I kind of know what you mean. It made me sooo angry to know that there are people out there with so little respect for another person's belongings, for another person's home. It took a while, but I eventually learned to relax and feel comfortable in my own home again. Granted, we always made sure to lock the windows and doors, and I still get a little freaked out every now and then whenever I'm home alone. I moved out a long time ago, but it's still strange to be in my home alone.

It does get better, chica. The officer was right, the chances of those people coming back to your house are slim to none because they know that they'll get caught. Cowards wouldn't risk that. It takes time to heal, but you'll get there.

Hugs,
~Sharon

humblestumble
12-10-2005, 01:55 AM
We have dogs and there was an intruder in our backyard who got bit, but the pound took the dog anyway and said if they bit again, it'd be put down. But maybe that's just the law here. No point in having a guard dog here if they're just gonna kill it if it does it's job. :rollseyes: But it could be different there. I know this must be a difficult time for you! That's just a crappy thing for someone to do to you.

KellyK
12-10-2005, 12:14 PM
I think that having a dog that barks is enough to make a burglar choose another house over yours.....they will choose the easier place to burgle.

feministmama
12-10-2005, 12:30 PM
....they will choose the easier place to burgle. is burgle a word?:roflhard:

When I was a kid we went away on vacation and came home to a completely empty house. The thieves got an 18 wheeler and jsut backed it up to the house and hauled everything out. They even cooked some food and left the dirty dishes in the sink. It makes me wonder what kind of society we have created to make someone so desperate to choose to do this.

KellyK
12-10-2005, 12:33 PM
Yes. Looky here (http://www.m-w.com/dictionary/burgle), Miss Femmy Smarty Pants!! :rofling:

earthchick
12-10-2005, 12:47 PM
{Hugs} Christina. I'm so sorry this happened to you. :(

My family's home was robbed when I was home for Christmas vacation my freshman year in college. I can still remember the panic rising in my throat when I came home from my Christmas job to find police cars in our driveway. The burglars had broken in during the day when nobody was home (usually my grandmother, who lived with us, would've been there, but she was gone that day). They kicked in the door, the dogs did nothing, and they took really random stuff (including a case of beer!), some valuable some not. It was extremely disturbing. I felt very violated knowing that thieves had been in our home, in my room, etc. We lived in the country as well, and so were isolated from neighbors who might otherwise have scared intruders away. We got an alarm system after that and felt much safer. I would highly recommend it to anyone living in a rural area - the peace of mind was so worth the cost.

I'm really sorry for what you've been through. Are your kitties all right?

InterNette
12-10-2005, 12:56 PM
I been robbed more than once. The last time was a moving compaby delievering a dresser, my strict instructions to my roommate was leave it on the hall, I will take care of it when I come home. I arrived about 15 min after they left opened the garage and my old dresser was out there, and I knew in my heart what happened. My jewelry was in it and it was gone. I had a 2 carat ring from my marriage and it was missing along with other pieces. The cops came, the man worked for the moving company 7 years (they swore he wouldnt steal) had a criminal record a mile long, he sold it for fast cash for drugs having no idea its value. He tried to sell a tv to a pawn shop a couple weeks later with a fake id and then they cops were called and traced the TV , he stole that ladies jewlery as well. The company finally fired him, but he had done the damage. So I spent 2 years every single time I saw their moving truck I stopped and went inside and told the people the company has employees who rob and showed them my police report and gave the detectives name to anyone who wanted to check. They are rarely seen anywhere in town. They use to have most of the main accounts with furniture stores and I am proud to say no longer do. However the flip side the man who I did help get those accounts has become so big, he is a royal *** and treats me like I am too small when I call and need service and like he did it on his own.
I still get angry, I still dream of ripping his limbs off and shoving them down his throat. My insurance also informed me my jewlery wasnt covered as well as the moving company insurance didnt cover the4ft, just damages. The things you learn when it is too late.

amy
12-10-2005, 02:25 PM
Welcome Christina.
Wow, that's so horrible. :( Sorry that's happened to you! {{{{{HUGS}}}}}

I'm from the city originally, and I've always considered the country to be so much safer. Gives me chills to think of someone breaking in. We live in a rural area now.

Femmy, I can't get over your story of having your whole house emptied! :shocked: Good heavens!

Annette, wow, good for you for following up and getting that guy fired from the moving company. And warning people.

We're lucky, we're almost always home. And we live in a duplex house, so between our neighbors and ourselves, our house is never vacant. But still, you never know what's possible.

My husband says when we own our own house, he wants to put in an alarm system. You all have got me thinking, and I have to say I think it's a good idea. I also like the idea of having some kind of video system, if that's affordable these days. Seems that's you're only chance of catching people, is to catch them on video.

Jan in CA
12-10-2005, 02:45 PM
When I was a kid we went away on vacation and came home to a completely empty house. The thieves got an 18 wheeler and jsut backed it up to the house and hauled everything out. They even cooked some food and left the dirty dishes in the sink. It makes me wonder what kind of society we have created to make someone so desperate to choose to do this.

OMG I've heard of that happening. That has to be a HUGE shock! :shock: Did you ever get anything back or find the thieves?

lovetheduns
12-10-2005, 03:04 PM
Wow.. hearing some of your stories are amazing.

I can not even *believe* that someone can empty a whole house and sleep another day in their lives. That is beyond cruel and crass. Monsters.

I feel fortunate--- I am still going through all of my paperwork but I have to admit it is difficult because I can not begin to know what is really missing from it.

Other than that-- I have spent the afternoon pruning my hedges around my windows and since I live in a pretty old farmhouse, I have been nailing the windows whose locks really do not work now. I know this can be a fire issue, but the bedrooms are close to the front and side doors and the back room (where the burgalers entered) is in the back with the kitchen. I would rather break a window in the case of an emergency than feel vulnerable. The police advised me to do something like this-- they said that for the most part a burgler makes a decision to enter the house very quickly-- if it takes more time they may decide to go to a more vulnerable home. I will also actually use the backdoor light more often since in the past I did not turn it on since.. well I could not see the light back there. *lol*

I am also planning to buy some light timers this weekend as the police suggested.

As for my kitty family-- they are all safe (I wont say how many I have.. *lol* it is rather embarassing, I found a stray who happened to be pregnant-- some of th ebabies had health issues-- mama was a kitten too and I nursed them all and kept them because I did not have the heart to see them leave to unknown families. The kitties were petrified though.. they had hidden underneath the couch and did not come out for hours after the police and crime scene techs left.

I feel more secure... but at the same time.. it makes me nauseous to think about going to my part time job tonight as my mom also works as well.. and even though I would only be gone for an hour or two at most-- it just makes me feel.. panicky that someone may try again or they may come back. I guess that just disappears with time.

OB Knitting: I started knitting again (I only knitted very very briefly as a teenager-- so briefly i never finished the one thing i tried to make *lol*) this past late summer when I saw a coworker of mine knitting in the breakroom. I told her I remembred it being so therapeutic and she said it was her prozac. She said she would teach me and that day I bought needles and yarn and she taught me after hours. :)

I am by no means so very advanced now. Most of everything I learned after relearning how to knit and cast on has been through these videos. :)

I do not have a lot of time to knit unfortunately. I work full time and have a part time job at an airline. I am also a full time student trying to finish enough credt hours to get enough hours to sit for the CPA exam here in NC. Then my horse.. *lol* I do all of my knitting at my part time job (unless I spend the weekend knitting in the evenings) as a part time reservations agent. It is great- I knit while talking to customers though I do have to put the knitting down in order to type. *lol* It keeps my focused without getting inpatient with people-- or if they are rude it keeps me just slightly removed where it is kind of like water on a ducks back. A lot of the people in our lost baggage department knit all of the time-- as it helps keeping you focused but not letting the continous calls of angry passengers get to you personally.

I have to admit, I am in awe of some of your projects! I love this site. :)

Sara
12-10-2005, 03:09 PM
My mom's house was broken into two years ago. Thank God she wasn't home. The kid that did it had just been let out of jail that afternoon. He was 19. Apparently he was desperate for drug money. He went thru mom's neighborhood that evening. A lady up the street said her 5 dogs went crazy and she saw a guy running away from her door. A man a few blocks away said that some guy pounded on his door, yelling for help. The man thought something was fishy and told him to go away.

Eventually the guy found mom's house, broke in the window on the back living room door, and ransacked the house. He didn't take anything. Mom doesn't have expensive jewelry or guns. The kid was high already, so he wasn't terribly with it. Her biggest loss? Beside a broken window, he ate a jar of pickles that was in her fridge, they found half of one on the floor. So he was apparently there for awhile, I just feel sick when I think that she could have come home when he was there.

My brother was helping to put the house back together when he found a coffee cup on the top shelf of a kitchen cupboard that had $400 in it from one of mom's bingo wins. Talk about an unlucky thief! The cops caught him an hour after mom called for help. He was still in the same neighborhood. They caught him in someone else's garage, trying to get into the house.

He was supposed to pay reparations to my mom and others, but it would have been 69 cents per week and mom didn't want to have the reminder of it. She still gets scared, sometimes. She bought better screen doors with deadbolt locks and she already had security lights.

I asked her to think about what she would have done if he had come to the door while she was there. I pointed out that she probably would have opened the door. She agreed with me. We had a big discussion about safety. Leaving lights on at night. Not giving info to people over the phone, even if they say it's an emergency. Not letting people in the house, even women. I worry about her all the time. Having elderly parents is just as much a worry as having kids.

I'm sorry this happened to you. Do you have a friend who could come and sleep over for a few nights? It might help keep your mind off of it.
Take care! Give those kitties a treat, too. They deserve it, poor dears.

Jan in CA
12-10-2005, 03:14 PM
Lovetheduns... I found this in DIY and it might offer you some more ideas.
http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/pac_ctnt/text/0,2019,DIY_14161_32499,00.html

ebrperk
12-10-2005, 03:23 PM
Sad to say I have been in your shoes too. DH came home one day and our house had been broken into throught a window that we had left open since it was a pretty day in September. I remember walking down the hall and feeling like you just didn't want to be there. It does get better though. It also makes you mad. I have also had my car broken into twice. We live in a small town now and I feel a little safer but I still lock the doors at night and try to be safe as I can. I am sorry that it has happened to you. LOTS OF HUGS.




Robin

lovetheduns
12-10-2005, 04:16 PM
Jan in CA--- thanks so much for the link-- I have looked at a couple of these videos and plan to implement some of their suggesstions.

Andrea
12-10-2005, 07:38 PM
I'm so sorry!! Hang in there...and be patient, as something could surface even without fingerprints---people who do these horrible things usually end up bragging about it...esp. teenagers

I echo the officer's suggestions, as I am an officer myself. Also think about getting motion sensor lights on the outside of your house, as a burglar will see this and think the homeowner has heard something and is putting the lights on to see...

feministmama
12-11-2005, 01:40 AM
OMG I've heard of that happening. That has to be a HUGE shock! :shock: Did you ever get anything back or find the thieves?

Actually we did. My mother was driving around one day and saw our couch and some other furniture on someone's lawn. She called the police and they wre arrested. she had a hard time with the insurance company though and was never fully restituded (is that a word?). The thieves turned out to be "friends" of my uncle. He was supposed to be watching the house while we were away. He had some friends over for a party and got a chance to scope the place out. My mum was SOOOOOOOO mad at him. She even threw a bottle of champagne at him. We never did live in that house again. It was very traumatic. but time heals. Be good to yourself

lovetheduns
12-11-2005, 03:21 AM
Wow... so you were not able to live there much longer. I can imagine... right now that is how I feel. I was able to get off of work tonight and not go into my part time job--- which was a relief... I did not want to come home by myself. I can't wait until I feel okay with that again.

So the people that stole your household things actually used some of it and then left some of it out for garbage??? Bizarro. I just can not fathom what goes on in people's minds.

dustinac
12-11-2005, 11:09 AM
I"m sorry this happened to you I can understand that you would feel violated so sorry it happened to all of you...


Welcome to the forum!!

VictoiseC
12-11-2005, 02:18 PM
Christina, that's such a bummer and wow, I would be so scared too if that happened. I live in New York city but also have a house up in the country. The only thing that ever happened to us was quite a few years ago we were going on our summer vacation. We had a little bus we traveled in and camped in. So my husband had loaded everything in the bus including all his fishing equipment, nice fishing rods. He made a last trip upstairs and when we came down everything was gone. Middle of the day, crowded street.
Jerks.

But of course what you went through is so scary and that terrible invasive feeling that someone's been in your house. Can you get a dog? I would definitely do that if you can, if you get a puppy the cats will get along with him. A loud yapper. (HumbleStumble, I would think you could sue the police or whoever that was if they wanted to take your dog away from you for biting an intruder... that has got to be against the law!)

An alarm system isa good idea too. Keep in touch with the police, maybe they will cruise the neighborhood more often.

What's really amazing to me is where we have our house no one, NO ONE in the town locks their doors. My father came to visit from Arizona and he kept going around locking all the doors. It's like another century. There are NO THEFTS. Absolutely lovely. Well, hope you're feeling better!
cheers, Vic

Indygirl
12-11-2005, 08:38 PM
Okay--- so I just registered even though I have been lurking since I picked up my knitting needles again since the late summer. And, I think the reason why I am posting is because even after taking a mental health day from work and knitting furiously I am now still anxious.

Last night when I came home from feeding the horses at the barn where my horse lives and hanging out with my best friend at the barn, I came home to a cold house. It was around 9:30pm and I should have noticed the fact my house was freezing and that my kitty family was not visible. I live in the country and I usually only leave the outdoor lights on when I am not home (or my mom who lives with me as she just graduated from college as a returning adult and is looking for a job). As I stepped into my house, I heard a huge commotion-- and my first thoughts were that maybe my kitties were playing? Then I felt the floor vibrate with running feet-- I backed out of my house scared to death realizing that as my eyes adjusted to the lack of light that my back door was wide open and my living room was in a disarray.

When I backed out, I heard the footsteps running behind me in my backyard and through a bush line that seperates my house from an old home and property that is being prepared to be razed for development so it is an empty home.

I did not know whether to go back into my house or what-- so I then left the house and got into my car and called the police. I saw the burglarers backing out of the empty home and drive away. I guess they were not ultra professional criminals since they had to back out of the old driveway and they had not planned on that obviously.

As soon as it became dark today-- I felt... scared. Even though my boss told me to definitely take a sick day to secure my windows and doors and straighten my house--- the burglarers had gone through every single drawer, closet, box--- even my shoe boxes in my closet! They had busted a window in the back of my house and yet I can not find anything major they took. I have a MAC mini computer and I dont think they could find it (it is very tiny) and I have a laptop which was unplugged and hidden underneath my comforter since I had stripped the beds earlier that morning.

After waiting all night and getting the crime scene people out there to take fingerprints it was demoralizing to realize that the burglarars wore gloves and there is a slim chance of them being caught. The neighbour (I dont know if you can call someone who lives 10 acres away a neighbour) said that his home had been broken into dueing the day time a couple of months ago. It jus tmakes me feel violated and as if someone has taken away that false hope of.. being safe.

Even though I have tried to do just me things today, I feel like I can still hear those running footsteps in my house and it makes me paranoid to even leave my house. I keep thinking what if they come back... rationally I dont think they will. As I think they think I saw them pretty clearly... I pulled out of my driveway about an acre away from them as they backed out of the other driveway.

Anyhow.. I have knitted two dishcloths today, but I still feel a lurch everytime I hear a sound.

Anyone have any experiences?

Thanks

Christina My sister was broken into a few years back, she was at home and in bed sick. She went downstairs and called out, they ran. She has always had a radio playing when she is alone or goes away from that time . They would not be as apt to break in if they think you are at home with the radio on. O and by the way she identfied them and they went to JAIL.

MaggieL
12-11-2005, 09:41 PM
When dating, my DH's home was broken into. As much as it bothered my, I can just imagine how you feel. (I didn't even live there.)

roxyquiksilver34
12-12-2005, 12:46 AM
I've been burglarized 3x

2x in NJ
1 time here in MD
and we had DH's car stolen 18 months ago.

We don't live in bad areas, it's actually quiet and very suburbia-like, but it just goes to show that crime will happen anywhere.


*sigh*

mintdee
12-12-2005, 01:16 AM
I am so sorry to hear this happened! The worse that has happened to me was when my hubby and kids went on vacation someone (we are thinking kid) ran in and took our Xbox. We think that it was a kid because 1. while the xbox was taken the cord that connects the xbox to the tv was hanging out of the door and the vcr was between the tv and the door and 2. my purse was sitting on the table (same room) not bothered. So we are thinking that some kid saw us leave, ran in and took the first thing he saw and then left as fast as possible. Didn't really bother my hubby and myself so much but my poor kids did not want to go to sleep the night we got home because they thought that more stuff would get stolen :(

Honestly something is just wrong with you if you think you need to break in to a persons house. Kinda makes you wonder what they are thinking.

beldaraan
12-12-2005, 03:33 AM
We have been robbed several times (4) and once was while we were home. We were in bed (around 9am) and our son was in his own room sleeping as well. We had just moved into an apartment on the main floor. The thieves got in through the patio door (they're installed from the outside...hullo) and took our 2 month old laptop.

We were angry at first, then by the afternoon we felt lucky that they didn't take our son or attack us personally, and by the evening we were scared. We slept on the floor in our son's room that night. When he needed his bottle we felt torn. We didn't want to leave our son alone and neither of us wanted to go out of the room alone either. It was very irrational, because the police told us that the "kids" wouldn't come back.

It took us time to feel better and move on from it. We also got a lot of support from the police. We picked up a lot of pamphlets which had tips on how to better protect your home, self, car, etc from theft. That was what helped me to heal in some ways. Talking about it helped too.

kemp
12-12-2005, 11:38 AM
So sorry to hear about your experiences everyone!

Christina...I'm sure time will help but it is great you are doing something proactive so soon after this happened. I've seen some easy to install alarms at target for individual doors and windows. They might help you feel a bit better.

jenamiles
12-12-2005, 09:06 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your experience. I have only been through one burglary (and it turned out to be my dumb uncle and some doped up friends.) It definitely scares you and makes you a little uncertain about how secure you are in your house.

My husband is gone alot (so much so that alot of people still think I'm single with kids and I've lived here a year now). I have a dog that "protects" us and is part of the family. Honestly, she wouldn't hurt a fly, but she looks like she would just love to get a hold of a lower leg as a chew toy. She is a Neopolitan Mastiff so she is about 150 pounds, dark gray, and has a huge mouth :) Anyone who ever walks in my house thinks twice before coming all the way in. With her here, I feel much securer. I am a big advocate for dogs as a deterent to thieves or other bad people.

Jen

jenamiles
12-12-2005, 09:07 PM
I am so sorry to hear about your experience. I have only been through one burglary (and it turned out to be my dumb uncle and some doped up friends.) It definitely scares you and makes you a little uncertain about how secure you are in your house.

My husband is gone alot (so much so that alot of people still think I'm single with kids and I've lived here a year now). I have a dog that "protects" us and is part of the family. Honestly, she wouldn't hurt a fly, but she looks like she would just love to get a hold of a lower leg as a chew toy. She is a Neopolitan Mastiff so she is about 150 pounds, dark gray, and has a huge mouth :) Anyone who ever walks in my house thinks twice before coming all the way in. With her here, I feel much securer. I am a big advocate for dogs as a deterent to thieves or other bad people.

Jen

lovetheduns
12-13-2005, 12:32 AM
Wow... I can only imagine being at home when a robber tries to enter the home... the idea makes me nauseous. Beldaraan-- have you been robbed four times at your current home or just throughout your life??

Kemp-- I will go take a look at Target... thank you for the heads up.

So far-- it has been hard.. I am exhausted right now, but a little too afraid to go sleep... and it is safe to say almost every light is on in my house. ;)

My mom does not get home until after 1:00-1:30... so I need to settle down a little bit more.

It is interesting because I am usually a very hard sleeper. Last night I wake up after hearing what sounded like pebbles or kernels dropping on the kitchen floor. I panickly called out to my mom who also woke up-- she has been sleeping lightly too-- and come to find out when we went to look I had forgotten to put up the cat food and two of my little furbabies had knocked over the bag.

lovetheduns
12-13-2005, 12:37 AM
Roxy--- wow.. I just saw you said you were burglarized 3 times and a car stolen.

I guess I have been living in a bubble. Even where I grew up was an older neighbourhood which was deteriorating with every year and I never felt completely vulnerable.

Now I just... bleck... just dont feel secure. Heck even when I see the kitties making a weird stare-- I have to check it out.

What I do like to know at least is that so many people on this forum have responded to similar experiences or family members experiences-- and everyone seems to have been able to cope and move on-- so I just hope that day hurries and comes sooner than later.

At least there is knitting it helps with my nerves!

Jenelle
12-13-2005, 12:42 AM
Ahh.. Now I remember something.

My gramma was in the hospital for 11 in October. Whenever she got back, she noticed that she was missing three bottles of pills(all out in the open). She never reported it though. I think it was my cousins friend. We live right beside my gramma's house and I would have noticed anything.

And a few years back my gramma got her car stolen in Canada while visiting some online friends who lived there. Appearently, the parked in this hotels parking lot, gave the keys to the guard. They wanted to go out for a drink and noticed that the car wasn't there. The guard appearently gave the keys to some kids and they drove it a few miles, then striped it down to nothing. Sad really. The guard was fired immediatly and she got to stay at the hotel while my pap drove the whole way up there. They paid her for gas money on the way back and on the way!