Friday, February 5, 2016
My grandson gets up for work at 4 AM and is out the door in 20 minutes. I get up too, just to wish him a good day. Then I read my email and blog roll......
4:25 AM and the phone rings...It can only be BAD. Since Corey just left, I expected it to be him and never checked the caller ID. I grabbed the phone quick so the ringing wouldn't wake up Terry.
The person on the other end did not reply to my Hello...their finger hit the key pad because a couple of times I heard musical beeps. Oh..this was going to be bad. I expected it to be about my Father In Law...remember he is not well.
I heard a timid female voice saying ...Carol...someone tried to break into my house..I said I'll be right there and woke Terry up as I put on my shoes and coat. The call was from my 85 year old sister who lives across the street kitty corner from my house.
4:30 in the morning and someone kicked in her back door. WHO DOES THAT!! Who kicks in a door and doesn't care if they are heard???? What would they do to her if they were able to actually go into the living area of her house? As it is, Terry had installed dead bolt locks and it wasn't easy for them to break the door down. They did kick in the bottom hinge. Who knows why they left. Too hard for them to get in? The area is well lit. There is a security night guard which was installed on a pole by the electric company right outside the door!
Her next door neighbor had heard the noise and called the police who were there by the time I got there. The neighbor mentioned that the house across the street from my sis, which is two doors down from me, had THEIR door kicked in two weeks ago.
Basically I don't live in a high crime area. It's a rural area that has grown more populated since we moved here. We have always had some neighborhood trouble in the 40 years we have lived here but nothing serious. In my opinion kicking in doors at 4 AM is SERIOUS.
Terry has a lot of experience repairing kicked in doors. Before he retired, he worked for almost 20 years as a Maintenance Manager in a large local apartment complex. Due to physical limitations, he is no longer able to do this kind of repair so he called a contractor he knows to replace the door. A new door with a sturdy and maintenance free jamb, new locks including dead bolts. We also bought a door security bar which is a bar that fits under the door knob and wedges tightly from the floor as additional security. The effect is similar to a chair wedged under a door knob.
Short of having a security company install alarms, what more can we do to keep her safe? The door in question does not have a storm door. The contractor suggested a security storm door which is really heavy and also has two dead bolts. The weather was cold and snowy yesterday so that will be done in the near future. Repairs cost $600. Why would these guys think that they are entitled to steal what my sister has...or worse. I still can't shake thinking of what might have happened.
Keep watch...investigate noises...look out for your neighbor...don't forget