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Monday, June 11, 2007

Strange dispatch that I'm hearing more and more of:

"123."

"123, go ahead."

"123, be en route to 333 Buttercup Ln. Caller says that an unknown, unseen individual is ringing his doorbell and knocking on his door. Wants you to go checck it out."


Granted, I know nothing about the neighborhood. Granted, I know nothing about the caller. Maybe he's elderly, or handicapped.

But I'm hearing this a lot.

People are afraid to answer their doors, anymore.

What the hell?

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11 Comments:

At Monday, June 11, 2007 6:36:00 AM, Blogger GUYK said...

I live in a quiet rural part of Florida and I still answer the door with my shotgun in and if it is someone I don't know..I get some strange looks from the Jehova Witness and Seven dayers and sometimes I just get a "sorry, wrong address."

Too many bad guys and not enough good guys nowadays.

 
At Monday, June 11, 2007 8:14:00 AM, Anonymous JPG said...

Click. Click . . . . whirrrr . . . *rattle* . . . click. Sorry - - It took me a while to process that one. I'd no more answer the door after dark without a (concealed) handgun than without my trousers. Yes, I KNOW there are people who dislike firearms a lot, but this seems such an elementary precaution that it's hard for me to comprehend.

Happily, my bride accepts the realities of modern urban living. She recently asked me to leave a gun in the kitchen so she doesn't need to take her "pocket piece" to the back door with her. There's now a large revolver atop the 'fridge, just behind the cookies and chips.
JPG

 
At Monday, June 11, 2007 12:37:00 PM, Blogger BobG said...

It's probably just Mormon missionaries. They are the original MIB's. That's enough to spook anybody.

 
At Monday, June 11, 2007 1:14:00 PM, Anonymous Rabbit said...

I've found there's not much I can't address outside my front door with a bad dog in one hand and a .45 in the other.

Regards,
Rabbit.

 
At Monday, June 11, 2007 1:32:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

110 years ago, virtually no one had telephones in their homes, or even local police stations.

65 or 70 years ago, police cars didn't have radios in them.

Man, without this ability to dispatch officers to such emergency situations, there must've been a LOT of home invasions, right?

Uh, right???

 
At Monday, June 11, 2007 5:45:00 PM, Blogger Pawpaw said...

That bothers me too, although a goblin would be really dumb to knock on my door and try something ignorant.

Be kind to travelers and cautious abot strangers.

 
At Tuesday, June 12, 2007 1:12:00 AM, Blogger Babs RN said...

I don't answer mine, either, until I see who it is (same with the phone). Haven't in years. Of course I live alone out in the middle of nowhere. If it's business, they'll leave a card. If it's a friend, I'll know them on sight. Anybody else really doesn't have any business out here.

 
At Tuesday, June 12, 2007 10:49:00 AM, Blogger William the Coroner said...

I've found a 12 ga. in hand works wonders.

 
At Tuesday, June 12, 2007 3:57:00 PM, Blogger Matt G said...

A: Don't pretend that you'll be able to direct and redirect that 12 ga. like you can a mid-sized to large pistol. It's easier to get around the door, and doesn't frighten Aunt Sissy when she comes to call.

B: If you don't have a peephole for your door, get one; they're cheap and easy to install.

C: I'm extremely on board with being ready to defend your homestead with deadly force-- it's one of the most basic human (hell-- living) rights. But don't, friends, find yourself pointing a weapon at or intimidating innocent people for the "crime" of knocking your door.
See JPG's comment, and (a.), above.

 
At Wednesday, June 13, 2007 8:23:00 AM, Blogger Jonathan said...

don't, friends, find yourself pointing a weapon at or intimidating innocent people for the "crime" of knocking your door.

agreed, Matt. Be cautious, but don't get crazy.

 
At Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:20:00 AM, Anonymous Unix-Jedi said...

Having seen one of these:

http://www.imagewonders.com/

They're what I'll install from now on as a "peephole" - can see it from 3 feet back easily, hard to "block", and very easy to see detail.

 

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