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A criminal with the keys to my home, and I remain unarmed...

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Nightfall, May 14, 2004.

  1. Nightfall

    Nightfall Well-Known Member

    I just have to keep telling myself it's not much longer till I'm moving out...

    Around 10:30 this morning, we got a call from my mother's job. She works at a church, and they occasionally get the types looking for hand-outs, in the form of food/money/etc. Needless to say, some of these folks are... unsavory. Well, this particular fellow had been there the day before. He came back today, and my mother went to get the pastor like usual. When she came back he was gone, along with her purse, which contained her check books, driver license, keys, etc. After a call from the police and a visit from some detectives, I along with several other people checked the area alleys, dumpsters, and so on to see if he had dumped it. Turns out that a surveillance tape from the 7 Eleven across the street showed this guy asking the clerk for a white plastic bag, and leaving with it. Shortly after, apparently he came back to her office, and stole her purse after she left to bring the church pastor for him. With a 7 Eleven bag to conceal it in, he had little reason to quickly get rid of it.

    Here comes the fun part. :banghead: Live ammunition is forbidden in this house. Though I disagree, it's their home, so I abide by it (not much longer till I move out... not much longer till I move out...). But now there is a criminal in the area with keys to every lock in our home, and our address. We are about 20 minutes from the nearest police. I just found out they have decided NOT to change the locks. I have a shotgun that would be adequate for personal defense at home... but despite a criminal with the keys to this house, our address, and the fact that we live a good distance from police assistance... they still refuse to have any ammunition in their home. Their mind blowing logic for this stance is that he probably won't come here. :rolleyes: And my suggestion of my mother having a CCW since she had to deal with this on a regular basis was met with the usual roll of the eyes.

    One more time, repeat it with me folks... "not much longer until I move out"

    :banghead: :cuss:
  2. Sisco

    Sisco Well-Known Member

    You may not be able to change their minds about guns in the home but please talk them into changing the locks!
  3. Wildalaska

    Wildalaska member

    May I suggest a trip to the local sporting goods store for an aluminum softaball bat?

    Try this...find a ssmall tree...kneel down on a line with it far enough away from it so that the sweet spot of the bad will strike the tree...take a deep breath and swing as hard as you can..

    Then imagine kneeling at the side of a doorway swinging for the shins as an intruder enters....

    Some times a gun is just too...well....final :)

  4. clipse

    clipse Well-Known Member

    I agree completely with Wildalaska. My Louisville Slugger never let me down. Aluminum is easier to control than wood and lighter(faster) than wood. A good 4-6 D maglight would work great too.

  5. Frohickey

    Frohickey Well-Known Member

    Couldn't you change the locks?
  6. OH25shooter

    OH25shooter Well-Known Member

    As a "moving away" present, you should call a locksmith and change the settings in the locks. A little less hassle for your mom, compared to a complete handle/lock switch. Also, the odds are that thief will not visit the home. Crap like that want a quick fix, cash, credits, etc. I assume the cards have been cancelled. When a new drivers license is obtained, DO NOT let your mom put her social security number on it. That's allowed in my state, hopefully yours as well.
  7. TarpleyG

    TarpleyG Well-Known Member

    Screw the bat. Go to the local sporting goods store and get a box of 00 buckshot and keep it hidden away. Your safety is at stake, parents or not.

  8. ShaiVong

    ShaiVong Well-Known Member

    I agree completely with tarp. They have no hold over your safety. A box of 00 is small and easily hidden.

    If they find it, I would give them a choice of me or the 00. No way am I going to stay in a place where they're idocy has made me defenseless AND in direct danger.
  9. lee n. field

    lee n. field Well-Known Member

    Ah, but wood makes a much nicer sound when it hits. None of this hollow "tunk!" noise. :D

    (I think either will do the job.)
  10. Josey

    Josey member

    EMERGENCY! Get their heads out of the sand. A scumbag has their lives in the palm of his hands. Call the bank and cancel all credit and debitcheck cards issued by them, close ALL accounts and change direct deposits. Change all automatic withdrawals too. Contact social security immediately and stop/notify of new bank account numbers and get new social security card. Notify DMV and get new driving license WITHOUT SS #. Call all credit card issuers and notify of the theft. Your parents are liable for charges incurred by the thief otherwise. Notify any investments, retirements and others that your mother had her IDENTITY stolen. Contact a locksmith to rework the locks and make new keys on an emergency basis. Get a baseball bat. Your parents should contact an electrician about installing perimeter motion sensing security lighting. Your mother needs a smaller purse with a lanyard to carry with her. You should also cancel and replace telephone, cell phones and long distance phone cards. Do your parents drive a nice car? I have known snatchers to sell popular car keys with address to car thieves. The thieves like the deals, they have the remote entry, the keys and the address.
  11. spacemanspiff

    spacemanspiff Senior Member

    i've said it before.....

    hope is NOT a strategy for self defense.

    "i HOPE i wont get carjacked."
    "i HOPE i wont get raped."
    "i HOPE i wont get killed."
    "i HOPE that guy who mugged me wont come to my home and do me harm."
  12. odysseus

    odysseus Well-Known Member

    Makes no sense that you say the locks won't be changed. Change your locks now and post some watch. He might not strike now while he knows its hot, but he will explore. He is probably is or has been "casing" the spot to see the behaivior of the location. Be random, use situational awareness and change your locks. If something else happens because you didn't change your locks, everyone will be like - "Why didn't you change your locks?" since you know he has the keys. Do everything in your power to not use the last resort as you seem to be eluding too here. By the sounds of it all of you are ill prepared and not of the mindset to properly handle this situation.

    Stop thinking like a victim and take control of the situation! Lighting, locks, clear brush and limbs from areas of hiding. Promote growth and obstacles under windows and other areas. Have mace, baseball bats, knives, etc. if you cannot use firearms. Don't use firearms if you and those around you living there are not a team and fully understand this. Saying this though, a firearm without ammunition is a stick and a liability.
  13. No offense but your parents aren't thinking like rational folk.

    Do all that was mentioned above and CHANGE THE LOCKS!

    They are probably right, that person won't be the one that shows up at the house. They will sell the keys and the address.

    Someone home all day long?

    If not, say goodbye to all the goods in the home (unless your neighbors keep a lookout and are home all day).

    It's beyond stupid not to change the locks IMNSHO. Oh, your shotgun is now in danger of being taken and used against someone in an act of crime, which means that that puppy is GONE if they get ahold of it, even if the cops recover it.

  14. saddenedcitizen

    saddenedcitizen Well-Known Member

    As others have said

    Absolute MINIMUM -

    credit cards - You DO have a list of all of them, right ??
    drivers license
    SS #

    CHANGE THE BLOODY LOCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NOW

    House/car/shed EVERYTHING !!

    This 'person' will SELL what he has, - INFORMATION
    and ACCESS - to someone else who WILL use it (why else
    would they buy it from him - sentimental value ??!!!)

    Get a credit report from all 3 agencies and have your
    'account' with them 'flagged' so that
    NEW credit cards/accounts CANNOT be opened without
    you being notified.

    The 'identity thieft' may not occur for a while but my money
    would be on - it WILL occur - and when it does, you need to
    be ready.

    Sounds like you are living with people who still believe
    that everyone is really a 'good person' just misunderstood
    and really harbor no ill will toward their fellow man.
    A lot of this belief comes from religions - well intended
    but horribly misguided and dangerous.

    There are people in this world who will kill you just for
    the 'fun' of it.

    Good Luck
  15. angrywalkindude

    angrywalkindude Well-Known Member

    Go buy or borrow some shotgun shells and don't tell them. It only take's one slug to the head.
  16. Nightfall

    Nightfall Well-Known Member

    Everything has been canceled, and I drove her to the DMV (across from the local general store where I was gonna get some buckshot :() where she got a new license (WITHOUT her SSN). She will contact SS. All these type of things have been taken care of. I'm not sure if they think our house is safe because we live a few miles out of town, but to me it just screams ISOLATED TARGET, NO NEIGHBORS WATCHING, POLICE 20 MINUTES AWAY. I cannot fathom why they say they aren't going to change the locks. I don't care how much you don't want a loaded firearm in your home, not changing the locks when a criminal has the keys and your address is just plain STUPID. I'm at a loss. I've been talking to them about it, and brought up some of the points made here. Of course, I'm going to keep pressing the issue. Hell, I'll pay for it if I have to. Another point is that this criminal knows where she parks her car (a Nissan Altima) every day, and has the keys.

    I've got a nice Ka-Bar knife around, I guess that's about the best I can do for defense for now. *sigh*
  17. yodaddy

    yodaddy Active Member

    <P>go to the range :D , plug 1 target really good. Bring it home and put it outside near an area visable to people near the front door. Cough up the 50 or so bucks to change the locks for them. Is your parents bieng ignorant(not trying to belittle parents) gonna make you look the other way? Obviously they trust that GOD will protect them, well we highroaders know that while GOD is great, 230 grain cruse missles also do the good lords work.<P>

    Stay safe, Santos
  18. Gordon Fink

    Gordon Fink Well-Known Member

    Changing the locks was standard procedure after keys were merely lost, in my family. Often, the lost keys would be found years later. It’s a common-sense precaution.

    ~G. Fink
  19. Dionysusigma

    Dionysusigma Well-Known Member

    Figure out where they put their keys when they come home. Late at night, when all are asleep (except for you), go around to every lock on the house and change it yourself. Then get their keys, remove the old one, and slip on the replacement. You'll be tired the next day, and safe(r).

    Either that, or keep a box of 00 on your windowsill outside. :p
  20. Mannlicher

    Mannlicher Well-Known Member

    I don't even know how to respond to that.....................

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