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21 September 2006 @ 09:11 am
So, there's been a string of break-ins in my neighborhood the past couple weeks. I was talking to one of the victimized neighbors and they said that according to the cops, the best thing to do is to buy a gun. "Yeah, buy a gun and if they're running away when you shoot them, just drag them back into your house." And mind you the cop was telling this to a guy who he could see had children living in the house. Grrr....

We've decided to go with the slightly more expensive, but far less lethal approach of leaving our back yard light on at night (they've been coming into houses from the back alleys).

I've also considered going to the pet store and buying an oversized doggie water bowl and leaving it by the back door.

Listening to: Butch Walker - "Mixtape"
everybody hates a tourist.: mitchum & gardner.dynamine on September 21st, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
holy shit!! that's kind of yucky...you guys have good locks on the back door, though, so you oughtta be okay. right?

i love how ppl always think guns are the right answer to the home safety question. jesus.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd:  Ape vs. Jet Girlassmonkeydiary on September 21st, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
I suppose they're ok locks. They might slow a determined criminal down a little or frustrate a really lazy criminal.

Apparently this current criminal mastermind prefers to go in through windows, which is kind of good for us because we have that weird-ass kitchen window that I doubt a human could get through without ripping it apart and making a lot of noise.
Shayne Cookehappyfunwiseguy on September 21st, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)
You could teach your large doggie water bowl a secret "attack" word in a different language. One that only you would know, and a secret "stop attacking" word you could use when your doggie water bowl begins knawing on neighbour's children or elderly relatives:)
Diary of an Ass Monkeyassmonkeydiary on September 22nd, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
I named it Peanut!!!
Pallaspallasathene8 on September 21st, 2006 10:28 pm (UTC)
I trusted law enforcement much more before people I knew were incompetant fuckwits went into the business. And I started getting "r u hawt?" messages from personages claiming to be on the local force. Our lives are in the hands of morons.
Pallaspallasathene8 on September 21st, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
And before a dykey police trainer about faceplanted me into the gymnasium floor by my mandibulars.
(Anonymous) on September 21st, 2006 11:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry. I'm a former "gun-nut" and my opinion is that cop's comments are irresponsible. Having a gun...learning to use a gun...bragging about these thing...do not stop crime. They make lethal force a more viable option. You want to stop someone from breaking into your place? You cannot. If a criminal wants to get in badly enough and is intelligent enough, you can't stop him. All you can do is to make it more difficult. Less attractive. Either on an individual basis or a group basis. Start with your house and work your way up. Awareness, good locks, hardened windows, good lighting, no hiding spots, guard dog(s), a neighborhood watch...but a gun? It's too late and you've failed if you have to use a gun to repel a burglar.

[You know the joke about two guys in the jungle beig stalked by a leopard. One starts putting on running shoes. The other says, "You can't outrun a leopard." The other guy says, "I only have to out run you." ]

But it's likely if those two guys banded together they could keep the leopard @ bay.