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Burglaries Still a Concern

August 30, 2011 - Heather Ziegler
Last week my work schedule allowed me a day off during the week as I was scheduled to work on the weekend. After my husband left for work before dawn that day, I turned off the porch light, locked the front door and went back to bed. It would have been a small luxury to get another hour of sleep that morning. However, it didn't happen. For the first time in a long time, I was uneasy about being home alone. It was still dark outside, but it was morning. You would think it would be a perfect time to catch some extra winks. However all the recent reports of daytime burglaries in Ohio County made me afraid to crawl back into bed when no one else was home. I turned on a few lights and the tv to let would-be-burglars know someone was home. Then I started some housework stuff and never did get that extra sleep. It seems the recent rash of break-ins in Ohio County have occurred during the day when no one was home. I didn't want anyone surprising me or me surprising a burglar crawling in a window or door they just might kick in. Granted, if someone really wants in my house, they probably could get in. That's what made me so uneasy being home alone. My neighbors have dogs that tend to bark when strangers are around so I know when I hear them barking that I should pay attention to what's going on outside. I can't imagine what anyone would want in my home because we do not keep cash or other valuables in the house. I talked with a female friend last week whose home was broken into and some small items taken. What was missing wasn't her biggest concern. We talked about the impact of feeling so violated -- to have someone go through your drawers and closets, to walk through your home, your place where you should feel safe. That's what hurts the most. How do you feel safe again without arming yourself, investing in an alarm system or getting a big dog? I know law enforcement can't be everywhere all the time so we need to do our best to protect our lives and property. Many people have found comfort in arming themselves. I don't know what the answer is other than to be cautious and rely on your instincts. Until the bad guys are caught I won't be getting any extra sleep. How about you?


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