My dentist called last night to cancel an appointment for this morning.
Seems that they were having dinner when they heard someone kicking their main entrance door, hard. Her husband, also a dentist, starts shouting but the attacker keeps kicking until he breaks the lower part of the door, his foot goes right through it. For whatever reason, the person just pulled his foot out of the door and escaped. It could have been that they saw someone noticing what he or them where up to, maybe a police car was near by, who knows? If they think someone just called the cops they usually leave. She was a bit stressed but otherwise ok. She was dealing with the problem of the broken door and apparently a neighbor (she doesn’t live near by) was helping them with the door problem.
This happens pretty often, and I keep getting emails from all across USA where these events are becoming more and more common. Even in the “safe” neighborhoods, home invasions with and without people inside are growing problem.
What can we learn about this type of incident :
1) Have a gun. I want to think its self-explanatory that this means you’ll only be buying it after doing some serious soul search and you conclude you have the required maturity and confidence to handle one safely and that you will get professional training so as to know how to use it.
2) As it sometimes happens (and I’m surprised to see some people still don’t believe this) some criminals just don’t care if you’re inside. Usually criminals go for houses that are clearly empty, no lights, no noise, but when the lights are turned on and they still try to break in, they don’t care if you’re inside. Not the most common scenario, but it does happen enough to be concerned.
3) The door folks! Have a security door, preferably professionally installed, get a bulletproof one if you can afford it. The main door is the quickest access to your home, especially in USA doors are just for looks, a well placed kick sends 95% of the doors in USA flying open. This guy, he apparently kicked the lower section of the door, not a pro. Had he kicked strongly where the lock is so as to bust the hinges instead of breaking the actual door, he would have gotten inside in a matter of seconds.