A very happy NO to this question!!! I am so lucky to live in a truly old-fashioned and honest neighbourhood.My dogs always let me know if anyone is near my gate or even the fence,so I have so far had no worries.
Thanks for your concern,but half the joy of living where I do is the very old fashioned attitude of everyone who is in this area! When I lived in Melbourne it was a whole other story,and honestly,I could never live that way again! Here we all look out for each other yet somehow manage to not intrude into anyone's life.
I do not live in fear where I am,which is how we all deserve to live .I visited my family in Melbourne a year after first coming way up north,and was so shocked and horrified that when I woke early as is normal for me,I could not even get out of the house to walk in the garden as I did not know where the keys were!!! I literally had to wait until my parents got up at THEIR usual hour to find out what this strange lifestyle was all about! To find that society had changed so much down where I grew up,in such a short time,saddened me enormously,and even my parents said how much they hate the need to feel like prisoners in their own home!!! It is a joy to live in a safe environment where I am not locked in away from my precious and beloved plants! My 3 dogs have certainly frighten any strangers away,even if they are innocent folk!!! There are more dogs in this street than any where else in the entire suburb, if not the whole city!!!! I know that I would not be willing to even enter a yard in this area if I did not know the dogs!!
Recently I suffered a home invasion while I was asleep. This has changed my lifestyle completely. Gone is my self-confidence and the feeling of safety in the sanctity of my home.
I hate my home now and intend to sell it and build a fortress. The thief stole more that my wallet and credit cards while I slept. I was told that if you awaken during the invasion a baseball bat or a machete is used to intimidate you.
This new style of crime is spiralling out of control generated by the difficulty in selling goods stolen while you are at work. It seems it is easier to take your wallet with credit cards and cash then wave and pay for gift cards to trade for drugs. The police are far too slow to respond and don’t seem to understand that a home invasion while you are at home needs to be addressed more seriously than standard theft as it will eventually lead to deaths. If the credit card providers and gift card retailers established a rapid response system they could stamp this out. The video footage of the thief at the retail check out was poor quality and the retailer of the gift cards simply cancelled the card but did not put in place a strategy to respond when the gift cards where presented.
If the retailers covertly followed the thief who presented the card back to the car and took quality photos of the vehicle and person we could stem this activity. The images could be constantly rolled out on a screen at every check out state wide without making any statement or accusation simply asking the people in the queue to advise the police if they knew them. This would not defame them just ask if they knew them. Should they prove innocent then the image could be removed and no accusations would be made. Let’s forget about the privacy of the criminals and start thinking about the rights of people to sleep peacefully in their own homes. They may think this is too difficult and not viable for the few hundred dollars involved but they will change their minds after the bodies start to pile up.
I don't specifically lock my door, but it has a catch that means it can't be opened from the outside without a key but can be opened from the inside just by turning the handle. I have more fear of being trapped in a fire than I do of being burgled, so being able to get out quickly in an emergency is important to me. Leaving the keys in the door isn't a good option, as that is just a challenge to a small person to unlock it and go for an unsupervised wander....
Yes but a fire would do far more damage and not just to me but my child. I'm not worried about losing possessions, they can always be replaced. The thought of my child dying from smoke inhalation on the other hand.... particularly if it was because we couldn't open the door!
That is just plain crazy in 2014 no matter where you live, and is an accident waiting to happen.Get a Locksmith to get you a lock...and quickly! :) it will take him all of 15 mins, and maybe cost around $150.
I have never heard of such a thing?
Locks will only keep honest people out.
Picking a lock can be learnt on the how to page of Google in 5 minutes
Plastic strips will open most doors. A glass cutter can silently open a window. Much more drastic action is required to protect yourself.
Usually, however I came home from work on the late shift the other night. I went to question my housemate whether his car was too close to the garage door before I closed it. He was asleep and I got distracted and forgot about closing the garage door until he discovered it the next morning... It took me awhile to remember why I hadn't closed it!
I certainly do ensure that my door is locked as soon as i get home. Especially now that i'm living in the city. When I visit the country areas where I'm from I don't really make that effort as the crime level is not as high there and there is definitely an easy vibe there.
You bet! The feral class are so well educated about how to walk in to houses and help themselves without being detected even when owners are at home that leaving a door unlocked is just asking to lose your car, your jewellery and your credit cards. And if they do get discovered they will smash you over the head and run off like the cowards they are leaving you to your fate.
Absolutely. Apart from the fact that locking your door is basic common sense, I don't want to give someone the opportunity to steal something who may have had no intention of committing a crime but takes advantage of a situation that I have created.
The last house I lived in had STEEL grilles on all windows' & doors. All doors had double dead locks. Had an Alarm system. Had dogs.
Current house has Aluminium grilles on all windows, both sliding & closed parts, & completely covering to the woodwork. The doors have double locked grilles, plus wooden doors as well.
Will not trade my 'security' for anything! And yes, all are locked at all times.
Yes, I have started to recently. We only have a front door, but does have a dead lock on it.
My in-laws we burgled about 2 years ago, while they were home.They didn’t see they thief's, & the thief’s didn’t take any notice of them, but they had a lot of stuff stollen from their bedrooms; e.g. jewellery & medals. Never saw any of the stollen items again.
My mother had her Paddington, NSW, house, house broken into 3 times, from the roof, when she wasn't home. None of her processions were seen again. Once they took her whole LP collection. 25 of the LP's were given to her by my dad, many many Christmas's ago.
I'm a lockaholic. Even with two dogs I keep my security door key locked if I am out the back at the washing line. We have deadlocks and the house is locked up at night for sleeping. Our cars are always locked when not in use and I drive with my car doors locked too.