Home invasion on the rise

(News & Editorial/ Home invasion on the rise)

A.  Will Frustrated Homeowners And Armed Posses Take Matters Into Their Own Hands As Home Invasions Rise?
October 22nd, 2012, The American Dream, By Michael
Pasted from: <http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/will-frustrated-homeowners-and-armed-posses-take-matters-into-their-own-hands-as-home-invasions-rise>
Violent crime is on the rise in the United States, and many Americans are totally fed up. According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the number of household burglaries rose by 14 percent last year, and the overall rate of violent crime in the United States increased by 18 percent during 2011. Based on what we have seen so far this year, we will almost certainly see another huge increase once the statistics for 2012 are released.

All over the country criminals are becoming bolder. Meanwhile, police budgets are being slashed from coast to coast. Things have gotten so bad in some communities that police are openly admitting that crime is completely and totally out of control. For example, police in Detroit recently handed out flyers with this message: “Enter Detroit at your own risk”.

Sadly, you can’t even escape the crime and the violence by staying in your own home these days. Home invasions are becoming increasingly common, and many police departments seem powerless to stop them. If many of the poorer areas of America today, if you are a victim of a home invasion you will be really lucky to get a police officer to show up a couple of hours later to fill out a report. A lot of frustrated home owners have had enough and have started to arm themselves to the teeth. Some have even begun to form armed posses to patrol their own neighborhoods.
We are watching America change right in front of our eyes, and it is frightening to think about what is coming next. [Note: The day after the November 6, 2012 Presidential elections, Smith and Wesson firearms stock jumped 10% in price-in one day! Ruger was up strong as well. Mr. Larry]

The streets of some U.S. cities have been transformed into war zones at this point. Juts check out this excerpt from a recent story about the horrific violence that is taking place in Camden, New Jersey…
At the vigil last week, residents prayed that Camden would simply find peace and that the masked gunman who killed Jewel Manire and Khalil Gibson would be caught. As it grew darker, Michael Benjamin stood toward the back of the crowd, his son huddled even closer now, and shook his head. “I’ve known at least 45 kids who’ve been killed in my lifetime,” he said, the boy holding his finger. “I stopped counting in 2004, though.”

You may think that talk of “armed posses” patrolling local communities is a little “out there”, but the truth is that it is already happening. For example, a groups of residents in Josephine County, Oregon have formed “the CAC Patrol”. They have mounted flashing lights on to their vehicles and they openly carry guns as they patrol their neighborhoods…
There’s no room in the county jail for burglars and thieves. And the sheriff’s department in a vast, rural corner of southwest Oregon has been reduced by budget cuts to three deputies on patrol eight hours a day, five days a week. But people in this traditionally self-reliant section of timber country aren’t about to raise taxes to put more officers on the road. Instead, some folks in Josephine County, larger than the state of Rhode Island, are taking matters into their own hands — mounting flashing lights on their trucks and strapping pistols to their hips to guard communities themselves. Others have put together a virtual neighborhood watch, using Facebook to share tips and information. “I believe in standing up for myself rather than waiting for the government to do something for me,” said Sam Nichols, a retired marina manager. Nichols has organized a posse of about a dozen fed-up residents who have started patrolling the small community of O’Brien, which has about 750 residents.”

[Mr. Larry comment: Even if you phoned the police that some one was kicking in your door, the criminals would be inside, you’d be robbed & maybe injured, and the thieves would be long gone before help arrived. In Lufkin, Texas there were some 20+ home invasions in a two month period during the summer-fall 2012, in every case the perps were always gone before the police arrived. The photo above shows how to defend your home. Buy what is needed and keep the weapon readily handy, just keep the magazine out so you are only a few seconds from being armed and protected. You may only have 30 seconds to arm yourself.]

As home invasions continue to get worse all over the country, I expect that we will see a lot more of this type of thing. In the old days, we were taught that if burglars enter your home that you should let them take whatever they want and leave.
But these days you simply cannot trust that they will leave you and your family alone. Many home invaders actually hope to find someone inside that they can rape, and many victims end up dead.

That is exactly what happened to one man in Gary, Indiana the other day…
Last Friday, Jerry Hood, 48, of Gary, Ind., left work and decided to go home during lunchtime. Gary police said Hood, who was with a co-worker, noticed activity in his house and called police for help, but did not wait for police to arrive. Instead he went in and lost his life when he disrupted a home invasion, police say. Hood died from multiple gunshot wounds. And that is exactly what happened to another man in Pontiac, Michigan recently… A shootout during a possible home invasion left the 27-year-old owner dead and a suspected intruder wounded, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office said. Deputies were called about 3:25 a.m. to an address in the 800 block of Inglewood Avenue near Cesar Chavez, where a home invasion was reported.”

A 12-year-old girl down in Oklahoma may have been added to the growing list of dead victims if she had not been willing to shoot first and ask questions later. The story that she recently told police is absolutely chilling…
“He opened the screen door and started pounded on the door. So I didn’t answer it. And I called my mom. She said to go get the gun and hide in the closet.” Kendra St. Clair says she stayed in the closet until she thought the coast was clear. So she went to check the back door. And he was standing there trying to open it. So I got really scared and I called 911.” She went back to the closet. That’s when she heard the man in the house. “When I was back there on the phone with 911, I heard the bathroom light turn on that was leading to the closet. And when I saw the door handle turn, I shot him. I guess it went through the door, went through him, and went through the wall.”

What do you think would have happened to that 12-year-old girl if she had not had a gun?
You normally would not think of Oklahoma as a high crime state, but the truth is that home invasions are on the rise all over the nation.
Here is another home invasion story from Oklahoma. A young mother was home alone with her three-month-old son when two men started breaking into her home. Fortunately, she had a gun and was willing to use it…
“A Oklahoma woman was recently home with her 3 month old son when two men tried to break in. Armed with a shot-gun and a pistol she called 9-1-1. Operator: “Are your doors locked?” Caller: “Yes, I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it ok to shoot him if he comes in this door?” Operator: “I can’t tell you what you can do but you do what you have to do to protect your baby.” The mother did shoot killing one of the intruders. Oklahoma police called the shooting justified.”

Would you do the same thing to protect your children?
Sadly, criminals are becoming more desperate than ever and many of them do not even care if there is anyone inside the homes that they are invading.
For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “11 Shocking Home Invasion Horror Stories That Are Almost Too Creepy To Believe”. [See web link above]
Are you starting to see why I believe that more homeowners are going to start taking matters into their own hands?
Some areas of the country that once had very little crime are now seeing crime absolutely skyrocket.
“A while back, I shared what one man down in Georgia says is going on in his neck of the woods… I worked until around 9:30-10 Friday night, and Saturday morning my tools and equipment were gone. Footprints, fingerprints, a neighbor saw the guys and pickup truck – but the sheriff’s department can’t afford the resources to track them down (by comparison it’s not a violent/murder case or a $40k vehicle…) I have a security camera on the front gate, and they avoided that by a 100 foot radius – dragging everything across a fence and down into a ditch on the other side of the property.

The day before another neighbor literally met and passed by people that had just robbed his farm, on his way back from the store, less than a mile from his house – he recognized his stuff on the back of their trailer. This was in the middle of the day. His gate was locked – but they drove through the ditch and around a field to get to his house.

A local truck repair shop has been in business for 3 generations, and until a few weeks ago had never been robbed. They are on the main street of a little town, and live right behind the shop. The front door of the shop is about 30 feet back from the main street. The thieves parked in FRONT, and loaded up his equipment.

Another big shop was hit on a Saturday morning – main street going into town – they loaded up everything right out the front door, with people seeing them, hundreds of cars driving by… They have bolt cutters, whatever it takes to break in… Another older shop had a heavy wood door with a metal hasp – they CHOPPED THROUGH THE DOOR WITH AN AXE to cut out the metal hasp. A house is 100 feet from this shop.

We live in Georgia, south of Atlanta, and theft has become so bad, the state recently required all scrap yards to take pictures of everything brought in, with a picture of who brought it, a copy of their driver’s license, and their tag number. If it is air conditioning/heating equipment (bigger than a window unit) you must have a commercial heating/ac license or a new equipment bill of sale. People were ripping the copper ground wires off the sides of power poles and tearing wires off the poles for scrap.

A local gas station/restaurant had their AC equipment stolen so many times, they had to build a chain link locked enclosure around all the equipment. You can see it from the main street – out in plain view.”

Do you have any stories like this that you would like to share?
What are you seeing in your neck of the woods?

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B.  11 Shocking Home Invasion Horror Stories That Are Almost Too Creepy To Believe
11 January 2012, EndOfTheAmericanDream, by Michael
Pasted from:< http://endoftheamericandream.com/archives/10-shocking-home-invasion-horror-stories-that-are-almost-too-creepy-to-believe>

Is your home secure? Are you absolutely sure? There are very few things that are more terrifying than having your home invaded. In fact, many people are never able to feel completely safe in a home again after it has been invaded. Our homes are supposed to be our fortresses. They are where we keep our families and our most cherished possessions safe. Unfortunately, due to the declining economy the number of truly desperate people out there continues to rise. When people become truly desperate, they will often find themselves doing things that they never dreamed that it would be possible for them to do.

Hopefully the shocking home invasion stories in this article will motivate you to take action. We all need to learn how to protect ourselves and our families. For a long time the incredible prosperity that we enjoyed in this nation helped to mask the nightmarish moral decline that was taking place. But now that hard times have hit, we are starting to see the fabric of society come apart. All over the United States homes are being invaded, and some of these home invasions are almost too creepy to believe.

Once again, the goal is not just to scare you with these horror stories. Rather, the goal is to get you thinking about what you need to do in order to protect your homes and your families during the hard economic times that are coming.

America was once such a peaceful place. People would leave their homes and their cars totally unlocked and there was a feeling that you could trust almost everyone around you.
Well, all of that has now changed. America is becoming a much different place.

The following are 10 shocking home invasion horror stories that are almost too creepy to believe….

#1 In New York recently, one home invader actually set up an XBox and played video games in the apartment of an 82-year-old woman while she was away for the holidays….
An elderly woman from Brooklyn who has lived alone for years suddenly found herself with a roommate. A stranger slipped into her apartment while she was away for the holidays, and made himself right at home. The freeloader not only broke into 82-year-old Joyce King’s East Flatbush apartment, he moved in, eating in one of her chairs, watching TV, setting up an XBox, all while King was visiting family between Christmas and New Year’s.

#2 If you were a home invader, would you leave a dirty pair of boxer shorts behind? The following home invasion story from Sacramento, California was recently sent to me by one of my readers….
Somebody got into my sister’s house last night while she was out. My mom was upstairs, but didn’t hear anything. Whoever it was, they ate some chips and sorted through a stack of maternity clothes my sister had ready for selling on ebay. He left a dirty pair of boxer shorts and a bottom dentures on the dining room table. Fortunately, he was gone when she got home. I’m amazed, but the police actually came out and collected fingerprints and his boxers and false teeth. Probably a homeless guy. He may have switched his dirty boxers for a clean pair of maternity jeans, so the police just have to look for a guy wearing women’s maternity pants with no lower teeth. The crazy thing is that the dog never barked. I can’t go in the backyard without her barking like crazy, but she evidently liked the burglar.

#3 A large number of home invaders will do it over and over again until they get caught. The following is a recent report about one serial home invader from the Washington Post….
A housekeeper was tied up and sexually assaulted and a mother and teenage son were tied up during a home invasion in Bethesda early Wednesday morning that Montgomery County police say involves the same suspect as in a home invasion Tuesday in Wheaton.

#4 When one burglar was recently arrested in New York City they discovered 100 different keys in his apartment. They are still trying to figure out how he got so many keys to so many different homes. But this is what many home invaders will do. If they get your keys they will keep them in case they want to hit your place again at some point in the future.

#5 One serial home invader down in Maryland was recently sentenced to 100 years in prison. So did he deserve such a harsh sentence? You be the judge….
In one case, authorities said, he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl after breaking into her family’s Fort Washington home with a cinder block and forced her to pose nude on a bed as he took photographs and videos of her. Authorites said in another case, Scott and an accomplice, Marcus Dermanellian Hunter – who has already pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges – held up a Bowie family at gunpoint in April 2009, used their debit cards to steal money from ATM machines and then stole a luxury car.

#6 In the Seattle area, an elderly couple in their eighties was recently brutally attacked by a 31-year-old man armed with a crossbow and a hatchet. The following description of this brutal crime comes from King 5 News….
Prosecutors say 31-year-old John Chase was walking down the highway when he saw Ralph Aldrich, 88, in his back yard. Detectives say Chase shot and killed Aldrich with a crossbow and then went inside the home and repeatedly hit 83-year-old June Aldrich with a hatchet.

#7 In Wilmington, Delaware recently, a man offered to help someone carry a television down the street, but quickly realized that it was his own television which had just been stolen out of his own house….
A Wilmington resident who stopped home for lunch about noon today saw a man carrying a flat screen TV down the street and asked the man if he needed help. He then recognized the television as his own, looked up and saw the door to his home ajar, said Master Sgt. Adam Ringle.

#8 When thieves get desperate, they also tend to become very bold. A reader named Mark left the following disturbing comment on one of my previous articles….
Some tweekers drove up last week looking for scrap metal and one was out of their truck and heading to the shop when I came out of the house. It used to be that strangers would not even cross our bridge or get out of their car wondering about what the dogs would do. Times are changing and not for the better.

#9 Down in Tucson, Arizona a while back four armed home invaders were repelled by an armed homeowner that had a gun and knew how to use it. There is no telling what the home invaders would have done to the homeowner if he had not had a gun with which to defend himself.

#10 When home invasions happen, sometimes people end up dead. The following comes from a recent article in the Houston Chronicle….
San Antonio police Sgt. J.R. Fiste said two men broke into the house in the 8200 block of Quail Creek about 5 a.m.. The homeowner shot one of the men dead inside the residence, police said.
The other suspect was shot in the chest and flown to San Antonio Military Medical Center, where he remained in critical
 condition about 7 a.m. The homeowner was shot in the chin, Fiste said. He also was taken to SAMMC, where he was listed in stable condition.

#11 An 18-year-old mother named Sarah McKinley was faced with a very hard choice this past New Year’s Eve. She was home alone with her three-month old son, and she called 9-1-1 when she discovered that two men were trying to break into her home just outside of Oklahoma City. What happened next should give all home invaders something to think about….
An Oklahoma woman was recently home with her 3 month old son when two men tried to break in. Armed with a shot gun and a pistol she called 9-1-1. Operator: “Are your doors locked?” Caller: “Yes, I’ve got two guns in my hand. Is it ok to shoot him if he comes in this door?” Operator: “I can’t tell you what you can do but you do what you have to do to protect your baby.” The mother did shoot killing one of the intruders. Oklahoma police called the shooting justified.
Unfortunately, at the same time that we are seeing society become more unstable, we are also seeing many local police departments around the nation make huge cutbacks.
For example, it has been announced that police stations in Detroit will now be closed to the public for 16 hours each day in an attempt to save money. In the future, you are not always going to be able to depend on the police to protect you. They might come out and take down a report once it is all over, but that won’t erase what just happened. A while back I wrote about how many of our formerly great cities are being transformed into post-apocalyptic hellholes. Sadly, wherever you have dramatic economic decline you almost always also have rampant crime. As the economic crisis in America gets even worse, the number of home invasions will surely go up as well. Now is the time to get prepared for that.

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