The intruder in my home

  • Article by: CHRISTY DESMITH
  • Updated: January 12, 2012 - 7:47 PM

Now that violent crime has fallen, could we focus on lesser incidents that are still quite a fright?

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minn12Jan. 12, 12 8:09 PM

This could have turned out a lot worse. Time for a quality alarm system including motion sensors. This will give you advance warning if there is ever another break-in. However, you should also have the means to defend yourself in the future, should this ever happen again, and the intruder chooses NOT to flee. It is better to be armed and trained, and never have to defend yourself, than to need to defend yourself and NOT be armed. Only you can decide on your level of safety and defense in your home.

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jwblackJan. 12, 12 8:28 PM

The intruder in my home would meet numerous large hollow point magnum pistol rounds to the torso and head...and thats just from my wife.

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grizzly2011Jan. 12, 12 8:36 PM

Dear author: You live in a high crime city. Minneapolis has been a high crime city for decades (since the 1960s) and everyone knows it. You probably knew it, too, and if you didn't, I don't know how you could have missed that glaring fact. Don't you watch the news or read the paper? I feel for you because, yes, it could have been much worse and I am very glad the burglar fled without harming you. And no, Minneapolis police will not bother to do an investigation. Why? Because there is so much crime in Minneapolis they do not have the resources to investigate. (This, too, is common knowledge.) If your car is stolen in Minneapolis, the police will not come out to take a report. If you are assaulted such as being punched in the face by a random stranger, the police will take your report over the phone and will not send an officer out to take your report, let alone investigate, meaning the criminal gets away with it. And for this atrocious police service (no fault of the police officers themselves), you get to pay some of the highest taxes in the state. Because the Minneapolis police did not investigate, your burglar will have gotten away with it. Crime pays in Minneapolis and the criminals know it. Live and learn, as they say.

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myfathurtsJan. 12, 12 9:28 PM

Am I crazy to think this guy wanted to hurt me? ----absolutley not. Your default assumption must be that he is there to hurt you. Then you shoot him in the torso and call the police. Not a jury in the world will convict you.

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tink0077Jan. 12, 12 9:44 PM

I wonder how many burglaries happen to people who leave their windows/doors unlocked at night. I diligently double check mine every night.

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chanman01Jan. 12, 1210:15 PM

The irony here is that this article was carefully written after plenty of thought was put into it. Others read it, deliberate and take time to form an opinion. The reality is that you don't have time during a situation like this to decide whether or not your life is in danger. Your body is being controlled by adrenaline. Panic has taken over. You need to assume your life is in danger. The criminal has to know that an innocent homeownwer has the right to use deadly force in order to ensure the safety of their families. I hope this never happens to anyone, but I get sick to my stomach when I read all the articles about home invasions where innocent people are being tortured, raped or killed.

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freak00069Jan. 12, 1210:51 PM

my home was burglarized one friday night last august. MPD took over an hour to respond to the call. Beyond the over $8k of electronics that were stolen from my home, what was most precious was my sense of safety....i know that feeling, the one of panic when you are away from your home at dusk and you're wondering if you left any lights on to make it appear that you're home. The incident did all sorts of stimulus to the economy - including almost $900 to ADT so i could feel 'safe.' I still jump at every crack and pop my old house makes when the wind hits it. I wonder if i'll ever feel safe again.

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cartoonconnJan. 12, 1210:58 PM

Arm yourself!

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refurnishJan. 12, 1211:49 PM

Who says violent crime has declined? Rybak and Dolan. We can't even protect our children in their own home from bullets flying. Figures don't lie, but liars know how to figure. Need I say more of Dolan & Rybak?

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bdssprcJan. 13, 1212:36 AM

1- get an alarm and/or a good guard dog. 2- get some self-defence training it helps reduce the "panic" factor. 3- take a pistol class, learn to use one in COMBAT/defence scenarios and get a gun and light ( so you can see the target and NOT shoot a good guy) 4- you can FORGET about the police giving a DAMN about property crime in Minneapolis or any of the metro suburbs. They are too busy generating revenue via traffic citations- although they sometimes stumble upon the "bad guys" because they[crooks] are too stupid to behave well with a car. If this happens in my house the dogs go nuts, the alarm goes off and the home owner has a .40 cal "answer" to home invasion. ( I'm also trained in MMA) Be thankful this dirt-ball left you alone.

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