Have you ever had strangers knock on your door?

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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3736 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@LadyBlackheart:  No one has ever broken in (knock on wood), but we live in a sub and there are always people who knock on the door selling things, collecting donations, etc. FH and I live with my parents, so it’s rare for anyone to be alone all night.

 

 

I do keep FH’s assault rifle under the bed… 

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

5 rifles, one shotgun, 4 revolvers, 3 semi-automatics and an ADP system.

God forbid they don’t heed the alarm warning.  And yes, they are all in my bedroom, except for when I’m carrying one.

What am I scared of, not a darn thing…..

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We thought someone was trying to break in a while back at like 3am- heard a bunch of steps outside & rifling around our storage area next to our truck. Turns out it was a bum collecting cash recyclables out of everyone’s cans… Freaked us (& the dog) out! We put up motion sensor lights after that. We both have mace although they are on our keychains, not next to the bed. Our dog sounds pretty vicious (snarling & growling) so we’re usually good with just her. We have a handgun but have never had to even think about using it. If FI is out late or I’m going to bed alone I sleep with my cell phone next to me & the car keys on my nightstand- if I hear anything I can quickly sound the panic button for my truck & unless turned off with the same keychain it will go on for up to 3 hours. 

 

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@Zavrazen:  You are my kind of lady! I always say, “This house is protected by the good Lord and a gun. If you come in uninvited, you just might get to meet them both”

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@s2bmrscook:  FI used to have a sign like this on the back door, sadly we lost it when we moved =(

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Just this weekend, FI thought someone was knocking on the door at 2am because he heard a loud noise in the dining room.  It was actually me opening a box of cookies leftover from our house party 😛

A few months ago, some teenagers knocked on our door and we thought they may be trying to cause trouble because we had never seen them before.  Before we could answer, their parents (our next-door neighbors) ran over to help them.  Apparently they had been locked out of the house and were knocking around at neighbors’ houses to get out of the cold.  We had never met our neighbors’ kids before, so we didn’t recognize them.  Thankfully, these are the worst of the stories I have on strangers at our door.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@LadyBlackheart:  In the summer of 2005, I was a nanny for a family comprised of two doctors that lived in a remote mountain community that was under seige by a cat burglar…he was terribly sly and had figured out that there were rooms in the large houses that the residents never frequented….he literally stole hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash and goods from some houses and took as little as $20 in cash from a birthday card….the community was in an uproar over this man and no one knew when or where he would strike next.

Being doctors, my employers kept rather odd hours and my staying the night with their two year old son wasn’t out of the ordinary, nor did I mind in the least since I loved him like he was my own.  When word spread of the break ins, I kept a baseball bat nearby but didn’t think too much about it.

The expansive house had a burglar alarm installed, however the thing was complicated, touchy and prone to go off for no reason, ask any parent, getting a two year old to sleep is hard enough, I’m not taking chances with a breeze setting off the alarm in the night and ruining everything.  But I was careful to keep the windows and doors locked.

One stormy night, I had gotten the little man to sleep and both parents were making a night of it in surgery, I was just settling in with a good book when I heard glass shatter in the basement, not sure if it was the wind or something else, I grabbed that bat and raced down the stairs.

There in the dark was a man lurking about, I don’t know about other people or how they would react, but I was furious with him for invading this house and charged at him with that bat in the air, ready to clock him good for pissing me off….he threw on the lights and with his hands in the air, begged me not to hit him….it was actually the brother in law of my charge’s mother, looking for a place to stay after a fight with his wife, he had a key to the basement, but while he was stumbling around in the dark looking for the lights, had knocked over and broken a picture frame.

I knew the guy AND his wife, so his story held up, I got him sorted for the night and called it a day after my hands stopped shaking, he told my employers, who were so impressed by my fearless protection of their son and home that they gave me a raise and sent me to the spa for a day, bragging to all their friends that their nanny was one nasty opponent in a fight, should anyone be stupid enough to start one with her.

 

 

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

When I was about 10 years old 2 guys walked into our house.  I was home alone either after school or I didn’t go to school because it was a teacher work day or something.  Anyway I came out of my bedroom and walked into the living room just as 2 guys walked through the front door like they owned the place.  I think they thought someone else was home with me since I was so young because they turned around and walked out the door.  They sat on the porch for a long time and I locked the door behind them, called my mom and then called the police.  When I was talking to the police I peeked out the window to see if they were still there.  They must have saw I was on the phone because when the police came they were gone.  I had to give a discription and to this day I can tell you exactly what they looked like and were wearing.  It was scary and I’m thankful that we have a house alarm system so my kids don’t have to have something like that happen to them.

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

When I was a young teenager we lived in the suburbs of San Diego against a large hillside that was known as a camp for human smuggling- as in the people would cross the border from Mexico and stay at these camps until they moved on.  The police would flush them out several times a year, but they always came back. We never had any trouble from them- no stealing etc., so we were not concerned.  One evening in the summer, my father heard frantic banging at our front door and opened it to see a man covered in blood begging my dad in Spanish to call the police.  Apparently things had gotten nasty up in the hills and someone stabbed this guy.  My dad brought him inside and called 911.  The police took the guy to the hospital and flushed the hills out again.  That was pretty scary!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

One time, I had the dryer running after DH and I went to sleep. It was a stackable washer-dryer, and we kept the soap up on top of the whole thing. Well, I guess the dryer managed to bounce the jug of liquid detergent too close to the edge and it fell off with a HUGE BANG. DH, naked as the day he was born, leapt out of bed and grabbed the shotgun, charging it and running out of the bedroom.

Don’t break into our house, dude.

Also, if anyone comes to the door after dark, he takes a handgun with him to answer the door. I would do the same (or more likely, not answer it at all). Only a moron opens the door to potential murderers without taking precautions!

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a funny one…

My mom was trying to teach me that you do not have to open the door for anyone that comes to your home, and that they were not supposed to enter unless you let them in. She and I were home on a Saturday afternoon, with the front door open, but the glass/screen door shut (which we often did on breezy days in our suburb), and a man rang our doorbell. I was about 8 years old. I peeked around the hallway and saw that I didn’t recognize him, so I ran to my mom’s room (so, the guy obviously saw me because I had to cross the hallway). She said she wasn’t expecting any visitors, so we did not have to open the door. We went about our day, crossing the eyeline of the door several times, while the guy rang the doorbell several times, but never did anything more than that. Eventually, he left, and my mom said, “See? People can only enter your home if you allow them. Otherwise, they know it’s wrong.”

Later, we got a phone call from Domino’s Pizza. Turns out the guy at the door was trying to fix an order that had gone wrong the night before (refunding money or something), though he didn’t have any identifying Domino’s garb or gear on him.

A few months later, the Domino’s slogan, “Get the door. It’s Domino’s.” came out. My mom is convinced that we inspired that ad campaign.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

Just the other day I was home alone and a car pulled into the driveway. There were about 4 people in it and the guy on the passenger side got out and came up to the door and just stood there. He didn’t knock. Luckily I had the two dogs with me and they went crazy barking. Usually I tell them to be quiet (usually it is also someone I know or am expecting) but this time I let them bark. The guy eventually got back in the car and they left. No idea who it was but no way am I opening my door to a stranger when I am home alone.

We have a couple of handguns and a scary looking assault weapon in the house as well.

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