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'Back door visitor' needs a real jobPosted Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 1:23 PM
A few weeks ago, my sister heard someone trying to turn the knob on our back door. She stood in the kitchen, afraid. The person walked away, and she peeked out the back door to see them heading into the shed in our back yard.
Upon apparently not finding anything of value, she saw the stranger head back up the walkway. He saw her face in the window and ran away.
There were so many what-if's that ran through my head that next day. What if my sister had not been awake to scare him away? What if he had not been frightened away by her face in the window?
When I have heard noises outside every night since, I get terrified. I no longer feel safe in my own home.
I live in Linton, not too far from the highway, so there are always noises coming from some direction.
Why should I have to be terrified in my own home because someone else cannot make an honest living? It just doesn't seem fair to me.
Some nights I will just lie in bed, and will the noises away. Although, I can't help but wonder what if this potential intruder is more persistent than the last? What if the jiggle of the handle isn't enough to suffice his desire to burglarize our home?
I can't wrap my head around the thought of taking valuables from another person's home. People work hard to get the belongings they do have.
Some people have to work well into their adult lives to be able to have expensive decorations, a big television or nice jewelry.
Yet, one person can walk into your house and take all of these items in one clean sweep.
Does their conscience even kick in? Do thieves even have a conscience, I often wonder.
Any job should be sought out rather than live a life of crime. Flipping burgers may not bring in much revenue, but at least you can say you worked for what you have.
Nothing gives anyone the right to take items from another person. If you don't have money, seek out help from family or government assistance. I would rather my tax dollars go to help, than someone's new television and feeling of security.
My parents always told me, if it's not yours don't touch it.
Plus, is it worth it to spend days looking over their shoulder? They must be watching their backs, curious as to if and when the cops will be knocking on their door.
A door knob lock and dead bolt keep us safe from intruders in the back of the house. A dead bolt and sliding lock always hold the door tightly shut in the front.
As for the visitor at our back door; he would have been disappointed because the two of us twenty-something females haven't acquired many valuables.
Sabrina is a staff writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 847-4487.
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