The other night I was watching TV in bed at about 11 PM. I hear loud knock on front door. I figure it's either cops (not for me, I'm just a boring old guy, LOL) or pizza delivery guy at wrong address. Anyway, my motion sensor light had come on, as it is located right by the door. So I go into living room, and peek through blinds to see who it is, and as I'm watching, the guy reaches up and unscrews the big, bright floodlight bulbs. WHOA!!!!!!!!!
At this point my alarm bells go off at full red alert. I am expecting one (or more) potential perps. I have a .45 handy, which I grabbed and chambered a round. I yell out (without opening door) - "can I help you?". Guy says "is Mike here?". I say, "no Mike here". He says "sorry man", and walks down street. I relax slightly and go back to bed.
I found out (the next day) that the perp then apparently goes directly to immediate neighbor's house. Repeats same knocking scenario. My neighbor did not reply, he simply called 911. But the perp likely thought no one was home because he smashed a window (with the neighbor and his 7-year old son cowering inside). My neighbor remained quiet, said he was waiting for cops, but apparently the perp thought twice about trying to enter through the broken window and gave up. By the time the cops got there, the perp was gone.
I cannot believe I was inches away from a bona fide home invasion. My neighbor and I both were very lucky. Just goes to show, you gotta be prepared. I just got done chopping down two big bushes that were by my front door. They were beautiful, but they offered too much cover for potential bad guys. I am gonna add more lighting and some motion activated cameras. Damn................