First post, great forum. Right off the bat, let me say I'm in the process of getting a CPL, so I can't carry outside of the home. I do carry inside the house about 50% of the time. Only started doing this recently after crime rate took a big uptick in my fairly safe neighborhood.
Here's my story. One day around noon there was a knock on the door, thinking it was my neighbor whom I just got off the phone with, I opened it without looking out first. Two guys, late teens, one with backpack, one smoking a cigarette were standing on porch; storm door was closed, but not locked. Immediately that sixth sense thing kicked in saying something ain't right. Door was opened maybe 6-8 inches and the hinges are on the left. So I stick my left foot behind the door to block it and pretended I was reaching for "something" with my right hand. Did not let them see what I pretended to pick up. The smoker says, "Me and my friend want to know if you want your grass cut". While saying this, I visibly noticed their affect change slightly from that teen-age testosterone poisoning/ready for whatever attitude to an uh oh posture. I told them NO and they walked down the drive and down the street, but they weren't going door to door. These guys sauntered on down to the cross street and took a left. Not once did they look back to see if I was watching them. Then I noticed something. There was a pizza delivery coupon rubber-banded to my doorknob. Probably been there since the day before. No other house had coupons on their doors. As things began to sink in the adrenaline trickle turned in to an adrenaline dump. Still, I didn't think to call the cops (who are very responsive and usually 2 minutes away). About a week later, I get an e-mail from news service saying two kids were picked up after being stopped two streets over. One had backpack with burglary tools. I've since made the following changes. I carry indoors 100% of the time. I've put a No Solicitors sign on the front door and am amazed at how well it works to cut down on fliers and leaflets on door/porch. I guess when you'r job is to leaflet; you don't want to walk any further than you have too. I've called the alarm company to ask for replacement window stickers. Seriously thinking of an intercom to talk to doorbell ringers without opening the door. The other advantage is a voice on a speaker doesn't give potential BGs a peek inside and a chance to size things up. Still bothered by the scenario and how things coulda turned out much differently and not in a good way.