Last night I went over to a friends house to help him put a double oven in so he would be read for the holidays. When I left to go, I closed the garage door like usual. All the other exterior doors in the house were locked and deadbolted as well.
I get home about 8:30 everything is fine. I go inside and check to see what has happened since I left. Well the wife still has her sinus headache and the little one is already asleep in his bed.
I grab some chips and sit down in the den to see what is on TV. Next is the knock at the door from the garage into the kitchen. I figure it is the neighbor from across the street coming over to shoot the breeze. Well it is the neighbor, but he didn't come over to shoot the breeze.
He starts out with the fact that I just had gotten home. Apparently about 2 minutes before I got home he had been in his garage (our driveways are just about directly across the street from each other) and all the lights were out in the garage at his house. He said there was a guy in a hoodie that was walking down the road in between our drives and had stopped at my fence. My female dog was laying in the yard and it appeared that the guy was trying to get her to come over so he could pet her or whatever. Next the hooddie guy looks like he is putting both hands on the fence and is thinking about going over the chain link fence into the back yard by raising his leg towards the fence when the female dog barks, causing my male dog to start from around the shed across yard at full speed barking towards the hooddie guy. At the same time my neighbor exits his garage which triggers motion lights on his drive.
Hooddie guy thinks better of entering the back yard and turns when the lights come on and says oh ... , and starts running down the road. My neighbor grabs a maglite from just inside his house and comes back outside. Hooddie guy had checked up at the neighbors house behind me (the one that has been burgalarized twice already this year) but when he sees my neighbor exit his garage with the light he turns it back on full speed and makes the corner of the block and is gone. During his run the hood had come off and the neighbor said it was a white guy with a short ponytail
The neighbor said he had looked initially and saw that the Van and Truck were in the garage, I guess he could see the backs of them through the windows, but knew since my Jeep was gone that I wasn't at home.
Little background info. Neighbor who witnessed this has no guns. We have been talking a bit and I am planning on getting him and his wife out shooting sometime in the near future. She is trying to finish her LVN schooling and he is the only one working now so money is kind of tight, but he is interested in getting a gun when funds are available in the future.
So to the question. What do you do if you are returning home and find someone who is either attempting to enter, or has entered your fenced in yard when your wife and small son are in the house alone?
Do you approach the person, make them stay till the police arrive, do you follow the person if they stop their actions when you pull up, do you just call the police and wait from down the road inside your vehicle? What is your reaction going to be?
I am glad the reactions of my neighbor and my dogs kept the guy out of my yard. I will wait for some responses before I will post what my reactions would be.