Something wierd happened the other day...
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October 15th, 2006 05:44 AM
Something wierd happened the other day...
I was sitting at the kitchen table at about 8:30am eating my bowl of Special K when I heard the garage door go up.
My wife was already at work for 2 hours by this point in time. All the kids had headed out of the house one by one to catch the school bus. My daughter being the last to catch the middle school bus had just left the house 10 minutes earlier. The only remote opener at home was in my Jeep and it was in the garage and the other was with my wife 25 miles away. So I was a little confused.
I got up and stepped out into the garage, the Taurus PT-111 on my right hip in a Fobus paddle holster as always. (as it is right now in fact) There in the street in front of my house is a Mexican looking fellow in a mid-90's Ford pick up and he is looking directly into my garage. As I step out into the drive way he seems to see the gun and drives off. Not screetching the tires or anything, just drives off.
I watch him drive away and get the tag number of the truck. Then I notice that 3 other houses on my street have their garage doors open. These houses have no one home at his time of day. I know my neighbors, they all work day shift.
So I call the cops. Cops come, I give the run down I just gave you guys. He takes everything down and says they will watch for the tuck.
I got a call Friday from the Deputy that took the report. He tells me that the tag number that I gave him was for a Toyota Corola. So, they are most likely stolen. He says to watch for the truck and call if any of us see it. He also says what is most likely going on is that this clown has some device that transmits on the main frequencies that most common garage door openers use and he is just trying to get one open and steal some tools and such. But who knows? Maybe it is more. He asked if I carry my gun all the time and when I told him that I did, he said he thought that was a good idea.
In talking about this with one of my neighbors Saturday, I find out that this guy may have tried to get a little girl to get in the truck with him earlier in the week. He told her he needed help looking for his dog. Classic padophile crap.
So, the upshot here is, my kids are going to be getting an armed escort by me to the bus stop from now on. And if I see this clown again, I am going to try real hard not to kick him in the teeth. I'll call the cops like I am supposed to. But God help this clown if he tries anything like trying to abduct a kid or something. I will protect a child.
Just thought I'd share that with you all.
Last edited by TN_Mike; October 15th, 2006 at 03:11 PM.
October 15th, 2006 06:26 AM
Scary situation. Lucky you were home. Since multiple doors were open, I wonder if he was just writing the frequencies down so he could come back later?
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October 15th, 2006 08:53 AM
The garage opener stunt is a very common crime down this way. Some punks just get openers from stolen cars and drive through neighborhoods pushing buttons and seeing what they can get. Others have more sophisticated stuff. Automatic door openers can be a real weak spot in a home. There are "coded" openers that are supposed to be more secure but that's not my area of expertese!
Add a child abducter in a stolen vehicle and I hope he pulls into the "wrong" garage soon...
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October 15th, 2006 08:55 AM
I would look for a return visit by a crew with a moving van myself ( uhaul ect.. ) IMHO he was most likely just casing the neighborhood for a crew to come inn and clean out the " more richly stocked " houses that they could access thro the garage with thier transmitter .
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October 15th, 2006 09:39 AM
Hopefully your neighbors will also take some precautions and not act like sheep--they have a threat that has targeted their neighborhood and house. Quite frankly, if they are anything like you, woe be it upon this guy (or group) to try anything with multiple sheepdogs around.
Also, I would keep a digital camera or video camera handy and take pictures of these cowards. If it's video, you can always post it on YouTube...especially if we see the camera dropped and hear gunshots in the background...
October 15th, 2006 11:03 AM
Sure sounds like a ''joint casing'' excercise to find out what doors would open. Glad you were aware of it and got the plate info.
Hopefully it may not be long before something (hopefully minor) does go down and the crook or crooks can be apprehended. For sure tho - bit more orange needed for a while it seems, plus extra kids watch. Stay safe.
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October 15th, 2006 11:23 AM
First good job!
Second change your code on the opener and clickers. If we leave for the weekend, the car that gets left in the driveway has it clicker taken out and put in the house. My opener has a lockout slide switch so even with the right clicker it won't open.
Third always have one parent from the neighbor hood stay with the kids at the bus stop!
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October 15th, 2006 11:25 AM
I Would Also...
not appreciate such a 'dirtbag' traveling the neighboorhood. I'm sure that I would attempt to discuss the potential alternatives with this 'neighboorhood roamer'. I know that there would be OTHER neighbors forming a 'discussion committee' and having a 'meeting' with this individual...if he came around again.
Stay alert...stay safe!
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October 15th, 2006 11:25 AM
Sounds like they were casing the neigborhood. Perhaps asking for increased patrols as well might help.
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October 15th, 2006 11:29 AM
Good job, also. I hope he gets caught soon. I can't even let my 7 year old go outside alone for situations just like you described. What a difference from the time that I grew up.
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October 15th, 2006 12:44 PM
Is it legal to be armed at a "school" bus stop? or do you have to stand 1500 feet from it so the bgs can have their gun free zone?
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October 15th, 2006 03:10 PM
A few things to add.
First, the codes have been changed on the opener and remotes.
Second, when not in use, the circuit breaker for the garage door opener is flipped to the off position.
Third, the "bus stop" is not an official thing. Just a street corner where the us stopps and the kids get on. THis is a subdivision so the kids get on at several different corners in groups so the bus doesn't have to stop every 50 feet at each house. So I think I am safe as far a the law goes. It's just a street corner.
I know what you mean about things being different from when we were kids. I don't remember anyone being affraid to let their kids go outside because of child abductions. All my kids have cell phones so we can contact them no matter where they are and so they can call the police if they need to. It's sad that it has come to this.
October 15th, 2006 03:46 PM
One of my remotes broke,so I went to walmart (I think it was walmart) to buy another one. I took it out of the package at the store and drove home. Just for kicks I tried it on my garage door fresh out of the package and it opened. Needless to say not a very good feeling.
October 15th, 2006 03:54 PM
I am sure you have already thought of this, but you might want to keep concealed even though it is legal. You definately don't need any blissninny's calling in a "man with a gun" at the bus stop type calls.
October 15th, 2006 03:56 PM
So how do you guard against this? Flipping the breaker isn't really an option because it isn't easy to get to, so what else can I do?
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