I just wanted to get some of you guys' feedback and advice on this situation. Over the past couple of months, mine and my roommates cars have been broken into, or attempted to be broken into several times.
Firstly, I'll give you some info about my house. It is in a neighborhood in "low crime" suburbia. It is a single-street subdivision with a cul-de-sac. There are only 3 streetlamps. One at the entrance, in the middle, and at the end in the cul-de-sac. So this street is pretty dark. I have 4ish roommates - my girlfriend, brother, and another couple (my brothers girlfriend is also over a lot). Obviously, we have a lot of cars in the driveway, and because of the dark and unsuspecting neighborhood, we are a prime target.
The first time we were robbed, several cars were unlocked. Ipods, change, and other small electronics were stolen. I keep my cars locked up tight, especially now, but one of my roommates didn't, and had their car rummaged through again. Nothing was in it to steal, though. The stereos didn't get stolen, so we figured these were just some dumb kids.
Well, this weekend, my brother was on the front porch, lights off (it was dark - 10PM), and newish white honda crept by. They stopped past the driveway where there were trees and out of sight. Two doors opened and closed, then the car drove off. At first, he thought it was some kids from down the street who were being rowdy since they are free for summer, and yelled at them (just messing around). What he saw was a large black male in thugged out clothes whip out his phone, and start to briskly walk up the street. The car sped back down in reverse and picked him up. He chased after them to get the tag, but it was whited out.
The next morning, our cars hand fingernail scratches around the doors and handprints on the windows where someone was trying to see in. We called the cops and had some prints taken to be added to the previous report.
Now... this is minor crime, but these guys are big, not kids, and pose a real threat. We have several young women in the house who could stumble upon these guys while getting home or retrieving something from their car. What if the thieves get bold and try to steal things off the porch or break in? They are bold enough to come back, even after being chased off.
I went and picked up a pair of dual 150w floodlights. One motion sensing, the other switch and timer activated. I really want my girlfriend to go ahead and get a handgun for protection, so I will probably take her to the store this week. She will have to be approved for change of residency to my address before she can get a CCW, though. In case of an emergency, I showed her how to load and use the shotgun, but it is an over-under, so it's not the best defensive tool. I have my .40 on me at all times.
What else would you guys do?? I don't really know if there is much else that I can do. Although I would like to, I can't get a dog because I don't have the time to tend to one. I know you have to always be prepared for an intruder, but this whole idea of not being safe in your own home due to repeat offenders is a scary thought.