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thx everyone....I was more venting, looking for some people to listen & ease my mind. I wasn't asking for anyone to tell me to run out andgo all GI Jane on someone. Thx for the help, everyone have a great evening.



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I need some advice on how to catch someone b4 they hurt my family! Last night was the 3rd time this wk we have been messed with by whoever it is & they finally got in the basement! The didn't mess with us, I'm. Assuming bc my husband was home but he goes back to work 3rd shift 2morrow....I'm terrified!!! I have kids...little kids. I do own a gun but I'm not thrilled about using it....don't get me wrong if they come in threatening my family I will but the thought isn't sitting to well with me!! I'm pretty new to the whole gun thing, I thought about getting a hand gun but with kids I nvr did. Now that this situation is going on we have this shotgun in the house....how effect is this gun goint to be & how good of an aim am I going to have to be IF I ever have to use it?? I Know a hand gun u have to be a pretty good aim and be right on but with this is it different? I totally freaking out over here u have no idea! I'm 5'9" and weigh 1115 soak & wet just to give u an idea of what a fighter I would be:( This has changed my entire life and unless u have been in this situation u have no idea what I'm going thru. Someone plz ease my mind!!!
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Wait a minute. Slow down.

You have an instance of breaking and entering? It appears that no effort to call law enforcement has been made. A call to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction in your area would be the first thing to do over starting a post here.
 

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If you think you're in a position that might need a gun, first step is to call the police. Then ask someone to come stay with you for a few days.

Maybe a family member. Next thing to do is get some training on handling home invasions. The more trained you are with a handgun, the better prepared you'll be if you ever need it.
 

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You need more immediate assistance than a forum is capable of rendering. Varob's right. Ask for help from family or friends and keep the police well-informed.
 
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I need some advice on how to catch someone b4 they hurt my family! Last night was the 3rd time this wk we have been messed with by whoever it is & they finally got in the basement! The didn't mess with us, I'm. Assuming bc my husband was home but he goes back to work 3rd shift 2morrow....I'm terrified!!! I have kids...little kids. I do own a gun but I'm not thrilled about using it....don't get me wrong if they come in threatening my family I will but the thought isn't sitting to well with me!! I'm pretty new to the whole gun thing, I thought about getting a hand gun but with kids I nvr did. Now that this situation is going on we have this shotgun in the house....how effect is this gun goint to be & how good of an aim am I going to have to be IF I ever have to use it?? I Know a hand gun u have to be a pretty good aim and be right on but with this is it different? I totally freaking out over here u have no idea! I'm 5'9" and weigh 1115 soak & wet just to give u an idea of what a fighter I would be:( This has changed my entire life and unless u have been in this situation u have no idea what I'm going thru. Someone plz ease my mind!!!
1. You need to figure out how this person is getting into your home, and prevent him from doing so, or at least make it a lot harder. Barriers, lighting, dogs, alarms, all of these are useful in discouraging someone from unauthorized access.

2. No gun is going to be very helpful if you aren't trained in safe handling and aren't proficient in it's use. In fact, a loaded gun can be a liability and a danger to your family if you are ignorant of how to safely store, handle, and use it.

3. A shotgun loaded with buckshot is one of the most decisive weapons you can use. If you hit what you're aiming at, the threat is likely to be "DRT" (Dead Right There). You'd better make darn sure of your target before you pull that trigger, lest you discover that the 'bump in the night' was a drunk, disoriented neighbor's teenager, or even your own husband or child.

Shotgun pellets don't have enough distance to spread at short range, so you still need to be able to hit what you're aiming at, and be proficient in knocking the safety off and chambering the next round (if it's not a semi-auto).

Seems like you really need to get the bottom of this odd situation, before you start shooting though.
 

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Thank u! The first time they got into our garage bc my husbanddidnt lock his truck & they used his garage door opener but they couldn't get into the house. They tried going thru my oldest daughters window bc they left the screens up and the cops dusted for prints (which were everywhere but were smuched, so they were no good).
The second time I was up all night (2 days later) and they were outside at 4am just throwing things in our shed...jumping on our back deck and kicking what sounded like my car but there were no dents so I'm not sure what that sound was...I called the cops again! They came flying out here bc of what happened just 2 days earlier (they nvr take anything ether) last night I was gone until 130am and my husband and our daughters went grocery shopping & came home around 10 or 1030 ish about the time its just getting dark and had our windows open, not thinking anything would happen durng those hours....but today his cousin and him went into te basement and it was tore up and one of our screens was all jacked up....again nothing was missing!! I'm not sure y these ppl want to be in our house so bad or if there stil in here somewhere waiting for my husband to go back to work tomorrow night but I'm terrified...and yesI called the cops again today but again no god prints! I don't know what to do at this point besides keep everything locked and continue to not sleep at nigh like I have been:(
 

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The culprit couldn't be some furry, four-legged variety, could it?
 

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Motion lights, portable security camera's, and a 12 gauge. The cops should be well aware of your situation and stepping up patrols in the area. Something tells me you somehow know this person who's troubling you since you made the immediate leap into "harassment".
 

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Mrs. HB has it spot on. The shotgun you have, take it to the range and LEARN it. It's a last resort but if you aren't familiar with it the it's just taking up closet space. Have someone look at your house and help with ideas to secure to areas these idiots are getting in. Stay vigilant but don't let these idiots control and dictate your life. Exterior (motion detecting) lighting is a start.
 

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Oh and I didn't tell u there's that box on the side of ur house for cable and what not, well we don't use it we have different cable...whoever is doing this cut the wires in that box & left it open. The cop said that they prolly thought it was an alarm system so they cut the wires! No its not a furry four legged friend they sat in my husbands truck just smoking away...there was ashes all over the place & he doesn't smoke. No we like all of our neighbors and that's the thing they aren't being messed with so I'm thinking its someone we know always.....but who? That's what's driving me crazy who hates us so much thy r trying to hurt us!!!
 

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With this many incidents and signs they tried to get into your child's room I am beyond surprised the Police would not have an officer watching over your house as you have had so many incidents so close together. Something does not seem right to me about all of this.

Also why have you not had an alarm company out yet - put up cameras - the whole 9 yards?
 

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Some options ...

  • Grill the local police/sheriff for options, steps you can do, services you can leverage. They might have some very good suggestions.

  • Stay at home for the next several days to a week / family emergency (which it is).

  • Consider temporarily moving the kids into the master bedroom to sleep with you, until this person is caught. Makes for a much simpler invader/intruder scenario, from a defensive standpoint. Makes it much simpler if, for example, you actually need to use the firearm against a person, as anyone coming through that door is a danger. (Depends on your house specifics, layout, willingness to have kids in there vs down the hall.)

  • If you haven't already, learn to use the shotgun and handgun effectively ... now. Check with the police, sheriff and local range to see if you can get someone in-the-know to assist immediately, with the basics.

  • If you haven't already, call a couple of alarm companies to ask about their inexpensive options for alarmed security. Consider cameras with motion-sensing video capture.

  • Beefier bolts/screws on all doors. Deadbolts on everything, possibly without an outside key hole (for added security). The longer/tougher screws can also help, ~3.5" min length, ie Spax screws. Can make it tougher to kick in or pry open a door, but this presumes your door frames are stout enough to withstand "casual" kicking/prying. Easy step, for the price of a few dozen screws picked up at Home Depot or Lowes. Do the hinge plates, bolt plate in the door, and the bolt facing plate on the frame ... for each door. (Caution, with tightening too much, as you can change alignment of the door somewhat on lesser doors/frames to the point the door won't lock/close as neatly. Though, if your door does this, the real issue is: you need a better door/frame.)

  • Consider "security/storm" type doors, ones made of stout steel framing, with a locking outer screen-mesh style door, and an inner locking/bolted door.

  • Consider tough "films" that you can ad to windows. They can help make it harder to enter a home, though it won't stop a determined attack.

  • Garage door opener: don't store these outside, in the cars, when you're not going to use the cars. Can make an easy entry into the home.

  • Dog: If you don't already have one, consider getting one. One that's been 'round the dance floor a few times would be best, one that's protective of its space, one at least a couple years old. (Check with the Humane Society or pound, for some alternatives.) I realize this might not feel like a good choice, for some people, but it might be the simplest advance warning system you can do. AWD, mobile, alert, loving/caring for kids.

  • Realize that whatever you do, advance warning of intrusion is going to save your bacon. Alarmed perimeter, portable alarms strategically placed, alert "watch" dogs ... each of these can help provide you with that advance notice someone is attempting to get in, or has entered. There are portable, mini alarms that you can place here and there within the house (ie, basement approach to the home's interior) that don't cost a lot.

  • Cameras, even fake ones; "protected by XYZ security / alarm" stickers on the windows/doors. Showing visibly that you've taken precautions to a new level might help raise the deterrent factor. Of course, "fake" precautions are just that, fake. They won't help you, other than possible deterrence of an unmotivated intruder. Of course, real motion-sensing night/day cameras can be invaluable, for identifying such intruders. Strategically placed around the outside of the home and key interior spots (ie, basement approach into the home's interior), you can capture video of the idiot(s) doing this. Invaluable proof for police/arrests, almost guaranteeing conviction.

  • Neighbor awareness: since you're on good terms with all of the neighbors, I'd put the word out. They'll want to know as well, 'cause it could easily be them tomorrow night. Hasn't been, so far, sure, but there's no way to know. Have them keep particular watch, if they're home and willing.

  • Be sure to vary your schedule. Patterns can be deadly. The less intel about you the intruder has, the better off you are. With a working parent that has fixed hours, particularly with cars parked outside that are clearly and obviously gone at set times, this can be difficult to achieve. (One of the beautiful benefits of a garage.)

  • Make sure your kids understand the strict rule of sticking close-by at all times, for the duration. Hopefully your kids are old enough, bright enough and obedient enough to help you in this regard. You're going to need to remain more vigilant until this person is caught.

You've apparently already had wires/cables cut, from this person. Strangely, the person keeps coming back. Might well just be someone messing with you. But then, you've also had actual entry. It's now to the point your lives are at potential risk. Time to strongly consider heavy methods: alarm, cameras, shotgun/handgun usage, beefing up your perimeter guards, a dog, etc.

Good luck.
 

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The culprit couldn't be some furry, four-legged variety, could it?
Did you read her posts? They opened the door on a truck and pushed the button the garage door opener! What 4 legged furry critter does that?
 
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