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  1. #1
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    So after 3 WONDERFUL days on 2 different lakes Memorial Day Weekend, we crashed in bed monday night... At 4 am my wife (5 mo. pregnant) gets up and I hear a blood curdling, extremely panicked yell "There's somebody out there!!!"

    Turns out she'd thought she heard a vehicle in the driveway and got up to look, since it was nice out and the windows were open, and the moment she peered thru the blinds she saw a guy dressed in black head to toe a few feet from our bedroom window walking towards the back of the house. Scary part is that her scream/yelling didn't even seem to bother him. These guys even had the balls to drive down 400' of driveway right up in front of my van and attached garage!!!

    So, I naturally fly outta bed to the window and start yelling at them to get outta here. I never saw the guy (or 2?) walking cuz when she yelled the person in the truck flipped on the headlights (which grabbed my attention) and proceeded to turn around. Again, the driver wasnt in a hurry either. Didn't drive over my bushes or haul butt, just casually did a 3 point turn to turn around and drove off. VERY crazy and un-nerving. Not sure if the guy on foot hopped in the back when he was turning around? I saw that it was an early 90's Chevy that was blue and silver with a loud exhaust. not knowing where the guy on foot was, I proceeded to my closet to try to find my shotgun, which didn't even have a barrel installed on it. Somewhere during this time, I wiped something across my left eye and scratched 40% of my cornea Cops showed up 1 hour later (since we ran them off they said we weren't a priority and that we should let them break into whatever they're going to do and call them and tell them burglary in progress...Whatever...) Said there was nothing they could do even if the guys were still there since no crime was committed. I had sat on the back porch with the shotgun til the police got there.

    Well, my wife's STILL freaked out today, and doesn't sleep much at night still. That Tuesday night I came home with a nice, new Ruger 38 special and ammo, and Wed. night with a nice lightly used CZ75B 9mm (looks new). Yesterday we picked up a family dog, a 9 mo. old housetrained German Shepherd/Lab mix. Pretty white dog that loves all the kids. Everyone in the house 5+ years old has shot both guns, and all 12+ are familiar with where they are and how to use them.

    Oh yes, so a couple days after it happens, some guys (characters) part a red 2-door Mitsubishi in the neighbors driveway mid-day and stop in and ask my wife if they can cut the grass. No mowing equipment, wearing sweatpants. No, she didn't open the door for them, just cracked a window. After she told them "no" they proceeded to ask questions about lawn equipemnt and stuff, to which she told them none of their business and please leave. They took off quickly and she was unable to get a plate number.

    Of course, I had to go out of town for a few days for work. One night she said she heard an engine running again and thought she saw lights in the kitchen, and when she got up there was a vehicle leaving the neighbor's driveway, but there's no turn-around in their driveway.

    In talking with many neighbors, this silver truck has been run off from other houses on our road (we're not really in a neighborhood so to speak) and been seen casing a neighborhood nearby.

    Welcome to my very hectic, sleepless life as of late...
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    Dang man - that whole scenario sucks in the worst way. I would think with that much activity you could get a sheriff out there making their presence known way more frequently.

    You want them there quick - tell the dispatcher whoever it is that's uninvited is exposing themself to your children. Hell even if it were just taking a pee in the bushes. They'll come in a hell of a hurry from what I've been told. Your word against theirs but at least the cops get their quickly...
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    The cop (early 20's ?) said he put us on some list to where they're "required" to drive by our house once a day.

    Interesting idea on getting them there quickly... Whatever it takes right?
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    Yea, not sure how moral that is, but a neighbor clued me in to it. Had problems with some of his neighbors 20-somethings having a loud party. Getting out of hand. Tried to play it cool, talked to the them and they were acting like a bunch of tough guy douche bags basically giving him the f-off. Called the cops and they said something like, sorry more important things going on. He then told them one of the guys was taking a piss in the bushes right in front of his kids in the yard and within 5 minutes he had 3 patrol cars there. Apparently that is the equivalent of exposing yourself.

    Depending on how far away your neighbors are I'd be tempted to talk to them and share a night watch schedule of some sort if that's feasible for a few weeks. Some sleep is better than no sleep?
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    A quarter stick out the window would probably scare the sh*t out of them enough not to come back.
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    You may want to look at a Crimson Trace Laser for your handgun. Yelling and screaming are one thing, but a red dot on your (or your buddy's) chest is something else. Also, 400' is nothing, so the driver gets a little something too.

    For $200, it will give you (and your wife) more confidence. For $100, you definately need night sites.

    In the end though, if my gun comes out, odds are the bad guy won't ever see the laser.
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    oh, this gives me chills!

    Once everyone is home & in bed for the night, I'd lay a tack strip down at the top of that 400' of driveway you've got. Put a "No Trespassing" and/or "Private Property" sign just in front of it. Sit back & listen for the pops.
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    Good choice in guns man,

    I have a CZ-P01 9mm and love it.
    http://cz-usa.com/products/view/cz-p01/

    I got my 2 dogs, and so fare they have never barked in the middle of the night warning of people where they shouldn't be, but God help who ever comes into my house uninvited, because between the 2 dogs, and my pistol there will be no mercy in my household
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    Default recent burglery attempt(s)

    Cornrickey you make all the sense in the world. Very good response. All firearms owners love to "say" what they'd do if put into a situation that was life threatening and they had there firearm at the ready but it's another thing to actually shoot someone or even fire a warning shot for a justifiable threat. I would get damn well versed on your states laws regarding firearms and discharge and such. A warning shot will land somewhere, you don't know where. A guy in Oregon (a military vet) just got arrested a few weeks ago for firing a warning shot into the ground while some guy tried breaking into his house. Just be smart about your decisions, especially in today's "anti-gun" climate we're unfortunately up against.

    Invest in floodlights, a security system with cameras is also a good option. If you haven't created a family plan then sit down and do so with your family.

    Hopefully this guy or guys gets caught before anything happens. Scary situation to be in indeed. I've gotten my CCW from FL and UT and when we get settled in SC next month I'm applying for my CFP there as well. My mindset has definitely changed as of late and especially since I have a family now. My wife and I have taken training courses and will be further taking additional concealed carry courses to help with training for scenarios like this and others. You always hope to never have to take that route of using your firearm but one day it just "may" be required.

    Hope you put the barrel in that shotty after all this!

    Best of luck to you and your family and your safety.
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    I shoot in the back yard. We have 5 acres w/ pasture behind us and 2 of my neighbors shoot. I'm not going to 2nd guess my safety in worries of getting in trouble for doing something harmless (wanring shot). Cross that bridge when it comes I guess. much of that seems to be area dependent (state, city, neighborhood, neighbors, etc.) We here in SC like our guns Very pro-gun state. Hardest thing to get here is ammo... (and can only get 2 boxes at a time)

    We have lots of lights, but I don't like leaving them on all the time. I need to get the motions detectors working I guess. I just like it to be dark at night when it is supposed to be dark, ya know...

    Check the laws, your FL or UT CWP may be valid in SC. It is pretty weak here and not accepted in many other states. I heard in GA now all you need tp do is show that you have a gun and apply. No class or shooting necessary! Scary. 1 day class here in SC, ~ $150 total.

    Yes, I had the barrel in a few minutes after they left. If the guy was still behind my detached garage or in my woods, he heard me and heard a couple shells racked

    Good idea on the family plan layout. Will work on that.
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