I don’t know what to think

I’m on Nextdoor and yesterday afternoon I get an urgent alert that some kid tried to break into a neighbor’s home around 4:00 PM — she was home, and kid just walked up to the back door and tried to come in. He ran off because he was discovered. Description seemed familiar to other neighbors, so he’s probably been the one responsible for some stuff lately — hopefully he’ll get caught.

And yes, it’s a good argument for putting padlocks on your fence gates.

We’ve had a rash of mailbox break-ins.

Cars have been rummaged through.

Now I read that a Walgreens was robbed at gunpoint about 10:30 last night. Apparently a dude matching the same description went to the Walgreens near my house, demanded drugs at the pharmacy; didn’t get the full information on what happened there tho.

There’s been other shit going on too, all around Austin. Just open your eyes a little bit, because your neighborhood is getting nailed too.

And not all of it is getting reported on the news. Check out Krimelabb, Austin Police Department CrimeViewer, SpotCrime, and even NextDoor is quite useful.

Shit’s bad, folks.

If nothing else, get your head out of the sand about the reality of the world we live in. That’s the first step towards keeping yourself safe and being able to do something about it.

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4 thoughts on “I don’t know what to think

  1. Nothing to “think” about. Harden what you can. Be vigilant. Hopefully this doper will get caught. We had a similar issue in the complex I live in. One punk breaking into cars, walking into open apartments… He has not been seen since he got hauled off by DPD.

    • Well that’s just the thing — it’s nothing to think about for people who’ve already thought about it.

      But believe me, there are a lot of people that have never thought about it or if they have thought about it are in denial about it or just don’t think enough about it. I know people that leave their doors unlocked, or maybe get into the habit for a little bit after they hear about an incident but then after a few days drift back to old habits. On the one hand, I cannot fault them — it’s a very human thing to do that. But on the other, that shows that you HAVE to actively think about it and work on it to make it become your new habit.

      Like so many things tho, improving security and handling doesn’t have to be some giant move. Just starting with a small thing like getting in the habit of locking your doors is a good way to start. Baby steps, and before you know it you’ll be running.

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