Blossoming crime sprees, neighborhood collapses, preparatory measures being taken, SHTF scenarios all make for riveting reading-- when they aren't happening to your neighborhood!
My job required me to travel a few hours away on an overnight trip that began yesterday. I get a text from my friend a half block down from me who was racing home from his work to be with his sister, who was watching his two year old there, as was her job. They were holed up in the house because a gunman was loose in our neighborhood.
Some guy wanted by LE the next county over had broken into an apartment a block away and stole a sawed off shot gun after an altercation with the apartment renter. The entire neighborhood and SW side of the city goes into lockdown. A police chopper lands behind my house and spends hours circling above. Roads are closed and police are everywhere. Meanwhile, I'm helpless to do anything to protect my family from where I was, so I orchestrate with my buddy to plan on his brother staying with my wife while I was gone because the thug is still at large. I wasn't panicking, I just wanted to be able to do something.
This is the eighth burglary within a half mile ofnmy home in the last 1.5 months. My buddy I mentioned above lives next door to a house that was broken into one one night during the spree. We have all been on edge since then. The burglaries were pretty brazen, even carrying them out while people were home. There was a large police presence every day for two weeks afterward. One day you'd see about 5 cop cars descend in front of a house and then disappear. Jogging at dusk would get you spotlighted and questioned. I expect this, but I also commented that when the police presence abates, this stuff will rise again.
We moved into our home in 2004 and our 'hood used to be considered desirable. Now its not uncommon to hear raised voices in some domestic dispute, as I listened to at midnight last Wednesday. I know this is small fries perhaps compared to what some of you have been through but for our area, this is a radical shift for us here. As I hinted at, we're just not used to this frequency of crime.
I guess I have nothing useful for posting this but to just be able to vent a bit and say that the chances are far greater today than yesterday that I could become a crime statistic- in my own home. I no longer get to read about this kind of stuff happening elsewhere; it's here, literally at my doorstep (police bloodhounds actually tracked the thieves' scent right by our house). I can no longer NOT have a plan to deal with this if we are to remain in the suburbs. Our hands have been forced here by these events.
As the economy deteriorates, I expect the poor living conditions and risks taken by criminals to increase. Is this going to be the lamentable, new wave of the future in suburbia? Are any of you experiencing upticks in crime where you live?