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Home Invasion

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Last Edited: February 23, 2008, 2:48 am

I always felt safe in this sleepy bedroom town.  Taking a stroll on the beach at night to look at the stars was a peaceful way to release my anxiety and fears and talk to my Higher Power.

In the past 10 years the population has doubled, there are now tall concrete condos on the beach road, tacky touristy stores, and traffic is a nightmare. Then the criminals from the east coast began to invade our peaceful community. 

Now Bonita Springs, once a dot on a map between the celebrity mansions of Naples and the historic homes (like Edison's winter home) of Fort Myers has faced an increase in violent crime.  Tonight's news is a wake-up call.  Maybe it's time for me to buy a gun.  Still, unless we walk around wearing holsters, how can we protect ourselves from a home invasion? 

The world has gone completely mad.  Genocide in Darfur, war in Iraq and, in what used to be a quiet fishing village, home invasion.  I can just see the travel brochures of the future.  "Welcome to Bonita Springs. Take your bathing suit, your fishing rod, your suntan oil...and don't forget the Glock."

http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/feb/22/police-bonita-couple-tied-while-home-ransacked/#comments

 

Entry #130

Comments

1.
Coin TossComment by Coin Toss - February 23, 2008, 2:55 am
Ours is a small Midwestern town (I'm not originally from here) and for some of the locals there is absolutely no convincing them that it is not the town they grew up in.

People still leave their doors open, their cars unlocked with the keys in the ignition when they go shopping somewhere, etc...

Justxploring,
Buy a heater! Roscoe the Revolver is your buddy.

2.
TenajComment by Tenaj - February 23, 2008, 4:05 am
Guns were some of the items the invaders stole from them.
3.
Comment by pacattack05 - February 23, 2008, 4:27 am
How do you expect thieves to aquire ten guns and 5 thousand bucks? By working?

I guess it's not safe to keep 10 guns in a safe anymore.

4.
ThatScaryChickComment by ThatScaryChick - February 23, 2008, 12:34 pm
At least the couple wasn't hurt. I'm not saying the incident wasn't horrible, but it could have been worse.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 23, 2008, 1:45 pm
I agree, Scary. The couple wasn't hurt so they might have been "honorable" thieves.   Not every burglar is violent, but I think the fact they were wearing masks and couldn't be recognized was good for the couple.

Tenaj, I know guns were stolen, but as I wrote on my post, unless we walk around wearing holsters and shoot each other like in the Wild West, it doesn't seem to make much of a difference. The element of surprise is very effective. The news said they had several guns, which makes me suspicious. However, some people are gun collectors (or hunters) and the word "several" can be misleading. My Dad wouldn't kill a bug, but we always had a gun in the house.

Now they're reporting 4 masked men entered the home, but the couple can describe them a little, just not their faces. I doubt if that will help. However, many times criminals are stupid and like to brag, so maybe they'll get caught.


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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 23, 2008, 1:53 pm
Oh, a woman just posted this:

**This happened right next door to my house and I was home the whole time.. Didn't hear a thing nor did other neighbors in the surrounding homes who were also home.

Sorry to disappoint the perennial " it's the illegals" crowd but the offenders spoke English without an accent and had been watching the house for weeks. It was someone who knew something about the family therefore this was not a random incident so neighbors should not worry that they are next. ***

I suspected they knew these people or at least that they had guns. If this poster is telling the truth, then that hasn't hit the news yet. Well, it makes me feel a little better, although the incident wasn't anywhere near my neighborhood..although it was still too close for comfort.
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jarasanComment by jarasan - February 23, 2008, 4:42 pm
I reccommend Sig Sauer Arms, lots o' training, and not talking about what you have or don't have in your home. I didn't look at the article but I would guess these invaders knew what they had and were targeted. Home defense should be layered, with option to bail.
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Comment by reddog - February 23, 2008, 6:41 pm
justxploring, do you have a home security system? Crime has no bounderies.
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justxploringComment by justxploring - February 24, 2008, 2:39 am
Reddog, I don't own my place. I am planning to move in the very near future. There is no security at all here. I really like my street and I enjoy looking at the stars at night, but there aren't any street lights and so many people have moved that it's becoming deserted. Florida Exodus.

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