And to think I get mad at hubby for yelling at me for not locking doors and windows

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  3. by   passing thru
    What a story !!
    And the perpetrator sitting for hours in the back yard in the Bronco just waiting...
    He could have hammered or stabbed all of them...

    There ARE lots of places in rural America where they still don't lock the doors at night.

    It is sad.
    A whole generation has grown up - - - not knowing that we all used to just go to bed when we were sleepy.
    It never occurred to any of us to even close the doors.....(unless it was raining or winter.)

    Now, we close, lock, and deadbolt all the doors as a matter of
    routine.

    Another example of American de- civil - izing.
  4. by   oramar
    This perp is apparently a drug addict, drunk and thief, most likely not a pervert. He in his doped up haze, probably thought he was going to get money for the kid. If he even knew what he was doing at all. That was close, very close, could have been a terrible tragedy. It also helped that he was on foot, if he would have had a car near by the cops would still be looking for this little one. You can't tell from the picture but boy is she cute. These people live near me.
  5. by   jnette
    Originally posted by passing thru
    What a story !!


    There ARE lots of places in rural America where they still don't lock the doors at night.

    It is sad.
    A whole generation has grown up - - - not knowing that we all used to just go to bed when we were sleepy.
    It never occurred to any of us to even close the doors.....(unless it was raining or winter.)

    Now, we close, lock, and deadbolt all the doors as a matter of
    routine.

    We do? Not in my area ! Stupid, perhaps. But we sure don't do that here. Doubt it will ever change, either. I like it that way. I hope it remains this way.
  6. by   ucandoit
    What a jerk!!! Hope he rotts in jail!
  7. by   CountrifiedRN
    How scary for those parents! You've got to wonder what his intentions were when he took the baby. Ransom, perhaps?

    Glad that this story had a happy ending.

    I have to admit that since I moved to NC I've gotten pretty lax about locking doors and windows. It's a different atmosphere here than in a big city, but I guess you can never be too careful.
  8. by   P_RN
    I live just about as far "in the country" as you can get. In the past month there has been a kidnapping/hostage situation of a relative, 2 meth labs, a murder, an arson and of course the people across the road who have a history of dealing coke.

    Nice little town. You better believe we lock the doors, windows, have lighting on at night, have a dog and still don't feel absolutely safe. I also lock my cars when they are in the garage. Twenty years ago, I still locked my doors. Thirty years ago I locked my doors.
  9. by   Rustyhammer
    Still don't lock or take the keys out of the car when we are here.
    -R
  10. by   H ynnoD
    Have to lock the doors,have dogs and a gun to live in my niegborhood.Sometimes forget to lock to back door,but they have to travel a hundred feet past 3 dogs to get there.
  11. by   jnette
    Originally posted by Rustyhammer
    Still don't lock or take the keys out of the car when we are here.
    -R
    Ditto... not even at the store...

    But that's not to say stuff won't/can't happen... "stuff" happens anywhere, I guess. But I'm not changing my ways for the "what ifs" anytime soon. Can't STAND having to ( HAVING to) lock stuff up ! Really irks me.. there ARE places where I would, of course.. I understand that ! But we're not there yet. Thank goodness.
  12. by   Rapheal
    That story sent a shiver up my spine.
  13. by   colleen10
    OMG!!!!! I live in Pittsburgh but have taken the past 4 days off as vacation and haven't been tuning into the news. I hadn't heard about this til I read it today.

    South Park is also a relatively nice middle class neighborhood too. I never would have expected anything like this there, but more and more this kind of thing is happening everywhere, no matter whether the city or urban area, income or class. I lock everything all the time.

    I live in Crafton and do my grocery shopping in the Crafton/Ingram shopping center where last week a US Postal Delivery person was seemingly randomly shot in broad daylight.

    Sometimes I think that it would be best if my husband and I moved to a small rural town like the one he grew up in in Oklahoma. But then he tells me of the huge trouble many small towns have with drugs and I think that no where is ever really safe.
  14. by   oramar
    It is the drugs, the drugs are ruining many communities. Elderly people are being murdered in their homes and are being attacked by drug addicts all the time. Now it seems like infants are not safe. Even the upper crust communities like Fox Chapel and Mt. Lebanon have had nice folks murdered in their beds by druggies hunting for money and jewelry.

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