Have you ever been the victim of a crime?

  1. I was burglarized Sunday at 3:45 am. My dog was barking and when I got up to shut her up, I noticed my husband's truck domelight was on and then I noticed SOMEONE WAS INSIDE LOOKING THROUGH IT!

    Now at this point, I have to mention I am naked (it WAS a weekend night, haven't seen much of the husband all week, you get the picture?) and when I yell at my husband, he goes running through the front door, chasing the guy down the street, I'm yelling at him to come back, he realizes he is naked too, jogs back to me, I'm calling the sheriff, then we both decide we better get dressed. Don't want to get arrested for indecent exposure, ya know.

    The loser thief made off with our cellular phone and my husband's set of keys (including our house key!) which he had left in the ignition! Duh! Anyway, we had to sleep Sunday night with all the flood lights on, I booby trapped our doors (ever see the old Dick Van Dyke episode where Laura puts tin cans in front of the door?), and everytime our dog would bark, I would have to get up and check out everything.

    I HATE the feeling that I am so vulnerable. I am so mad at the person who did this. We had our locks changed yesterday, but I still do not feel safe.



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  2. 7 Comments

  3. by   JennieBSN
    Have been a victim WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY back when I was still 16...they stole all the tires off our car, as well as tapes, stereo, and whatever money they could find. I hated being a victim, then, too, and hate having to do 'lock down' every night at the house. Sign o' the times, unfortunately.

    I just try to correct any mistakes I might have made (oh yeah, forgot my car was broken into when I left a SUITCASE in the back seat) that led to the crime if there were any, and move on. It's hard to do, but at least it was just your car that was hurt, and not YOU. It could have been much, much worse, and I think you realize that.

    My mom always says that people are more important than things, and in this case, the people in your home are safe and sound....and naked. Of that, I am jealous.... .
  4. by   Cindy_A
    I used to live in Indianapolis, and my apartment was broken into twice. Unfortunately, I believe my roomate had something to do with that, when she moved out never had any more problems. Also when I used to be a teller at a bank in Indy I was robbed at gunpoint, needless to say I gave him all my cash and hope he'd get the hell out of there! Now I'm living in a rural area and I feel much safer.
  5. by   st4304
    Originally posted by Cindy_A:
    I used to live in Indianapolis, and my apartment was broken into twice. Unfortunately, I believe my roomate had something to do with that, when she moved out never had any more problems. Also when I used to be a teller at a bank in Indy I was robbed at gunpoint, needless to say I gave him all my cash and hope he'd get the hell out of there! Now I'm living in a rural area and I feel much safer.
    Funny, I lived in Indianapolis my entire life until 5 yrs ago when we moved to a rural area. I think that was part of our stupidity, -- we felt safer. We were of out of the habit of "lock down" every night. We are also the parents of three teen daughters. When I think about what could have happened, . . .well, let's just say that we are much smarter and more careful than before. The world is a very scary place, and it just invaded my life.

    Kday -- I guess you could say I got lucky twice that night. No one was hurt, and I got to run around outside naked with my man without getting caught! (Thank goodness it was a warm night!)

  6. by   duckie
    When I was 12, my mother was shot by a man that had called her Mom. He pleaded insanity and was out of the mental hospital before my Mom even learned to walk again. My Mom still lives in fear of running into this man as they live in the same state. When I was young, Mom would drill me everytime we went out, just in case she would see him, of what we would do and how she could keep me safe. She had asked the police for help several times when she finaly realized he was crazy but since he hadn't harmed her, just gave only threats, there was nothing they could do. The pictures in my mind of my Dad walking backwards with her holding onto his hands, to help her gain her strength and ability to walk will never leave my mind. But I am thankful everyday that God let her stay with us. They decided the reason he had turned on Mom was because his own mother had abused him as a child. I personally find this a cop out, as I too had abuse when very young. I think he was sick, in more ways than one. Sorry, hope this isn't to much of a downer. I haven't told many people about this as it happened a long time ago.
  7. by   fiestynurse
    Wow! Duckie, I am glad your mom's o.k!!

    I would like to know if any nurses have been victims of crimes in or around work. We recently had a nurse, who was attacked on the night shift, when she walked into an empty room to check-out a noise she heard. The guy had entered an exit door that was suppose to be locked, but it had been propped open with a stick. Needless to say our security was beefed-up after this occurence. We now have a security guy who walks around the building with a gaurd dog. Nurses are also instructed to leave all empty patient room doors open at night.
  8. by   kjmta57
    Working in corrections I guess it is kind of expected to get assulted. The inmates do what we call gassing(Iwork in a level 4 prison)which is they throw urine or feces on staff. The inmate that assulted me got 25 to life his third strike but that is pretty unusal but my case was a little diffrent so the jury took only 15 minutes in giving it to him. Working in corrections you see how backwards our legal system for the most part is. Someone can get more time for stealing a car then molesting a child.Did you know inmates can sue awhile in prison and you as taxpayers are paying for them to sue. And instead of taking it to court the state will usally seattle out of court sometimes paying the inmate thousands of dollars which of course is coming from the taxpayers money. Presently there is a law suit up in SF on medical care which will cost billions to put it into effect and inmates will get better medical care then your parents or someone in the milatary. Sorry but this is a big issue with me since most taxpayers have no idea of where their money goes in corrections.Nor do most people make it a point to find out.2.5 million in pharmacy cost alone for one institution last year!
  9. by   bestblondRN
    I would like to know if any nurses have been victims of crimes in or around work. We recently had a nurse, who was attacked on the night shift, when she walked into an empty room to check-out a noise she heard. The guy had entered an exit door that was suppose to be locked, but it had been propped open with a stick. Needless to say our security was beefed-up after this occurence. We now have a security guy who walks around the building with a gaurd dog. Nurses are also instructed to leave all empty patient room doors open at night.
    Wow--how scary! When I was managing a unit back about 7 years ago, I had a patient attack and strangle one of my staff nurses. He was in for a seizure disorder, but was schizophrenic in addition. He attacked the nurse with no provocation when she was in the room taking care of the roommate, and thankfully, the roommate had enough presence of mind to scream for help and put his call light on when the patient grabbed the nurse and pinned her down on the floor. This nurse (who was a stellar bedside nurse) has left the profession secondary to PTSD she incurred as a result of the attack. I was a victim of crime on the same unit when there was a racket that someone in housekeeping was running with someone on the outside, and they were going through manager offices they knew to be empty most of the day (I spent a good deal of time on the floor). I had my wallet stolen twice in a short period of time--the first time it was never found, but the second time it was recovered with only the cash missing. One of my NAs alerted me to a conversation she overheard between my housekeeper and another person in the lobby, in which my name was mentioned, so I alerted security who busted the ring operating in the hospital along with the local police. I remember feeling so invaded after that, and found a great deal of irony in not being safe from things like that in the workplace.

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