After posting the news story and video "Tough Granny Attacks Robber in Convenience Store" I remembered a couple of incidents from my own experience….
Until four years ago, I'd always felt safe in my hometown. Late one night, however, I heard car doors close. It was not a familiar night time noise on our street, so I looked out my front door and saw a man in my husband’s car, digging through the console, presumably for change. He probably reaped a whopping $1.50 in coins, but his act of larceny angered me.
I flashed on the outside lights and charged out onto the porch yelling “What do you think you’re doing in that car? You creep! Put back what you took.” He ran, but not very far. Seeing no one else around, I reconsidered the wisdom of my angry dash outside. I slipped back inside, locked the door and called the police.
This was not a smart thief. He was unable to start his car since he'd accidentally set off his own car alarm and was unable to shut it off. (Here’s your sign, loser!)
A few neighbors came out. A quick look into the thief’s car was enough for them to discover a car stereo, two laptops, cell phones, wallets, CDs and other stolen personal belongings. That car had more goodies than Santa’s sleigh. Police took the thief and his treasure away.
I was served with subpoenas by the court three times over that incident. Each time the case was postponed. I never got my $1.50 back. I don't even know the final resolution of the case.
A few months later, someone stole my daughter’s car stereo. Since the Woodward Dream Cruise was coming up in a few days, the police told me they were too busy to take a report. My tax dollars were clearly mis-allocated.
Soon after, I observed a man sitting in his car on our street late at night. I heard glass break, so I called the police again. The officer asked if I could describe the man. I said “No, and I’m not going any closer. You’re on your own. You can do your job without help from this granny.”
Whether you confront a criminal or call the police, every neighborhood needs "nosey neighbors" and preferably, an organized neighborhood watch team. Local police will be glad to help you form a team and provide advice. If you don't start one in your neighborhood, who will?