Burglary Story : I have tightened up my security

by David Kelp

(Westwood, KS)

In 2004 I lost my job, this was not unexpected. My good lady was able to take extra hours so it was decided that I would stay at home and look after the house.

This was something that I thought that I would enjoy doing, but you know what, I got bored too easy and maybe a little lonely also. After seeing my good lady off in the morning I’d crack on with the chores, this kept me busy until around the middle of the day.

Sometimes I would pick up a book or flip on the TV set, but too often I’d leave the house and meet up with a few cronies. Nothing wrong with that once in a while but it was getting to be a habit.

I guess that the day I drove off and left both the garage door and the connecting door to the house open I was in a wild tearing hurry to get to my friends. I often left open the garage door, bad habit. But I was careful to keep the connecting door locked, or thought that I was.

It took me about five minutes to pull myself together and call the cops. I’d walked in saying to myself over and over that I could not have left that door open, but I had.

They took only small stuff. Must have been in and out just as quick as a wink. Nobody saw nothing, nobody heard nothing. Cops said there had been several opportunity burglaries, robberies and car thefts.

My good lady started in to give me a roasting, but then she realized how dumb I felt so she laid off. I was dumb though, dumb, dumb, dumb.

Naturally now I have tightened up my security habits, always put the car away, lock up that door and the garage.

And some good came from it too. I no longer felt fit to be in charge of the house, and did not want to be! I went and took the first job that would take me even though it was not my usual salary or status. And you know what, I love it. I am still in the job now that I’m past retirement, hope to be in it for a long time yet.

Thank you for the good information that you give here.

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Oct 07, 2009

Extra Space.

by: Right here.


I have taken out that door too and not regretted it. You are right in that it gives extra room space, and in the garage I can keep my big old engineers tool chest against the wall.


Jan 04, 2009

Do you need that door?

by: Anonymous


Do you need that connecting door? I’ve blocked mine up.

I had heard so many times about burglars breaking in through that door that it always worried me. Then it hit me, I didn’t need it.

Blocking it was easy, an afternoons work. You would be amazed at the extra space we have now that door is gone. Using my garage is no problem. I just walk out the front main door, lock it, and open up the garage. Sure I get a little wet if it rains but what the heck. You don’t need that connecting door.


Aug 10, 2008

Garage doors left unlocked.

by: Martin (editor)


Hi David,

Yes unfortunately many burglars are able to walk right into a home through an unlocked door, and garage doors are the most likely to be left unlocked.

Sorry that you learned the lesson the hard way but glad that you have tightened up your security precautions, it is always best to double check that a door is locked.

Thank you very much for sharing your burglary story with us.

Martin (editor)


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