Justice Prevailed Today

Scales of justice (free clip art)
Scales of justice (free clip art)

Unfortunately we have had difficulties with one of our neighbors since almost the day we moved into our house. Difficulties that eventually forced us to put up “No trespassing” signs up around the yard, hire lawyers, and send out letters advising the neighbor that he is not welcome on our property, and to stay off of our property.

The neighbor I am writing about is a scary and dangerous man who has threatened to kill everyone in our family. He has threatened to kill us himself, and he has threatened to take out “hits” on us. He has bragged that his concealed weapon permit gives him permission to kill us if he wants to kill us.

We have gone to the police for help on more than one occasion for these threats, and the magistrate refused to do anything about it each time. The neighbor continues to violate the no trespassing orders, and we have filed trespassing complaints and gone to criminal court twice now over those violations. The first time the judge dismissed the case. This time, even though the neighbor claimed that he has never stepped on our property since we purchased it (He has been on our property a lot and caused much aggravation from his presence on our property, which is why we served him with papers to stay off the property) however, the judge found in our favor, and found the neighbor guilty of trespassing.

The neighbor was fined $400. The judge suspended $200 of it. The neighbor was sentenced to 60 days in jail, all suspended. The judge told both of us to have no contact of any kind with each other, and instructed the neighbor to stay off of our property. He warned the neighbor that if he violates the order to stay off of the property within the next two years, that he will have to pay the rest of the fine, and serve all of the jail time.

Upon arriving home, I called the Culpeper Sheriff’s Office and left a message for the officer that has been helping me with the troubles with our neighbor to please return my call. Within a few minutes, he called me and I filled him in on the verdict. He was very glad to hear that justice prevailed today, and he agreed to increase the neighborhood patrol to help keep us safer from retribution by the neighbor.

Although I am very glad that the judge found our neighbor guilty of trespassing, I have concerns that the animosity and bad feelings will now escalate into something even more ominous, with sinister results.

We already have a security system installed, and we are going to have a better one installed really soon. My hubby is a crack shot with his guns, and has a concealed weapons permit. I’ve resisted going to the gun range to learn to shoot, but maybe now is the time to give in and do it, for my protection. I have concerns that the kick-back (recoil) will hurt my hands and/or shoulder. My hubby insists that he has at least two or three guns I could learn to shoot that won’t hurt me with their recoil.

We have two very vocal, protective dogs to sound the alarm and help protect us. I don’t know, maybe we’ll buy a trained guard dog that will attack on command as well. We will have to wait and see.

If anything bad happens to us, and we all end up dead, please tell the police to look very hard at the neighbor that we are having problems with. Thank you all!

Implementing Home Security into a Daily Routine

Implementing Home Security into a Daily Routine
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When you have a family you are sure to do everything possible to keep your family safe and happy. With the busy and ever changing day to day life simple home security seems to fall off our priority list. However, it is important to add simple home security steps into our daily routines. Here are a few things to add to your day to day list that will always keep your home safe.

  1. Safe and Secure

Home security systems are a great addition to any home. It is important to make it a routine to always have the alarm system set and on alert at night or when the home is empty. Make sure to look into home security in Goodyear or wherever you may reside. Home security signs are also good to display in the front yard or in a front window. The signs alone will ward off any potential intruders.

  1. Keep it Clean

Having routine yard maintenance is important to keeping the burglars at bay. Clean yards show that the house is maintained well. It also takes away any possible hiding spots that a lurker might try to take refuge in.

  1. Careful What you Share

It is important to be careful what you share on social media sites. Do not post when you will be out of town. Also do not post times that your house will be completely empty. You never know who could see the posts.

  1. Lock Lock Lock

Get into a habit of locking up every access point to the home. Make sure all the locks are working and are not easily vandalized. The home should be locked up at night and during the day when no one is home. Grab a couple deadbolts from a home improvement store and install them on the front and back door. This will add extra safety and strength to those doors. Make it a habit to always lock those as well.

  1. Say Goodbye

Whenever you leave your home it is always a good idea to say goodbye to someone, even if there is no one in the home. You never know who could potentially be watching your house. Burglars are more likely to skip a home that is clearly occupied. Leave a light on in the home at night or the TV to make it appear that someone is still awake. Set your porch light to a timer or install motion lights in the yard.

  1. Discreetly Dispose

Dispose of your trash wisely. Boxes of expensive items should not be put to the curb or in the trash. Some burglars could look through the trash. These boxes will show that there are things of value within the home. Valuable items will make your home more of a target and could potentially capture someone’s interest.

Keeping your home safe can be simple if you add it into your routine. Setting an alarm, locking doors, not posting about trips, and so much more are ways to protect your home daily. Your family’s safety is priceless and your home should always be a safe escape.