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    My doors are never locked when I'm home & awake, not on purpose anyway. There are always too many kids running in & out. I love that we have "that house" where most of my daughter's friends can still come by and just walk in the door. The boys are still a little young, but my middle kid is starting high school in Sept and I think that will change. I love that my kids' friends are comfortable in my home and the door it literally always open for them.
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    we live in a gated golf/country club community.
    there are 660 homes here and we do have a residents protection program CAP.
    (Citizen Action Patrol)

    the problems that we have encountered are a very few of the resident's ne'er-do-well family members (adult children that have moved in with mommy and daddy) that seem to get into situations that impede on the rest of us here.
    house breaks for example. most of us now have alarm systems, and we do keep our doors locked when we are in or out.

    we have NOT had a situation here in years, that involved a crime from someone who lived outside the gate/walls.

    We, me too, are wanding off track a bit as we are supposed to be talking about aruba.

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    The past few years here we are getting more rentals than ever in my neighborhood and some just don't care.
    I always lock my doors even when we are home. You just never know. Just too many crazy people in this world.
    Do think it has to do with the increase of drugs that are available too..
    Not too long ago some teenage boys down the road order food and rob/beat the guy badly. Sad cause they were on drugs, the mother denied it but they had their address, and the smell of the food...
    Just don't understand why crime has to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aruba4ever View Post
    Thanks Walt. Do most of you stay in your house with the doors locked when at home? I will be honest, I don't even have a key to my house but I could certainly lock it from the inside. That is not to say I dont' ever lock it...I do when I am asleep or when in Aruba, but you guys may convince me otherwise, that and the crappy news downtown today, lol.
    We live right in the city but in a very quiet neighborhood and know most of our neighbors. In the spring/summer/fall when we're home and in the backyard our backdoor is always unlocked and opened up so it's just the storm door (which is also unlocked.) We are in and out of the house a lot during that time and always have as many meals as possible on our patio as long as the weather is good. Front door and front storm door are always both locked because it's just too far away to keep an eye on or hear anything when we're in the backyard. In the winter all of the doors are locked just out of habit.
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    People, I was a court reporter for 26 years, LOCK YOUR DOORs, whether you're home or out. I lock my storm door and front door when I'm home. If someone rings the bell, I still have a door as a buffer until I slam the front door if they are not good. I don't care if you live in the land of the rich or the land of the poor. Crime happens everywhere, it doesn't matter if you live in a "safe little town". there is no such animal. think about it, if you were a thief, would you steal from people in a poverty area or would you prefer to steal from people who might actually own something a thief could sell.

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    Here is my two cents....I agree with the concept and when leave I lock my doors. But when I am home I feel comfortable leaving them unlocked. I feel like the news does a great job scaring the crap out of us haha . How many people do you know? Then how many people do the people in your circle of influence know? How many people have you sat next to at a restaurant and listened to their conversation know? Now ask yourself... In all of my years of living how many first-hand people have I heard about who has been burglarized while they were home? Chances are not many, and even if we do know someone it's usually one person out of the crazy number of people we have come in contact with or our circle of influence has come in contact with. So be safe but in being safe just don't allow it to be an unrealistic fear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbatjc View Post
    In all of my years of living how many first-hand people have I heard about who has been burglarized while they were home? Chances are not many, and even if we do know someone it's usually one person out of the crazy number of people we have come in contact with or our circle of influence has come in contact with. So be safe but in being safe just don't allow it to be an unrealistic fear.
    I respectfully disagree. It happens more than anyone may think and more frequently than anyone may think. Just this week there was a report of a couple watching TV in their living room and a burglar was watching them from the inside balcony that overlooks their living room. There were several home invasions in the past month, all of them while the folks were at home. So I'm not off topic, I'm sure the same thing happens in Aruba.
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    you can be off topic here darlene on this thread....i pulled the non aruba door locking posts out of the "robbery" thread

    Quote Originally Posted by purpleangel View Post
    I respectfully disagree. It happens more than anyone may think and more frequently than anyone may think. Just this week there was a report of a couple watching TV in their living room and a burglar was watching them from the inside balcony that overlooks their living room. There were several home invasions in the past month, all of them while the folks were at home. So I'm not off topic, I'm sure the same thing happens in Aruba.

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    We lock at night and when at work.... but normally unlocked if we're home and I'll occasionally do a quick errand with doors unlocked......

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    If this makes any difference- We only use one door if/when we use the door and not the garage. Our other doors are typically locked and not for any specific reason other than we really don't use them except to go out back. We also have 2 large dogs that are downstairs so they "greet" us when we come home but may not welcoming to strangers, lol. You would know they were there prior to officially making it into my home. That is not the reason I keep my doors open but it would be a deterrent to many.
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