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Home Break-ins—One of the Most Difficult Crimes to Solve—Are on the Rise

Burglary Boom

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They call it "doing a lick." Two young men strode up to a Burien apartment on November 11, 2008, knocked on the front door, and waited. King County Superior Court records say a tenant inside the unit looked out the peephole, saw the two teens, decided they "looked rough," and didn't open the door. Minutes later, the tenant heard the screen being pulled off his window and spotted a Nike-wearing teenager coming foot-first into his kitchen. When the teens realized someone was home, they took off running. Police picked them up later that afternoon.

In January, one of those burglars pleaded guilty to the break-in and was given a sentence of 15 to 36 weeks. Instead of serving time, the teenager was given a suspended sentence on the condition that he complete a drug-rehabilitation program at the Daybreak treatment center in Spokane. By March 17, the teenager had been "terminated" from Daybreak for not following treatment rules. Eight days later, he was caught breaking into another home in Burien. Court records say he told the arresting officer he'd already broken into the home once before. He's already racked up five convictions for burglary, two for theft, and one for auto theft since 2006, prosecutors say.

Burglaries—defined as breaking into a home or business—are on the rise all over King County. According to Seattle Police Department records, burglaries are up 10 percent in the first four months of 2009. In Seattle, the North Precinct and Southwest Precinct are being hit hardest. In West Seattle, there were 231 burglaries in the first four months of 2008 and 344 in the first four months of 2009—nearly a 50 percent increase. Documents provided by the King County Prosecutor's Office show burglary cases were up nearly 18 percent in Bellevue, almost 21 percent in Des Moines, and 25 percent in Tukwila in 2008 over the previous year. (Numbers from the county for 2009 aren't available yet.)

What are police and prosecutors doing about it? The last time local authorities dealt with such a surge in property-related crimes, it was auto theft. King County prosecutors and police responded by tracking and aggressively prosecuting car thieves. Prosecutors worked to "stack" cases—slapping thieves with multiple counts—to push for maximum sentences of about six years. The plan apparently worked: According to the King County Prosecutor's Office, reported auto thefts in the county have plummeted from 17,500 in 2005 to 7,955 in 2008.

Prosecutors are taking a similar tack when it comes to burglaries. In the last month, prosecutors met with burglary detectives from all over the county and assembled a most-wanted list of the 20 most prolific burglars in the region. Prosecutors hope to compile larger cases against repeat burglars to stack sentences and put them away for longer, hoping that tougher sentences will deter criminals.

"A very small number of offenders are responsible for the vast majority of burglaries," says King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg, who estimates that about 150 people are responsible for the majority of the 15,565 reported burglaries in the county in 2008. "If we get longer sentences, when they're in prison they can't break into your house." Satterberg says of those 15,565 burglaries, prosecutors only filed 675 cases. Prosecutors say that's how many cases were solved by detectives. "It's hard to catch [burglars]," he says. "And it hasn't always been the top priority for law enforcement." Naturally, prosecutors can't file charges unless they've got someone to charge.

In addition to the most-wanted list, Satterberg says the county is planning to compile a list of repeat juvenile offenders in the hopes of combating the typically light sentences given to young offenders. "Frankly, we don't get much result in Juvenile Court for burglaries," Satterberg says. "I think sometimes we do a disservice to kids who go through Juvenile Court by not doing much to them or for them while they're there. We don't send the right message." For instance, the teenager sent to drug treatment in Spokane was a repeat offender. Still, he was able to leave the facility, head back to Burien, and return to breaking into homes. While Satterberg seems to think longer jail sentences might make burglars think twice before making off with your plasma TV, after serving six years of prison time, job prospects can be limited. So what's to keep a burglar from going back to what he knows how to do best? Satterberg seemed stumped when asked if locking up burglars, juvenile or otherwise, for longer sentences is really going to fix the problem. "Will we turn them all into taxpayers? I don't know," he said.

It's a complex crime for law enforcement, and if you're one of those people who has been burglarized—especially if it's happened more than once—it can be frustrating and heartbreaking. The first time a burglar broke into Eli Anderson's Central District home in mid-June, Anderson says he spotted a teenage kid walking up the stairs to his house. When the kid realized Anderson was home, he took off running. Anderson didn't think much of it until an hour later he noticed the lights were on in his room and he was missing a small amount of cash and a laptop. It was late and the kid didn't really get anything of value, Anderson says, so he didn't bother to call the cops. Two weeks later, on June 27, someone broke in again. "I know that right now I feel really hurt and bitter about it," Anderson said, about a week afterward. "I'm considering moving out of the neighborhood." This time, they made off with three laptops, $800 in rent money, and thousands of dollars worth of photography equipment. That, Anderson says, stung the most. "Some of the expensive stuff, that hurt," he says. "But they also stole a camera my grandfather gave me before he passed away."

Anderson called the police, and his landlord installed bars on the house's windows. That didn't turn out to be much of a deterrent. On July 3, Anderson says, another burglar just walked through his front door while he was home. His dog scared the intruder off, but it was yet another unsettling example of the increasing brazenness of burglars in Seattle.

Anderson is not the only person in his neighborhood to be hit multiple times by burglars in a short span. One of his friends, Duncan Autrey, has been burgled twice in the last three months. After Autrey's laptop was stolen during a burglary in April, he purchased a new one and started hiding it whenever he would leave the house. One morning before work, he left it under a couch cushion. When he got home, the couch had been upturned and the new laptop was gone. Autrey and Anderson are now discussing forming a community group to discuss and deal with the effects of burglaries, which they refer to as the "Central Area Restorative Justice Project."

Police are often at a loss when it comes to dealing with burglary. According to a department source familiar with burglary investigations, the internet, particularly Craigslist, has made it difficult to track down stolen property. "You used to go to the swap meets and stake those out," the source says. "Craigslist is the great swap meet of the world. They're so hard for us to get information [from]."

According to the source, burglars don't use lock picks or other special tools. "They'll kick in the door, break a window. Burglars used to have burglar tools. Now they're not sophisticated." Often, the source says, neighbors hear the sounds of shattering glass or splintering wood when a break-in occurs, but they don't bother to call police. "Maybe 50, 60, 70 percent of the time, when people witness it, they don't want to call 911," the source says. He doesn't understand it.

According to East Precinct operations lieutenant Sean O'Donnell, if burglary victims are unable to provide serial numbers for stolen items, police have trouble following up on them. And how many people write down the serial numbers for all the things they own? "We're going to focus on the cases that have information, so that we can better follow up on them," he says. Lieutenant O'Donnell says that detectives frequently have to inactivate cases they just don't have enough information to pursue. If there are no fingerprints or serial numbers available for a burglary case, detectives have almost nothing to go on. recommended

 

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Not locking a criminal up because you don't want to kill his job prospects is kind of stupid given that most of the criminals you let go... are simply going to continue stealing shit and pawning it for money. Give an amoral criminal a choice between working for a shit wage... and stealing shit for free then pocketing the money, and it's pretty clear what virtually all of them are going to choose.

There's no real utility to being lenient out of protecting the job prospects of the ~150 criminals responsible for most of the 15,000+ burglaries because, as things stand, they're not going to put said prospects to use in a way that will stop them from stealing... if they don't just continue to steal shit for a living entirely.

At least by locking them up, you send a message and offer some sort of real chance that you'll reform the damaged mindset of a thief. And given recent implementation of state and Federal work opportunity credits for businesses that hire (among others) past felons, getting a job out of the can isn't the near-impossible task it was a few years ago.
Posted by Gomez http://misterstevengomez.com on July 15, 2009 at 1:36 PM · Report this
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@1...I was going to comment on the same stupid quote in the article but see you beat me to it. Nicely stated.
Posted by Justy on July 15, 2009 at 2:24 PM · Report this
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"On July 3, Anderson says, another burglar just walked through his front door while he was home."

WTF? Does this guy Anderson not have any locks on his door?
Posted by joeblow on July 15, 2009 at 3:06 PM · Report this
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I have to take issue with "Burglars used to have burglar tools. Now they're not sophisticated." When I was training to be a locksmith a decade ago, we were shown statistics about break-in methods and even then it didn't involve picking locks or complicated scheme. While this may have been to prevent us from using our newly-acquired powers for evil, they did have numbers to back them up.
Posted by Tyler Pierce on July 15, 2009 at 3:29 PM · Report this
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@3. He was at home. Nothing was stolen, because he was at home. Do you really lock your doors right after you walk through them?
Posted by Garth B on July 15, 2009 at 4:01 PM · Report this
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@5. YES!
Posted by Jaime on July 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM · Report this
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@5. YES!
Posted by Jaime on July 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM · Report this
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@5. YES!
Posted by Jaime on July 15, 2009 at 4:46 PM · Report this
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@5 Jesus, I would be locking my doors right after I walked through them if I had been robbed twice. And the article says that the first time he was robbed he was also at home.

I agree with comment 3, wtf is up with Anderson's doors? Maybe the landlord should have installed bars on the house's doors too.
Posted by Rodger Roo on July 15, 2009 at 4:59 PM · Report this
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I was downstairs at the time. I have housemates. One of them left the door unlocked as they were leaving the house. I assume they thought it was okay since I was home with the dog. Dog heard intruder, ran upstairs, and chased them out of the house.

And we actually did not have bars installed. We've talked about it, but it hasn't happened yet.
Posted by Anderson on July 15, 2009 at 5:51 PM · Report this
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I always lock the door behind me when I come home. That's out of habit from growing up in a high-crime city like Vegas, though.
Posted by Gomez http://misterstevengomez.com on July 16, 2009 at 12:05 AM · Report this
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@5 Are you insane? Of course I lock my doors. Being female, I'd like to avoid being raped in my home (or anywhere else for that matter).

Incidentally, someone once told me that most break-ins occur when people leave their front doors unlocked. That happened to me once. I was living w/ a housemate who had a friend who thought locks invited bad energy (nope, I'm not kidding). This guy stayed w/ us briefly. I would always lock the door when I left and while I was home. If he knocked on the door after I was in bed, I wouldn't let him in (that happened once at 2 in the morning). I had to go out of town for my job for a few days. While I was gone, he left the door unlocked and my housemate's television and VCR were stolen. I was lucky. I didn't really own anything but clothes and guitar and they were left alone.

Always, always, lock your doors.
Posted by know-it-all on July 16, 2009 at 8:01 AM · Report this
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It's particularly difficult to catch burglars when you devote large amounts of your scarce resources to investigation of victimless crimes like gambling, prostitution, and possession of prohibited substances. Catching burglars, however, doesn't provide police with the opportunity to spend time in strip clubs, show off their paramilitary SWAT team gear, or to drive fancy cars taken via forfeiture from people before they've had their day in court.
Posted by Phil M http://https://twitter.com/pmocek on July 16, 2009 at 10:29 AM · Report this
ajdl 14
@1 I can't even begin to express how much I disagree with everything you said in your comment, except to say that your use of a word like "amoral" speaks for itself. You really think people just commit crime because they're amoral assholes? Really? Have you ever looked at a statistic? Ever? You really think lower-income people commit petty crimes more because they're more immoral, and not because of a higher need/smaller pool of 'legitimate' life choices?

Just think about this for a moment--if putting people in jail is the best way to stop crime, then why does the US, which puts more people in jail than any other first world country, have such a fucking terrible crime rate?
Posted by ajdl http:// on July 16, 2009 at 2:24 PM · Report this
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Let's answer your questions in order.

Of course not. Really. Yes. Uh, yes. Both (and you don't recognize the difference between immoral and amoral). And, among a variety of other reasons, because they let criminals off far more easily than the justice systems of other nations.

And finally, because you couldn't tell the difference... immoral is a label for an action that violates the speaker's moral code... while amoral is the absence of awareness or regard for moral codes.
Posted by Gomez http://misterstevengomez.com on July 16, 2009 at 3:21 PM · Report this
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"You really think people just commit crime because they're amoral assholes?"

I can't speak for all crimes. Obviously some of them are more harmless than others. But as a person who has recently woken up to a burglar in my bedroom, I can definitely say that 'petty crime' does not extend to burglary. Luckily he was scared and presumably unarmed, but if he wasn't, what would I have done (while naked, drowsy, and confused as hell)?

Most fights you can walk away from if you want, but someone in your bedroom can't be dealt with passively.

He was actually stupid for being unarmed, since if I had caught him, I would have tried to kill him out of sheer fright/shock from seeing him in my room.

Considering the response (to the perceived threat it creates) from people who catch burglars in their home, I consider burglary to be no less harmful than pulling a knife or a gun on someone. And given that they obviously have no respect or consideration for the well-being of those they are victimizing, what would stop them from taking the opportunity to kill or rape the person they are intruding upon, as happened on Capitol Hill last week?

Admittedly 'petty crime' like theft is one thing, but intruding into someone's home to commit that crime takes it to a completely new level. Burglars should be mandatorily jailed once convicted of the crime. Without a doubt.
Posted by You you you you on July 16, 2009 at 3:29 PM · Report this
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Come and burgle my house...you'll get a nice surprise. A hollow point right between the eyes. Won't be burgling anymore.
Posted by tommyknocker on July 16, 2009 at 5:03 PM · Report this
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I wish the cops would investigate why Nick Licata and Peter Steinbreuk were gambling in the speakeasy Cafe Corsair....... why did the SPD brass cover that up??? Jesse Isreal.... you listening?
Posted by Bung Burglar on July 16, 2009 at 7:08 PM · Report this
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And people wonder why a lot of us like the 2nd Amendment.
Posted by Zoroastronomer on July 17, 2009 at 12:44 PM · Report this
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#17, since when is burglary a capital offense? Yeah, it's crappy that people do this, but they don't deserve to die just because of it. I wonder what the law of Washington State is for this? Do you get to kill someone just because they broke into your house? I'm guessing you have to be under immediate threat of serious harm first, like if they're carrying a gun or knife.
Posted by Seattle Mike on July 17, 2009 at 2:51 PM · Report this
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I always lock my door right after I walk through it. I grew up in a "city".
Posted by tiktok on July 17, 2009 at 3:35 PM · Report this
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1. It's your responsiblity to protect yourself from home invasion. Locks, window bars, loud/big dogs (to alert and deter rather than attack), fences, all that will help deter burglars - though it is only a deterrent. Some people keep themselves armed to stop a threat. The chick chock of a shotgun is a very effective deterrant - if you are home. If not, your guns are just one more thing to steal...

2. Get RENTERS INSURANCE (or homeowners) to replace stolen property. Mine is $12 a month - it also covers anything stolen from inside your car.

3. There are fewer police officers working the area you live in than you think. For example, there are 5 at a time working West Seattle - including ALL of West Seattle, Delrige, and South Park. It is pretty unlikely that they are going to happen upon a robbery in progress on their own, so:

4. CALL 911 to report crime. Yes, 911 is for emergencies. Reporting a crime or suspicious activity IS AN EMERGENCY. The only way to get added patrols or police attention in your area is if the police can identify a trend. If there are many breakins or items going missing from yards or any issue police should help with - the ONLY way they know about it is if we tell them. SPD can increase their activity only based on 911 statistics (and police reports) - the non-emergency line information does not count.

But no one wants to call the police and be wrong, right? So get to know your neighbors enough to know the difference between their weird activity and suspicious activity that should be reported to 911. And if the 911 operator says they will be sending a police officer to talk to you in person - meet the officers outside and you won't have to worry about forgetting to stash the bong.

5. As for the criminal justice system and jail space and all those issues - IMO it all boils down to that our societal solution to problems is drugs. Feeling bad? Prozac or pot. Kids aren't behaving in school? Ritalin. Tough day at work? Just have a drink. No wonder people turn to drugs to help them along when things get tough, we've been teaching that there is a pill or bottle or drug to fix every problem.
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Posted by sammielu on July 17, 2009 at 4:32 PM · Report this
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It's all good advice, Sammie. One of the problems with counting on a 911 call to help you is that SPD typically does nothing about break-ins and robberies unless someone was assaulted or killed, and even then their chances of nabbing the perpetrator, when they're actually trying to catch him, are dim at best.

I mean, sure, call them after a robbery, I guess. But it won't produce any results 99 times out of 100, and that 100th time only applies if someone happened to see and recognize the person in question during the act.
Posted by Gomez http://misterstevengomez.com on July 18, 2009 at 12:18 AM · Report this
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#22: only five at a time working all of west seattle? i find that hard to believe since i can hardly drive down delridge to the gas station without seeing at least five. agree with you on renter's insurance though. everyone should have it for the price...
Posted by devon rocketship http://swimtothemoon.livejournal.com on July 18, 2009 at 12:07 PM · Report this
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I always, always lock my doors, and grew up in a small central WA town. The biggest city I've ever lived in is Bellingham, and now I live in a town 1/30th the size of Bham, and there are plenty of burglaries here. Scary. And to #20 - an intruder in my home would definitely be inviting a similar outcome to an intruder in #17's home. Anyone with the insane, fearless disregard of others it must take to carry out a burglary/robbery I'm going to assume is also armed and/or a terrible physical threat to his/her victims.
Posted by small town housewife on July 18, 2009 at 11:05 PM · Report this
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@25

I would almost bet that small towns are statistically more dangerous than big cities. My totally hypothetical guess is that the the drug problems, particularly meth and drunk driving, are oversized compared to the small population. This is in addition to the much higher rate of fatalities on the roads in and around small towns.

I used to live near and work in a Northern California town of 30,000 (not that small, I guess) and that place was fucked up. Of course, I was dismayed and not surprised (as a bicyclist) to learn that its streets were the most deadly in all of California. I felt more uncomfortable walking there at night than I do in Seattle.
Posted by emor on July 19, 2009 at 3:29 PM · Report this
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I did some recent calculations and there are approximately 1 police office for every 400 people in Seattle vs. 1 for every 200 people in New York. I did call the police recently in the middle of the night when someone was trying to break in the door of the house across the street. The police came, talked to the people and sent them on their way!
Posted by iBear http:// on July 19, 2009 at 5:33 PM · Report this
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@26

I think you are entirely correct in your assessment of small towns (wherever they are; mine is in eastern WA). I am one of the rare liberal, young, educated (B.A. from WWU) who is also a gun-toting, first and second amendment supporting believer in locked doors and believer in the depthless barbarity of criminals who prey upon other people in their own homes. Sometimes I get that twinge from my totally liberal upbringing and past that my fears are just irrational insecurities disguised as rational fears, but then I keep reading the news. Fear is a bad thing if it keeps you from doing what you want, but if it simply compels one to lock the doors and be vigilant, I have no conflict with it. BTW, I also have no conflict with being an almost radical liberal who still thinks private citizens should have the right to bear arms.
And #26, I believe you are correct that meth and drunk driving are the larger of the crime problems in my town. As far as burglaries go, the profile of the offenders has been white males ages 20 to 40, knocking on doors as a way to case a joint, and going from there. There has also been a meth problem here (similar to everywhere in rural/semi-rural WA so I tend to correlate the local burglaries with meth problems and the like.)
Posted by small town housewife on July 20, 2009 at 1:21 AM · Report this
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My apartment was broken into just two weeks ago. The people who broke in left a water bottle on my couch.

Hey, if you read this and want your water bottle back ... let me know and we can arrange a pickup time.
Posted by Krz on July 20, 2009 at 6:33 PM · Report this
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someone once told me that most break-ins occur when people leave their front doors unlocked.
Posted by magnetmaterialyl on July 20, 2009 at 11:16 PM · Report this
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I was robbed, truck stolen (they took *all* of my keys sitting in a drawer, then put my TV + other stuff in the truck, wrecked it, ...)

Long story short, they came back to steal my other car, I caught the mothers, got their names (stoopid teenage fuckwads), gave all of the information to the police, got a couple of other witnesses... Open and shut case, right?

Nope. Nothing at all happened. The detective never even talked to them. The series of breakins in my neighborhood continued. Next time, I'm handling it with a baseball bat.

Moved away, but I'll be visiting these guys someday I'm back in Shitattle.
Posted by goeast on July 21, 2009 at 12:26 AM · Report this
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I own a Dogue de Bordeaux and a gun. Any of those motherfuckers try to break in and violate my home will get quite a surprise.
Posted by Hybrid Vigor on July 21, 2009 at 6:23 AM · Report this
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@20 - It isn't but I'm not going to sit here and pretend someone would miss these people if they died committing a crime.

Also, a simple "I saw him reach for a gun" will clear up any legal situations that would arise from putting two in his chest.
Posted by JF on July 21, 2009 at 8:12 AM · Report this
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Gomez,Vegas a high crime city?Youse know the "boys" didn't let crime happen in Vegas.Crime would scare off the rubes and keep 'em from coming back to gamble again.
Posted by Johngray on July 21, 2009 at 11:02 AM · Report this
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I'm trying not to roll my eyes, Gomez, on your disingenuous reading of the article. The goal, from King Co Prosecutor Satterburg is to turn the criminals into law-abiding taxpayers. This is a very different goal than to punish, which seems to be your desire. Punishment as an end, and not a means, has proven, time and again throughout history, to be not only useless, but helps to degenerate the society which practices it.

Another proven truth is that the age of the individual is the major factor in their capacity to be rehabilitated. Older criminals tend to stay that way (and just get better at it) while younger criminals have a much higher rate of becoming law-abiding taxpayers.

People who are completely amoral are extremely rare, and there are psychological terms for this disorder. Most people just do what they're used to. Kids haven't developed these habits, so they are easier to change. I didn't read from the article anywhere that the criminal justice system is interested in removing punishment from the menu of possibilities of caught criminals. I certainly don't advocate it. It's a carrot-and-stick argument over how much carrot and how much stick, not an either-or argument.

There's actually another aspect of this issue, which is the actions of the police. I have no idea what they do all day, but they seem to occupy their time on things that aren't running down burglary. One of the most telling parts of the article was how they responded to car theft. The rates of car theft jumped, they responded, they went back down again. Why aren't these practices part of their daily routine? Why does it take all these victims to gather before the cops start doing what they're paid to do? I think an article on the psychology of people who become cops would be a good read.
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Posted by Gray on July 21, 2009 at 12:24 PM · Report this
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BTW here's a simple tip for people especially the single ladies. Install a turn internal dead bolt on your bedroom door. Now you don't have to wake up to some douche bag standing over you.
Posted by Hybrid Vigor on July 21, 2009 at 12:40 PM · Report this
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Turning into taxpayers: ages up to 18

Punish for being an idiot: 18+
Posted by zwen on July 21, 2009 at 9:03 PM · Report this
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@28:

cool. looks like there's two of us in seattle. :)
Posted by locked and loaded, excercising restraint on July 22, 2009 at 12:06 AM · Report this
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@1: Bravo, Gomez! I couldn't have put it better, myself!
And, although this pains me to say this, after growing up in an era when most people left front and back doors unlocked, windows open, and carkeys in their ignitions (!!), I agree with know-it-all: lock your doors, people!
Better safe than sorry....
Posted by wileEcoyote on July 22, 2009 at 4:52 AM · Report this
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People who break into other people's houses with the intent of stealing shit either don't know it's wrong or don't care. That is "AMORAL."
Posted by I don't remember on July 22, 2009 at 11:06 AM · Report this
aja 41
Leaving your door unlocked, while it might be unwise, is not an open invitation to invasion. It does not make the act any less criminal, or the victim any less entitled to their trauma. Stop being so goddamned judgmental.
Posted by aja http://anyways.us on July 23, 2009 at 4:44 PM · Report this
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I had some very expensive gear stolen from my garage a few months ago. If was stuff I use for business so I had all the serial nums. A pawn shop alerted me when they bought it all from the guy for a hundred bucks. So I reported it to the police, along with the info collected by the pawnshop: his name, soc. sec. num, address, they even had a copy of his driver's license and video of him. The officer at the front desk at the East Precinct was actually angry at me for trying to report it - takes too long to enter it into their f'd up computer system, he said. Plus, I assume, it would just never amount to anything. Weird.
Posted by Dudewhogotthieved on July 24, 2009 at 7:29 AM · Report this
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Why did Eli Anderson get burgled repeatedly? NO REPERCUSSIONS! A person's home is a sacred thing. How about this: Funded by the Homeland Security department, shotguns for all homeowners (and no, I don't support the NRA).
And OF COURSE lock your damn doors even when you're home. That way if they're coming through, they probably deserve some lead.
Posted by whathahell on July 24, 2009 at 11:57 PM · Report this
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The worst mistake a criminal could make is to try and enter my apartment while I am home. I'm an insomniac, my brother sleeps lightly....and his wife has ultra-sonic hearing.

Add to that the fact that between my brother and I we have around 25 to 30 various swords,throwing knives,axes and spears....and we know how to use each and every one of them lethally.

BAD NEWS BEARS FOR THAT BURGLAR!

That being said....we still dead-bolt, doorknob lock, and chain lock our door when we go to sleep. And it is always locked at least with one of the locks when I am here and awake.........

Posted by Voice on July 26, 2009 at 5:04 AM · Report this
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As an afterthought to #20

If you enter my house un-welcomed....I don't give a fuck if you are waving a PANCAKE AT ME. You are fucking DONE.

I have enough knives to wipe one clean and replace that pancake.

And to reply to the very first part of the actual article it's not called "doing a lick"

It's called "hittin' a lick"

Haven't you listened to E-40?
Posted by Voice on July 26, 2009 at 5:25 AM · Report this
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to #20. You raise a valid point, a burglar may not DESERVE to die, he may legitimately be trying to feed his family.

But then again, base jumpers don't deserve to die either. Some activities just carry that risk...
Posted by whathahell on July 27, 2009 at 2:59 AM · Report this
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My home was broken into recently: the guy took the stuff straight to the local pawn shop. The cops know who did it (from correlating the serial numbers on the stolen property database), but the detective can't arrest him "because we need two people to make an arrest, and my backup is on vacation - we're so short of resources"

Funny that, they never seem to be short of resources when I make my 11 mile commute up I-5: quite the opposite, in fact. If the cops went after burglars instead of motorists they might be bit more popular, but I guess there's no money to be made by chasing out-of-work meth-heads.

I'm a peaceful person but I find myself siding with the gun owners and baseball bat wielders in here. Kill/hurt/maim the scumbags.... be sure to give them one in the kneecaps from me.
Posted by Cynical in Seattle on August 16, 2009 at 2:53 AM · Report this

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