But I live in a good neighborhood!
And to be fair, yes, yes I do. But good neighborhoods offer the illusion of security, without any increase in actual security. In fact, chances are, the robber’s job is even easier in a “good neighborhood,” for several reasons.
- People are more trusting. In my neighborhood, if there is a young man at my front door, chances are he’s there to sell stuff for a fundraiser or try to get me to buy a solar power unit for my roof. Normalcy bias is a real thing, and young men coming to my front door to do things like that is normal in my neighborhood. Home invasions? Not normal.
- Home invasions are more likely to occur where the payoff is higher. To a crook, there are two things that are more valuable than cash: Opiates and guns. Both can be found in large quantities inside of a typical suburban home.
- Lack of opposition. Guns and drugs are also available in large quantities inside of a fellow crook’s domicile, but those crooks tend to be darn protective of their possessions, and are ready, willing and able to protect their ill-gotten booty. The average American homeowner, on the other hand, thinks a “I dial .357” sign and an NRA sticker is a deterrent to a crook. In reality, those are “break into my house and steal my guns” signs.
There is no such thing as a “good neighborhood” where you can let down your guard. In my “good neighborhood,” alone, in the past three years, we’ve had three cars stolen, one underaged sex offender and one high school student suspended for making violent threats online, and countless reports of domestic abuse, theft, suspicious activity and the like.
Take a look at this video. What could you have done to prevent this from happening at your home, in your “good neighborhood,” and are you willing to take those steps? If not, why not?