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11-01-2004, 10:44 AM
This is a true incident but unreported. I was in my son's school one afternoon and met another mother there. It was then 1pm in the afternoon and this lady related the following:

It was 12.30pm and she was about to send her son to school. Her house gate was opened, ready for the car to go out and her son was still tying his shoe-laces. Sudden;y two men rushed in and one pulled out a samurai sword and held it against her son. The result, the house was ransacked for jewellery and currencies.
This incident happened in USJ6. The police were not called bcos she felt that basically nothing much can be done about it, it is another number in statistics.

The reason why I brought this up is, a lot of us, like this lady, have stayed in our houses for umpteen years without any untoward incident. Sometimes the sense of security sets in so deep that our awareness is lulled to sleep. After hearing what she related, I realised that many times, I have waited in my house compound with the kids playing in the garden, with the gates opened when it was about the time my husband would return from work.

Apart from that, most of us also are not very alert when leaving the house, or perhaps I speak for myself only. When we open the gates to leave for work in the early morning or when not many people are around, it is a necessity now to have a quick look at least, any new cars around our homes?

Cool Hand Luke
12-01-2004, 09:45 AM
This is no urban legend. I knew the lady who was robbed. Would somebody be able to post some safety measures and tips on getting in and out of our houses here? Thanks.

12-01-2004, 11:21 AM
ok, this suggestion is basic but involves some cash.

invest in an electric gate. I installed one when i moved in in 93 - not terribly expensive (under 2k i think it was) and it has served me perfectly since then. From my experience with this gate, the basic system is the best. There are a lot of different designs, which cost more - but i've heard they give trouble.

Get into your car, lock the doors, check that the area is clear, open the gate, drive out.

when coming back, check that area is clear, open the gate, drive in, close gate. leave a light on in the porch at night. minimise areas behind which intruders can hide. do not switch off engine or unlock doors until area verified clear AND the gate has closed.
Be prepared to make a quick exit if you see anyone in your compound.