Thursday, January 3rd 2013
Fighting Crime with Hot Pink

So… I shoulda known.

I mean… really. The first time someone scared me to pieces by knocking loudly on my front door late at night, I froze. Wondered what that was about. Didn’t answer. Considered convenient weapons.

And then… it just kept happening. Not a lot. But too much.

Late at night on weekends. Loud knocking.

Often, there wasn’t knocking, but I had the really icky feeling that someone was outside, THINKING about knocking. (Yes, that’s a totally legit Icky Feeling. The Someone Is Thinking About Knocking Icky Feeling. If you haven’t had it, then you don’t know. But trust me. It’s often reinforced by normally apathetic dogs looking at the door expectantly EXACTLY when you have that feeling. Total dog confirmation stuff.)

Then there was New Year’s Eve. And there was traffic at my doorstep. Traffic, asking for Jose.

And that’s how you FINALLY realize that you have moved into a drug dealer’s old house and there ARE lots of potential customers hanging around, watching, scoping, lurking, and sometimes knocking.  Men, older than me, looking all desperate and skittish. Not exactly the sort of crowd you want constantly beating a path to your front door when you’re just trying to be thoroughly left alone to safely raise your kids.

My dad suggested I get a gun.

My neighbor confirmed my suspicions about the previous tenants and suggested she just “intercept” all of them for me.

Uh…? No. Thank you, but maybe that’s what we call a BAD idea, sweet little mama of two who need you to live and breathe. You just leave the bad guys alone, sweetie. (i just love her.)

I decided this could at least be HELPED by hot pink sticky notes. Two tiny hot pink sticky notes that now read: NO DRUGS HERE. JOSE MOVED.  I thought SHORT words might be helpful, given the demographic.

The hot pink notes are right below my square wreath that I haven’t yet removed. Real festive. No house says, “Merry Christmas and look elsewhere for drugs” more clearly than this one.

It’s working. I know, because I got the Icky Feeling of someone lurking on the porch earlier – confirmed by one cat AND one dog – and I can only assume they read the hot pink sticky notes  and left.

Ah, the power of the written word.

 

~hm

7 Comments on “Fighting Crime with Hot Pink”

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Geekwif
January 4th, 2013
5:41 am

Get a motion-activated light, or better yet, two – one for the front and one for the back. Sneaky people don’t like bright lights. I know – I used to live in an icky neighborhood.

Then, if you decide to get a gun, take your dad and try a few at a range to find out what you like, what fits right in your hands. Take a class for women on self-defense using guns. Then take it to the range and practice regularly so you feel comfortable with it.

And most of all, STAY SAFE! And never be afraid to call 911 if you feel you’re in danger.
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Jan
January 4th, 2013
8:55 am

Dang. I thought this was gonna be about that cool pistol with the hot pink handgrips that I just knew you were buying.
I highly recommend the Lady Smith and Wesson revolver. It’s narrow at the grip so it is easy to handle, very accurate, and the hand grips can be customized.
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Mother T
January 4th, 2013
9:26 am

I agree with Geekwif and Jan! The Lady Smith and Wesson is a great gun! Motion detector lights are a MUST! And encourage your dog to bark at unknown lurkers. It’s amazing what the sound of a dog barking from behind a closed door will do to change people’s minds about knocking!

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Mysti
January 4th, 2013
10:01 am

Yikes. I vote for the Glock 9mm myself, I found it fit better in my teeny hand. Whatever you decide on, be careful!

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Jeana
January 4th, 2013
1:30 pm

Did you finally get rid of the roaches? And what was in the mysterious amazon package, and who sent it? I’m on the edge of my seat here!

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melissa
January 5th, 2013
12:57 pm

shot gun, you don’t even have to know how to aim with one of those. Add an additional hot pink sticky that says you have an itchy trigger finger. Call the police and have them patrol (you can tell them you have coffee and donuts) heck you might even find a cute one you can — um I mean, you might have some luck scaring off the bad guys if they see cops all the time.

Good lord girl, you need a mean as piss dog that barks all the time.

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Sara
January 6th, 2013
12:04 am

Oh, Kelsey. I cannot say get a gun (they make me queasy), but please stay safe! Get a noisy dog! Motion activated lights. Whatever it takes. Praise God the safest place is still in Him. :)

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