Yes, there still are...I still lock my doors and windows, but a number of folks here don't. We KNOW our neighbors and crime rate here is pretty non-existent. Could have something to do with the fact we all carry guns...and aren't afraid to use them. Oh how I love country life!
When I lived in Japan, I never lock my doors, even when I came to the US on vacation for a month. I think I might have even left a window cracked. Japan doesn't have the American thievery mentality, so it was never a concern.
Why not lock your doors? It's not hard to do -- takes at most 5 seconds. Best of all if you win the bad-guy lottery and you hear the door rattling that'll give you time to arm yourself (or for the anti-gun crowd to call the police and wait).
Too many times the thieves come in through an unlocked door or window. We keep everything locked. It may only give a couple more seconds to get prepared but those seconds could mean the difference between your life and the criminals. I would rather hear them knocking down my door than have them standing in the room with me before I know they are there and no time to prepare. No reason to tempt fate or make yourself easy prey.
AwesomeTattooedDragon --- 21 min ago - quote - hide comments When I was a kid, we never locked anything- in the summer, we slept with just the screens to get some breeze- An alarm system? What was that? We played outside after dark to catch fireflys-?
Us too but would never do that now!
When I was a child, I shared a room with my little sister. Her bed was right next to the window and one night when we were sleeping with the windows open, she woke up to someone standing there peeping at her through the window, right next to her!...wonder what would have happened if she hadn't woken up? Probably nothing but still, enough to make us move our beds around, put furniture in front of the windows and keep the window shut at night from then on! I think my parents were crazy for letting us do that to begin with!
We kept our doors wide open all day but locked up at night. We had no air conditioning (can you imagine) and lived in south Texas!
Until I was in high school, we lived in a house in Oklahoma with only window air conditioners. We would open the windows at night and turn on the attic fan. I always slept with my head at the foot of the bed during the summer. We never locked our doors during the day, only at night.
While it's highly unlikely, almost nearly impossible intact, that this would happen to you or anyone you know, the story of Richard Chase will have you think twice before leaving your doors unlocked before you and your family go to bed...
he attempted to enter the home of a woman but, finding that her doors were locked, walked away; Chase later told detectives that he took locked doors as a sign that he was not welcome, but that unlocked doors were an invitation to come inside.
The rest of the story can be found from the Wikipedia link posted above. Don't read it if you're squeamish. (no crime scene photos on the link, but the description is pretty bad).
My sister lives in a "smallish" town and leaves her doors unlocked all the time, even when leaving to run errands. It makes me so uncomfortable! Granted, they live on a street where everyone knows each other and all of their business but still, it is a risk no matter where you live. It just takes one thief or crazy person.
Before moving to Kingwood we lived in an old house in Dallas that had an attic fan. In the spring and fall we always kept the windows open at night with the attic fan going. We did lock the front door though. We always lock the doors here in Kingwood and never open the windows because the AC is always on. My SIL lives in the woods in East Texas and she never locks anything. I've always had dogs and never really worried about someone breaking in while I'm at home and them not knowing it. They growl when they hear the neighbors drive up in their driveway. LOL
I grew up in a small town where we never locked anything.
When I moved to the big city, I came in late one night, didn't lock the door behind me (out of habit) and a strange man walked in about 5 mins later. Thankfully, I lived with my Dad and he chased the creeper out...and I learned a HUGE lesson the hard way. I always lock doors behind me now, no matter what.
I have super duper locks and reinforced doors to buy me time and overall I really don't want to shoot someone, let alone inside my house. Who cleans the mess up? And you have to disclose a violent death occurred in the house when you sell it.
I always spent summers at my grandparents' house where we never locked anything. But you know what? That tiny town still had a serial killer come through, and a different drug addict (also passing through) that murdered my grandmother's friend. I've never experienced any where CLOSE to that level of evil in the big cities!
I guess the thing is, they knew everyone and trusted them, but evil can still visit!