So, apparently crime in the "happy village" of Fallbrook has risen 27% since this time last year. In my head that means that this year, about twelve bikes were stolen instead of nine. However, for others I know, it means their home was broken into and their safety compromised. Things have been pretty bad here since the fires, but I didn't know they had sunk so low. Apparently multiple homes in a gated community in town called Peppertree Park have been broken into, including the home of our friends the Holmans. So far, all the burglar has really stolen is cash but either way the stories of these break ins are unsettling. In one home, the thief crept in through the master bedroom's sliding screen door, snuck past the parents bed, over a child asleep on the floor and into the home. In the Holmans' case he crept in through a kitchen window and searched most of the bottom floor of the home, including the garage and cars, before their dog finally noticed and started barking. Just think about it. How scary is that? It was so easy for the man to creep into their homes, their personal, private space. Imagine if he were vicious, or unhinged! I really think this man simply needs money to feed his family. He hasn't taken electronics, credit cards, or any other valuables, just cash. The economy is terrible at the moment and it's placing a lot of people in some pretty tight spots. I can't imagine what it would be like to be an illegal alien who no longer has any day labor and has to feed six children a wife and probably some in laws. I know my family has been a pretty tight spot for sometime; what must their life be like?
All in all, I just want to take a moment to be grateful for the roof over my head, the food in my fridge and the secure job that I have. I have a family who loves me and honest parents who do an honest day's labor to provide for us. Luckily, our mounting money troubles are only bringing us closer together. Sure things get stressful and, some days, my aunt and uncle are on pins and needles, but we're all pulling together to get us by.
I hope whoever is breaking into these homes steers clear of our gated community and realizes there are better ways to meet their needs. I pray that something comes along for him before someone gets hurt.
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