This happened a while ago and I figured I would post it up and see what you guys think you would have done.
First off, right now I live in a not-so-good neighborhood in a two story building. The first floor is all commercial units and the second floor has four apartments, with access to the second floor being in a parking lot behind the building, door leading straight to the stairs going up into a common hallway.
I pulled in and shut off my car, but sat there for a minute texting someone on my phone. I noticed someone walking through the parking lot towards the building and didn't recognize them. It's already dark out, just dim streetlights, and the person (subject?) was wearing jeans, hoodie with hood up and hands in pockets.
He made a bee-line straight for the first door on the backside of the building, (backdoor to empty commercial unit) stood in front of it for a second, then moved the second door (entrance to apartments.) He stood there for a second, then opened the door (neighbors constantly "forget" to lock the door) looked in, then closed it and moved on. He didn't seem skittish, acted like he knew exactly what he was doing. He never looked over his shoulder or anything. It was kind of eerie how calm he seemed for trying to break into a building. He continued on and stood in front of the third and fourth doors (commercial units) then walked back out to the alley and went back in the direction he came. He didn't seem skittish, acted like he knew exactly what he was doing. He never looked over his shoulder or anything. It was kind of eerie how calm he seemed for trying to break into a building.
STOP. How would you have reacted?
This is what I did.
I observed this all from my car, I was carrying, but decided to wait it out. No one was home (kids were at Mom's, and girlfriend was at work) so I didn't want to approach him unless he entered the building. If something were to have happened, and somehow I got injured, I'm not sure if my neighbors were home (no cars in parking lot, no lights on in building) so if I couldn't dial 911, I would be screwed. Once he walked away and out of sight, I got out of the car, checked my weapon, and peeked around the corner in time to see him stumble, and almost fall, then enter the backdoor of a bar down the alley.
I left it at that and walked back to the building, where I noticed all the doors were now wet, and smelled vaguely like a gas station rest room. I guess all the stalls were full at the bar.