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Old October 2, 2010, 12:25 PM   #26
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I'm afraid

This is only the beginning, I'm sorry to say.
I'm familiar with this scenario. They'll move to vandalizing and theft, I'm pretty sure drugs are involved, so they won't stop by themselves.

-If you can afford it, get a PC, install webcamxp ( which records the movement around the house and upload the pics to a webserver for later review).

-Get yourself three or more of those $20.oo webcams and install the on the window, if the cameras have a red light the bad guys will know "they are on TV" the damage cannot be avoided, but you'll know who and when it was done.

-Get yourself a scary and loud dog, to keep the off your six as much as you can.

-Motion activated light are big help on this, you'll know when there is activity on your front and back yard, since the glow can be apreciated fron the inside most times.

-Have a plan of action, don't be afraid to discuss it with the children, set a fort where to fall back in the event of an emergency, behind your bed is a good place, when the count of heads is complete you can shoot the lifes off anything approaching at this point.

- make a police report as often as this happens, don't be afraid to "bother" the police, you'll have a record of harassment, and it'll help if the inevitable happens.

-By all means don't go after them, if you go to prison, you'll leave your loved ones, unprotected.

-By all means keep control of the situation, they'll try to lure you into their manipulation zone, where you are vulnerable, discover their game and call it. You don't have anything to prove to those trash bins at all.

_If you have to bake cookies and brownies for the leos to hang around your neighborhood , by all means do it.

- If you carry, never, never let them know, you'll blow your chance for a surprise, in fact you'll end up with a surprise on your side, remember they are not playing by the rules. By the way if they know you CC, they'll call the police and you're in trouble, it'll be easy for them to be credible since after all you carry your gun with you always.

Mind you this are preventive measures. This type of trash are basically lazy and if you persist and show backbone they'll move to something else eventually.

They have a basic disadvantage over you, they are not very intelligent they are just brash.

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Old October 2, 2010, 02:51 PM   #28
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Hi Pax - I don't think my question/reply was out of line. I have a count that I go through each and every time I leave the house (yes, I actually count how many of my must-carry items are on me) and a working phone is part of that count.

I carry a gun, a knife and a phone as part of that list. Many (read most) places I visit in NC do not allow a gun, some do not allow a knife but nearly all allow a phone. It should be part of our "arsenal", so imo, the first lesson to take from this is don't leave phone in the house. This becomes even more important if you are someplace where you feel you might need a gun.

Also, my answer did cover the "what if" that the OP gave, do not initiate conflict and do not even consider a deadly force option unless you legitimately feel that your life is threatened.

So, in order, I would have my phone, I would not aggress and I would use lethal force, provided the situation actually required it.

For what it's worth, I'm with the pizzakilla camp in that I read it to mean that they were not on his property. If they trespassed that I would also opt for "leave my property or I will call the police" and then I would retrieve my phone. If it's inside you can still get to it without losing sight of your would-be attackers and if they close on you then you escalate appropriately.
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Old October 2, 2010, 03:28 PM   #29
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Call the police if they actually come on your property . . . uninvited. This is what we pay taxes for folks. If you call them, they will come.

It's almost like there are some people looking for a reason to empty a magazine. I'm not saying to be ill-prepared. Always be ready to defend your self. Only if you feel threatened on your property after exhausting all other avenues should you take further action involving the possible use of deadly force. I mean, come on, I dont know about any of you but deep down I dont really want to shoot some one. Especially a young stupid kid that we all were at one time or another.

These threads about dogs and pits and angry punks and weedeaters really crack me up.
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Old October 2, 2010, 04:15 PM   #30
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.40 cal has the idea, . . . just kinda put one hand in the air as if you were a teacher calling for silence, . . . and announce "Hey, guys, . . . you're gonna have to excuse me for a while, . . . I've got to go call the police".

Then go do it.

And stay inside your house until the cops arrive.

The message isn't a taunt, . . . threat, . . . or escalation. It states unequivcally that you do not want trouble, . . . and will get a resolution to it.

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Old October 2, 2010, 04:54 PM   #31
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Hey, I watch cops. Showing police pictures on a camcorder really does help to establish who the aggressors are and who's telling it like it is.

And their reactions to being recorded will likely make it clear that they're being recorded with their full knowledge.

Before hand, I'd look into restraining order options which, I believe, prohibit vebal assaults from off your property.

Not for random incidents, but might be useful for continuous problem neighbors and wouldn't be without risk of some sort of retaliation. But doing anything at all to combat the problem would have risks.

Don't think I'd leave my yard to confront them and become a willing combatant in the eyes of the legal community should things escalate.
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Old October 2, 2010, 05:09 PM   #32
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If they forced a situation where I felt it necessary to draw - ...............

These two would set themselves up for a very bad day if they actually came on property and attempted an assault.
Some years back (Aug 1, 1995) there was an incident shown over and over again on various news networks. A neighborhood bully came on to a man's property in a very aggressive manner as the homeowner stood his ground.

The security camera caught it all. It's GRAPHIC, but if you carry a gun--watch it.

The property owner said NO, NO, NO. The bully saw the gun and said, "I don't give a S#@*&" and came up onto the porch and turned toward the home owner. That dialogue can't be heard very well on either video, but could on the original news versions.

The lower link is better quality. The first one is from the TFL in 2005. Or Google up--- Man Shoots Bully on His Porch; and you'll get lots of videos.

Old stuff, but considering the topic of this thread, it might be a good idea to revisit the incident.

As he reaches the porch and turns toward the homeowner there's four quick shots, and the bully was a bully no more, but rather writhing on the porch screaming in agony. Not a pleasant thing to watch.

The homeowner, no doubt in a highly aroused state, didn't help his case by taunting him.

Death was the result for the bully (with a neighborhood reputation to that effect) and I'm not sure if the home owner is out of prison yet.

I can't read minds, but I'll bet he-- on many a night in his prison cell, wished he'd called the police.

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Old October 2, 2010, 05:39 PM   #33
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I've had almost this very thing done to me. Differences were I had my cell on me and the wife was home as usual. (Doesn't drive) In my case I approached the punks and told them to get the H off my property or I'd call the police. Was told to F off. I immediately got out my cell and called my brother, but of course the punks didn't know that, and immediately moved off in a different direction hurling insults all the while. I had a pleasant conversation with my brother and then continued with my work. They didn't bother me again, they found out I had no reservations about protecting my property and wasn't afraid of them, and I didn't really have to bother the cops. The whole lot of losers that were living there were gone within 6 months.

Many other things have happened here along those lines, but this was what most matched the OP's situation.
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Old October 2, 2010, 07:22 PM   #34
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In '96 I had a kid come visit the church I was youth pastor in FL. He came back the next week and started talking smack. Surprisingly I told him my responsibility was the safety of these young men and women and if he was going to be an issue I would help him with his issue. He never came back.

Of course I was younger and in better shape. Might not be what people think of a Christian response but I thought of them as my kids.

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Old October 2, 2010, 08:21 PM   #35
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Go back inside the house and call the police. I'm only saying this because from what you described, it sounds as if these punks are retaliating for the first call to the police. These types of incidents need to be documented. You could easily establish a good witness intimidation case. Good luck.
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I think Dwight nailed it. No histronics. No emotion. Positive action.
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Old October 2, 2010, 09:57 PM   #37
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Tell them to leave, do not ask. I've noticed that sometimes body language is all you need. Square your shoulders, stand up straight and let them know they won't get to you. Make direct eye contact and hold it. I've used this before, but at 6'2" and 250 I can be intimidating when I want to. If they come onto your property tell them to leave or you will call the Police. If you feel the need to, go inside and do it, *if* you think you can do so safely, just don't turn your back. The next warning is a low-ready stance.

I know what you mean about not having your cell in your pocket while doing yard work. In FL I get pretty sweaty out there in the sun, sometimes it soaks right through my pocket. I don't want my $600 Palm getting all sweaty. I usually won't have it in my pocket but always near at hand. I would not, however, call the PD in front of these people, that would mean taking your eyes off of a possibly active threat. And we all know how fast things can happen...

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Old October 2, 2010, 10:14 PM   #38
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Similar Situation? Taunting tresspasser advances-or just taunt and/or threaten?

Similar Situation? Taunting tresspasser advances-or just taunt and/or threaten?

I was curious about the August 1 1995 shooting that Nnobby45 mentioned. After a LOT of clicking, I found this article from Cincinnati Magazine. Scroll down to page 90.
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There is also a lesson to be learned about the ignorance of reporters (and, by extension, the general public and potential jury pool), as the writer describes a Cole's gun as a blowback operated, fully automatic firearm. Makes me suspect Yellow Journalism. Take with a grain of salt.

What I do believe from the article is that the shooter, Charles Cole was 5' 9" and 120 lbs and at least 40 years old, probably more. The Shooting victim, Charles "Kevin" Blankenship was 24 years, 175 lbs and also 5' 9" and worked out a lot.

Street posturing and arguing beforehand escalated. The two men had not met before. Kevin exclaimed, "F--- you and your gun. I've got something that will take care of all of you." Then advanced on Charlie, coming up the steps of Charlie's porch. Three steps, halfway up the stairs, saying "Use it, Bro, use it.", dropping his hands from their previously upraised position and taking a fourth step. I will guess less than 10 feet separate you (judging from the pictures).

What tactics would you employ at this point?

Trespasser, 50 lbs of muscle heavier and 20 years younger, advancing on you, unafraid of your drawn and ready gun.

Four shots, tresspasser less than a minute of life remaining. Then Charlie makes HIS error. He yells at the dying man. Got 18 to life.

This case demonstrate that "tactics" are not limited to the confrontation. Charles Cole found that he made tactical errors with regard to his decisions to call the police (or not call), apparantly not get proper training, practice and maintain proper mind-set.

He also apparently made a serious tactical error in his choice of lawyer (Attorney Kenneth L. Lawson's bio in a Cincinnatti Enquirer story
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Old October 2, 2010, 10:23 PM   #39
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I can't read minds, but I'll bet he-- on many a night in his prison cell, wished he'd called the police.
Wow, pretty graphic, i have a few questions. (no preconceived notions just serious questions). I know you're not an attorney (right?) and what if's can be done until the sky falls but here goes,

-Do you think the outcome for the homeowner would have been different WITHOUT the video? His word against a dead man's word?
-What if he had waited for the guy to get closer, say arms reach? would it have mattered?
-What if everything stayed the same (video, distance, etc.) BUT without the taunting and "do you want more, i killed ya" post shooting?
-Had he tried to help the guy -roll to side/chest pumps and call 911 immediately (as in he didnt want him dead just protecting his life that he felt was in immediate danger) would that have helped his case?

Personally, in THAT situation, I would have out the gun away, and fought with him-right or wrong.
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Walking away does not show weakness.

Wisdom from the Sauce/Cheese consumer. I add running to that scenario.

The problem with these scenarios is that there's always 100 ways to avoid them before you ever get to the scenario condition.
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Personally, in THAT situation, I would have out the gun away, and fought with him-right or wrong.
Lost Sheep, thanks for the reference.

Well, if you "had out the gun" and you fought with him, what kind of fight did you have in mind? Fighting to see who ended up with the gun?

I remember Geraldo Rivera (before he went to Fox News) pointing out that he could have retreated inside his house and deadly force would have been legal had the bully entered (or tried to?).

IMO, a good attorney could have made an excellent case justifying shooting in order to keep from being disarmed. But he didn't have a good attorney, and he played a part in escalating hostilities-- and there was the taunting graphically shown on video.

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I inform them that I am going inside to call the cops, and then I do so.

Why does the internet seem so eager to start busting caps all the time?
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I most cases such idiots want the attention first and foremost so ignore them. Give them ZERO attention. This could however go the other direction and get them aggravated sense they wouldn't get attention. In that case, it's when things get worse. Before escalating things more (a firearm will do this) head for the house.

I'd question phone?
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Eagerness to bust caps...

... can seem pretty widespread on the internet.

I'm not eager to bust caps. I prefer de-escalation where possible.

However, given a pair of bullies, already on my yard, and already closed to 10-15 feet while mouthing threats, I'm not so sure simply walking away would be advisable or even possible.

Having dealth with human bullies and aggressive dogs, I feel much safer facing them than turning my back on them, or even letting them think I'm turning my back on them.

With both human bullies and aggressive animals, it can be deadly to let them think you've turned tail.

This isn't about chest thumping, it's just observation from firsthand experience. I used to be one of those guys who felt one could reason with anybody, or walk away from anything.

There's more than one reason I got into wrestling in school, and martial arts as an adult. Some of those reasons have to do with bullies who didn't believe in letting people walk away.

Given your average pair of bullies, I think that even without a gun I might be an unpleasant surprise for them; I would still be very uncomfortable about turning my back.

This is why I'd tend toward verbally warning them, and trying to back them down with body language while letting them know the cops would be called out again.
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I inform them that I am going inside to call the cops, and then I do so.

Why does the internet seem so eager to start busting caps all the time?
Quite so.

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