Lesson Learned From Tragedy

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A recent fatal home invasion robbery in one of San Francisco's affluent neighborhoods taught me a valuable lesson about exercising good precaution when leaving and entering my home. Much of the tragic incident was captured on the victim's home surveillance cameras. Yes, cameras. The victim had installed multiple cameras outside and inside his house. After I watched how the victim and his wife were forced into their house at gunpoint, I was very alarmed and in disbelief. I see myself vulnerable too because whenever I walk to my house leading up to my front door, I don't look around and do a quick scan of my sides or back. I just walk to my door. In the video, you can see one suspect walking back and forth in front of their targeted house a couple of times, clearly casing the place. Once the gunman forced the couple inside their house, the victim tried to run upstairs and was shot by one of the suspects.

Another unbelievable thing that was shown in the video was one of the robbers went out of the house and walked a pedestrian, who was watching from outside the house, in at gunpoint and tied him up. I think I would have done the same thing as the pedestrian, standing outside to try to process what I just saw. From this tragedy, I learned to change my ways about certain things. I'm more diligent about my surrounding as I walk to my door. I make sure I'm not distracted and not talking on my phone when I'm opening my door. The victim was talking on his phone while walking up to his front door. I've talked to my kids, friends and family about this awareness when walking in the streets, going to their cars whether in the streets or garage, and walking to their house or other people's house. I hope to encourage everyone to practice the same safety precautions and if you have any more to add, please comment about it.





19 comments:

Willie a.k.a Reptoz said...

Gee... I hate roberry especially armed robbery. Too bad i couldn't watch the video. Something was wrong with it.

Rose Belle said...

@Willie - Thanks for the heads-up about the video error message. I updated the post. The video should be working now.

Cheryl said...

Thanks for reminding us all to be ever vigilant wherever we are. What a horrific incident! It makes me angry whenever I hear such stories, what is wrong with people such as these guys?? We can only take better care to protect ourselves and our families wherever we are.

Ebie said...

Thanks for this post. It is a reminder that we have to be wary about our surroundings. Such a tragedy.

Rose Belle said...

@Cheryl - I had to watch the video at least three times to make sense of what was happening especially when one of the robbers walked out to get the pedestrian inside the house. I thought the pedestrian was another assailant. Anyhow, definitely a good reminder we all need to be alert and careful wherever we are.

Rose Belle said...

@Ebie - This tragedy really taught me a lot. Yes, we have to be aware of our surroundings at all time and think nothing bad will or can happen to us.

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Gratitude said...

I wuz alwiz amazed how American homes didn't have fencing around the perimeters of their houses as well as backdoors with glass panes as compared to Malaysian homes that have grills on doors and windows, alarm systems and guard dogs. Hope your house is secure enough to be a deterent to any break-ins.

Have a wonderful weekend ya! ^_^
+Ant+

Rose Belle said...

@Sue - thanks for stopping by!

@Gratitude - Some homes have fences around them. Many homes in SF have gates installed at the entrance and grills for all windows. This particular home has a metal gate in the front. My home has two metal gates and an alarm system but if I were robbed at gunpoint in the front of my house, there's not much I can do..

Icy BC said...

I can relate to this. My house was very close to where the robbery took place too, in the middle of the day, twice..It is scary.

I like your green blog!

Wendy said...

scary. I couldn't watch the video b/c I thought it would be too much for me. Some people say that if a robber really wants in, they'll get in. It does help as you mention, not to look like a target. Another thing I'm surprised at is how many people let their kids open the front door. My older kid is 11 and even she doesn't open the door. My brother in law was a kid when he opened the door to home invaders that tied his family up and robbed them.

TK said...

That's scary.That also happens in our country. When I was living in the city, I was always extra careful because one of my friends was robbed when she was entering her car after leaving a bank. Now, that I am living in a small town I am not that careful but we should be aware that it can happen anytime and anywhere..

Buckeroomama said...

That is scary. We can never be too careful.

Bananazą“• said...

Terrible in broad daylight. What is happening to this society? Everywhere seems to be so unsafe *sigh*. Great sharing have to be more alert and mindful in future. tQ

Mei Teng said...

It's good to exercise caution wherever you go about.

levian said...

gosh, they had a sweet time robbing others! you are right, we must pay attention to our surroundings at all time. it is impossible to know when these trouble might land on us. gosh!

sorry for not dropping by more often, i had been packed with work after chinese new year it is difficult to find time to visit or comment. but i will definitely drop by when i have the chance, do bear with me! :)

AVCr8teur said...

I remember watching this same video in the news. Sometimes we can learn from other people's misfortunes. You are right that we need to be more cautious of our surroundings.

Superman said...

Yup, really need to be alert all the time when we are outside and even in our own house. Always lock the doors. Really hate those robbers especially armed. Should sent them to jail for at least 10 over years.

Liz said...

This had me scared. Most of the time I'm careless and oblivious of my surroundings. We really should be more careful especially these days that money is so tight. TFS!