Imagine being a single woman sleeping in bed with two dogs when at 2:00 a.m. you're jolted awake by their barking. You get out of bed to see what the commotion is all about and walk sleepily to your bedroom door. You slowly pull open the door and are met by the darkened silhouette of a man standing directly outside your door in the hallway. You are about to dial 911 on the cell phone your holding when a gunshot explodes in front of you and a bullet shatters the phone and your hand. You scream and run frantically back into your bedroom towards the closet. A volley of bullets follows your retreat striking you in the knee, arm, and side. As you slam the closet door closed, more bullets tear through the wood and into your flesh.
You are alive but badly wounded and don't know if the intruder has left. You don't have a regular telephone but risk bleeding to death if you wait too long in the closet. Imagine the courage needed to open the closet door, walk through the house and then go outside into the unknown darkness to your neighbor's house for help.
Police and detectives arrive but do not locate the murderer/rapist-to be. Several of the neighbors' back yard gates are open and burglary tools are found in a different backyard. You appear the be the victim of a random attack but cannot be certain.
This nightmarish scene seems like something out of a horror movie but played out in real life last week to a woman living in a "nice" neighborhood. It turns out this woman's grandfather and my wife's grandfather are brothers but I've never met her.
After investigating the scene, it was determined the suspect entered through a doggie door on the back side of the house. I can't tell you how many burglaries I've investigated where the point of entry was a doggie door. And, if you think that thin piece of plastic that slides into the inside of the doggie door will keep a person out, think again. A simple kick or a screwdriver is all it takes to remove the plastic cover. If you have a large or medium sized doggie door that leads into your house, please do something to deter criminal from using it.