We had our third breakin this week. At this point, the intruder didn’t even take anything. After some walking around and some basic investigation, this is what I surmise:
The intruder hopped the wooden fence in the backyard. Footprints didn’t come from the alley, they came from the east, along Calumet. The entry point is the same point that it has been which tells me that this is probably the same person doing the intrusion.
Only one footprint (a left footprint) led from the fence in back up to the brick porch. This means that the jumper possibly twisted an ankle and hopped up to the brick wall.
The footprints are small: Possibly men’s 7 or 8, doing a non-scientific judging by my size 10.
The person climbed the wall up on to our back porch. They then forced the door open (not an easy feat, as we had jammed many heavy things in front of it). The gap between the barricade and the doorway was pretty narrow; the intruder is clearly thin and nimble enough to scale a wooden fence, a brick wall, and is able to squeeze into tiny openings.
The intruder didn’t take anything, but they did open both of the front doors wide open (the interior side). They also left through the front door and left the front door closed but not all the way; whether this means they meant to return through the front door is only speculation.
Now, the pattern fits a previous intrusion (one where a $250 paint sprayer was stolen), so I’m not going to claim innocence on the part of the intruder, but a neighbor brought up the scenario that this is possibly a squatter who has been in this house many times before, and who maybe was just trying to stay warm. It’s a possibility I’m willing to entertain, and believe me folks, I’m trying to be as Buddhist as possible about this, but the fact remains that it was a home intrusion.
These intrusions are definitely happening at night. Our neighbors are trying to keep a lookout (my next door neighbor seemed pretty upset and apologized to me today), but of course if somebody is intruding in the middle of the night, there’s not really anything our neighbors can do.
At this point, all we can do is wait until DTE gets the electricity turned on. That will increase our security considerably (lights, etc.). A dark, empty house is pretty much a sitting duck.
We’ve secured the back door even better. Tomorrow our contractor is coming out to see what he can do about sealing it up for now. This crime is so minor that I’m convinced at this point that if we just make it annoying for the intruder they’ll give up.
There’s really nothing worth stealing, but the intrusions are still very, very unsettling.