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I assumed when I read this that they had given a key to the MIL but it seems that they do not lock their front door. Wow. In this day and age? I guess I don't even think about it, though, because most front doors in the UK jave Yale-style locks that lock when you close the door so they are *always* locked.


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Mar. 29th, 2011 10:19 pm (UTC)
Door currently isn't locked, and is generally only locked when we leave home; we live in East Nowhere.

In the city, yeah, everything locked all the time. But I grew up on a farm and my parents still don't lock their house unless they're out of town.
Mar. 30th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
When I was growing up, we never locked our house doors, except when we were gone for a few days. At night we locked them - but not if we were just going out for a bit during the day. In the beginning of our marriage Ray and I did the same thing, as did his parents. However, it wasn't long - maybe 2 or 3 years - when the amount of crime warranted change. Then maybe 5 years after that, when Scott was 18 months, and we were gone on vacation, we were burglarized at about 4 p.m. Ray's mother was coming in one door to take care of our cats, and the burglar was exiting another door because he heard her -- we think. Our house WAS locked, but they got in through the upstairs window -- the window lock "gave way" to the pressure of someone trying to jimmy it, I think. They sliced the screen and got in -- stole all our silver items. With finger prints, they caught the thug.

One time one of Scott's friends just came in the door -- scared the crap out of me! I find it odd that he wasn't taught that you don't go into another person's house unless you knock and the door is answered! Unless you are worried about foul play - you just don't do that!

I admit I'm still lax about keeping our house locked when we're awake and dressed -- probably a mistake. Once we go to bed -- house gets locked up.

Our house up north was burglarized a second time just this winter -- about 9 p.m. on January 2. We sere down here (Hilton Head) - so no one was there, thankfully. We've gone from leaving our house unlocked to now having a security system -- and that security system paid for itself with this burglary. They were barely in the house a minute before it went off -- and they ran for the hills! Not sure they got anything. The cops didn't get any discernible finger prints, and despite police sniffing dogs, etc., he hasn't been caught. We think he cased the joint prior to the burglary because there were snow prints all around the house that our caretaker noticed prior to the burglary.
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:20 am (UTC)
Yeah, times have definitely changed and I can see my grandparents (mum's side - who lived on a farm in a pretty rural area) not locking the doors all of the time. In face, from what I remember, their door was always wide open in the summer. Then again, Yale locks have been standard everywhere that I have lived for the front door since I was tiny (early 70s?) and only the back doors actually needed you to turn a key to lock them. I guess it was just a shock to me that in the 00s there were people without self-locking doors and/or not locking their doors. Especially when unclothed or 'in bed'.
Mar. 31st, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC)
I think most of our doors automatically lock when you close them. However, I think you *can* set them not to do so if you want. I prefer that, as I've locked myself out of the house when all I was doing was going out to take some pictures in the yard, and didn't want to drag my keys with me.
Mar. 30th, 2011 05:40 am (UTC)
I always lock the door because the last thing I need is a bored teenager deciding the want my television (oh wait, it's really out of date) or my couch (cat-clawed as it is) or my 12 year old refrigerator.

And WOW would I love to have a lock like you've described.
Mar. 31st, 2011 01:23 am (UTC)
Yeah, I think I was just so surprised because everywhere that I have lived since I was tiny had a Yale-style lock on the front door. Yes, the back door of the house usually had to be locked with a key but my parents took care of that and so it was not something that I have ever consciously thought about. That and all of the flats that I have lived in since leaving home as well as all of my university 'dorm' rooms had yale-style locks as well. In fact, at uni it was more of a problem to lock your key in your room by mistake than to leave it open/unlocked. The dorm caretakers had to have spare keys to lend to us in those cases!
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