Neighbors Were Shocked – By a Swatting Call

At least no one was shot by police. SFPD investigating possible ‘swatting’ incident involving tech leader.

A “Facebook cybersecurity executive” was targeted.

“The male caller stated that he had just shot his wife in their home, he had the kids tied up, there were pipe bombs everywhere, and if police responded that he would harm the police if they came to help,” said Janine De La Vega, Public Affairs Manager Palo Alto Police Department.

Not a prank, as the death last year proves.


Neighbors were surprised to learn of the incident.

“Horrible, definitely. I’ve been living here for six years it’s always been really, really quiet. So I’m surprised to hear that for sure,” said Manuela Zavattaro, neighbor.

Swatting is a crime. And if you can read this, then you live in The Real World™ where crime can and all to often, does happen.


It’s Bad Enough When “Neighbors Are Shocked”

When police are shocked – because they too are living in dreamland – you’re in a bad situation. State College shootings: 5 shot in rampage near Penn State campus. (State College is the name of the town.)

“Quite frankly it’s shocking and disturbing. We like to think of this place as Happy Valley. We like to think these things can’t happen here. But one of the things that it makes you realize is that it can happen here and does happen here,” said State College Police Chief John Gardner.

What are the chances that he has a plan, or has tested a plan, for how to deal with an active shooter, for a guy who attacks a grade-school, say. If the police are this clueless, what are the chances that the school districts have any plans about lockdown, or shelter-in-place? My guess – exactly zero.

If you can read this, then you do not live in Pleasantville or Mayberry; you live in The Real World™ where crime can, and all to often does, happen. You should plan accordingly. And if you are police chief, you should plan, drill, encourage the schools/others to plan, etc. Get your head out of the sand. (Or wherever you have your head buried.)

“Hope is not a strategy.”

This is the strategy that is inherently followed by all the “shocked neighbors” whenever they find out that crime can happen in their town. LOCK THE DOORS!. If you won’t listen to me – and evidence is that you won’t – maybe Massad Ayoob can convince you.

“It won’t happen to me because I live in a nice place” is not a strong defense. That thinking comes under “hope is not a strategy.” Criminals with functional IQs realize the nicest homes have the nicest stuff to steal. And criminals realize that in the sparsely populated hinterlands, there are fewer witnesses and the thin blue line of police is stretched particularly thin.

Some good advice about what to do, and what to tell ALL the members of your household, especially the trusting ones. (Bad guys don’t exist in my neighborhood!)

Why Do They Want to “Feel safe” as Opposed to Actually “Being Safe?”

Or at least be working to improve their level of safety. (The world is not a safe place, and you can’t make it one by wishing or doing.) After Jayme Closs returns, northwest Wisconsin wonders how to feel safe again.

The randomness of a meticulously planned crime has shaken residents of Barron, Wis.

Double murder of the parents. Kidnapping of the girl. Escape, followed by arrest of the bad guy. The story has been all over the news.

But one thing caught my attention. Or actually, it made me want to scream.

People are uncertain. They’re frightened,” said local newspaper editor Bob Zientara, who has the ear of a town that, in an instant last week, became overwhelmed with joy at Jayme’s return. “It’s tempered joy because now [people] realize that things like this can happen here.”

Really?!! They believed that bad things couldn’t happen in their neighborhood/town/county/state? Really? Crime only takes place in “Other kinds of places.” Crime only impacts “Other kinds of people.” That is one crazy attitude.

The article goes on to say that the only alternative to the head-in-the-sand denial of reality, is to “live in fear.” That comes up several times. I don’t agree. You can acknowledge the reality of where you live – it isn’t Mayberry or Pleasantville. You can do some preparation. You can stop living inside your head, and pay attention to your surroundings and take some action. Now a gun may not have saved this couple. “There are no guarantees in this life save for death and next winter’s snow.” But a head in the sand attitude wouldn’t help. Opening your front door to any knock without looking, or having some preparation.

I don’t know, maybe the sheep are always in fear, and can only live in their fantasy world of zip-code-induced-safety. If so, it is a pretty poor commentary on the state of society.

Neighbors Were Shocked

Your Zip Code does not protect you. Not a normal day: Public saw work of law enforcement firsthand while officers searched for shooting suspect that may not have existed.

There was a shooting on the Mississippi University for Women (MUW) and the cops spent the afternoon looking for the shooter – but they later issued a statement saying the gunshot may have been self-inflicted.

This is a long article, and the bit that really caught my attention is almost an afterthought.

Another woman, who worked in a separate office near MUW Police Department and who did not want to be named in The Dispatch, spent the lockdown sitting in her own car parked just off campus, texting a co-worker locked in their office.

“I never thought in this little town it would happen right here on our campus,” she told a Dispatch reporter at the scene.

You are not immune from crime because of where you live. Crime can – and does – happen anywhere. Crime is not something that happens in “other kinds of areas” to “other kinds of people.” You can be a victim. You should plan accordingly.

Neighbors Were Shocked

Because they thought their zip-code protected them. Neighbors in shock after suspect kidnaps, shoots teen babysitter Wednesday afternoon.

He kidnapped the babysitter, and he tried to rob her. Then he shot her as she ran away from him.

“You don’t see this type of behavior happen around here,” [Alena] Moran [a resident of Boscobel St. for five years] said.

If you can read this, then you do actually live in The Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does, happen.

Good thing the teenager was disarmed, for her own protection, or someone might have been hurt. Oh, wait a minute…

Sounds Like a Parent Defending Kids

Which is exactly what parents are supposed to do. Police: Intruder shot, killed by homeowner in Tigard.

If you break into homes, you will eventually find an armed homeowner. That’s what happened here. The result is one dead home invader.

According to police, multiple kids were inside the home at the time, but they are safe.

Neighbors aren’t quite shocked.

This incident certainly has neighbors on edge.

“It’s very friendly, very family oriented – and yeah, this is unusual for here,” said Cheryl Lawhead.

A reminder that they do, in fact, live in the Real World™ where crime can, and sometimes does, happen.

While the investigation continues, Self-defense remains a Human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.