Tuesday morning about 4am someone tried to kick in our door. We suspect he was a druggie looking to quickly grab anything he could to sell for his next high as one of my wife's co-workers that lives near us also recently had her basement door kicked in while they were home asleep and had some stuff stolen. Fortunately I had replaced the short flimsy screws on the sill plates with 3 and a half inch deck screws that secured them to the studs behind the door jam so the door didn't give when he tried to kick it in even though he kicked so hard he took some paint off the door. The cops got there pretty quick after we called but he was long gone by then and they didn't find him by searching the neighborhood. Though it ended as well as possible this time, it shook us up pretty good and shattered our illusions of living in a nice peaceful quiet neighborhood. After talking to my neighbors I found out that three of them had also had to run off prowlers in the past couple of years. We decided to bolster our home security because I realized that if he had broken down the door, there wouldn't have been much I could do to protect my wife and son other than wrestle with him but I haven't fought since I was in the Marine Corps some 15 years ago, and doubt I would be able to put up much of a fight at this point, so I bought a handgun (a Walther PK380), and my wife is getting a security system installed, and this weekend we'll also add a chain to both front and back doors.