I recently moved to a large city. So I picked an area to rent that seemed nice on the outside, but cheap enough to save money to buy a house. The area is a subdivion, but has a large number of felons, assault rates are 3x the mean state rate, and property crimes are high. Murder, rape, and arson rates are slightly higher that state mean. There are vicious breeds of dogs that run free, but I can deal with those jokers. My question involves day to day interactions with suspect members of the area.
I've always gone by the be firm and polite method of interaction. If someone comes in my yard. I ask them if I can help them. (which in the south means get the f*ck off my yard I rarely speak or engage people within this area and have no real interest in doing so. A good neighbor keeps to themselves in my opinion. I realize that many people in this specific forum are much more knowledgeable about these types of situations. What do you all think are appropriate methods of engagement that do the following:
Make your presence known and deter trespassers
Make all reasonable attempts to avoid violent altercations.
Keep a rapport that reduces your risk of being a victim of property crime.
Do you believe in being armed in these situations? If so do you believe in displaying your weapon?
I'll throw out a few situations:
The late nite knock on your door, middle aged woman is searching for her teen aged son.
Two young males looking less than respectable pull into your drive way in car with busted out windows, body damage, then proceed to get out.