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A Scary Situation...

Friday, April 19, 2013

Ok I'm apparently going to post 2 blogs today. The 17th it was storming and it was the first real storm that I had worked at my job cleaning the school/daycare. I work there alone at night so it was a bit creepy but nothing I couldn't handle.

So I was walking down the hallway and I noticed that outside the door (that I always keep locked) was very, very dark. I mean, unusually dark. But I thought to myself, "You walk in the light of Jesus so you don't have to fear the dark. You're just being paranoid." That was apparently God trying to warn me of what was coming.

A bit later I was near the janitor's closet, pretty far from the door, when someone started to jiggle it pretty hard. I looked up and saw that it was a man and I assumed that it was the only guy that worked there, the maintenance man. I figured that he was just coming to check something out because of the storm and I thought I'd be nice and let him in. So I went to do that.

Right as I opened the door I remembered that the maintenance man would never be in town this late. I came face-to-face with a stranger in the same second. So here I am, face-to-face with a man in his 60's, in the middle of a loud thunderstorm, at like 9:30 at night...

I remembered a segment that I had just watched on Rachel Ray's show on self defense and the first thing they said was to be rude so that you aren't emotionally involved in the situation and so that you're in control. So I demanded to know why he was there.

He preceded to tell me that there was a tree down (which proved to be true) but it was no where near where I was. He said he just wanted to warn me. I said thanks and shut the door as he backed away. I thank God that nothing more happened.

I was shaken because the guy had acted so oddly so I called my mom who convinced me to call the police for a little more patrol. I also left a note for my boss in case any of the other ladies that worked there worked late alone. Since then I've been thinking of more things to do to keep myself safe while I'm there alone.

First thing is that I always call my mom and make sure to stay aware of my surroundings when I'm taking the garbage out and when I leave. I'm also making sure to pull the shades at the school when I get there and make sure all the windows are closed and locked. This way no one can see where I am or that I'm alone and no one can get in. I'm keeping all the doors locked as well and NOT opening them for anyone EVER again. Also, I don't EVER, EVER post on social media where I work or when I'm working.

Does anyone else have any suggestions on keeping safe while I'm working alone? Anything that you guys come up with could really help me a lot. Thank you all so much!
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  • PATTIE441
    Sorry you are going through this, my friend. I have been in and out a lot, but wanted you to know I am praying for you and I agree with all these great suggestions. And always be aware of your surroundings. Lots of love sent your way! emoticon emoticon
    1855 days ago
    The cell phone on you is always a good idea. When you work there alone, there could be an accident or health emergency, and you want to be able to get help.

    One thing our maintenance workers always did was turn on all lights in all rooms. I don't know if they did it for safety, but if I needed to get in the building at night, I never could find them to let me in. I know you have decided to keep the blinds drawn shut, but flipping off/on lights as you move to a different place will still be noticed.

    I'm so glad you have come out of this on the other side, whole, and able to develop your safety plan!!
    1856 days ago
    Oh my gosh!! How scary is that!! I am SO very grateful that you are okay. I have tears in my eyes as I type this because I have gotten to know you and it would break my heart to learn that you could have been hurt. God bless you, my friend.

    What you are doing reminds me of the scripture that says, "faith without works is dead." (James 2: 17-20). You did everything on your part to be safe and how wonderful is that! I pray that every time you go to work, you are safe, and I am glad you told your boss since they can also help you make it safer. God bless you. emoticon

    Love, Chelsea emoticon
    1856 days ago
    Keep your keys with you, and if you have an alarm on it, press it to cause an attraction to the area, if you feel in danger. Also, have in your hand ready to press when walking to your car or from it.

    Glad you are safe

    1856 days ago
  • DARLY55
    All good advice from everyone. But just one word about media, social and otherwise - telling the world you are going on a trip is an open invitation for an intruder, Never announce that you are going to be gone, and keep your pages private!

    Stranger danger goes for adults as well as children!

    Thanks for the great blog.
    1856 days ago
    Goodness, that's one scary experience but it sounds like you kept your head and dealt with it very sensibly. You should take courage from the fact that you can do that in that sort of situation! I also think making sure people can't track your movements when you're alone is a very good idea and I agree with the flash-light suggestion.

    Be safe!
    1856 days ago
    Your story just scared the socks right off me!! .......... THANK GOD and I am glad you shared this story. (I will share one in a sec) ......... BUT I think we have been programmed from early on to always be polite ........ and never rude ......... BUT in this sick society we live in, we simply can't trust our very lives to strangers ........ Here is a RULE TO LIVE BY so we can continue to LIVE ............. (Not trying to boss, honestly so please do not think I am .......... I am shivering)
    NEVER OPEN A LOCKED DOOR just 'cause someone is on the other end and wants in IF YOU DON'T KNOW THAT PERSON! .......... even if their voice and words sound on the up and up .................. OF COURSE a killer/ rapist etc. will "sound nice" .............. so did Jeffrey Dawmer! ........ he CHARMED HIS VICTIMS! ........... (Many a serial killer charmed and lured his prey) ............... PLEASE ALL YOU READING ................ DO NOT OPEN YOUR DOOR .............. IF YOU DON'T KNOW THEM! ................... They could say they are the police and not be!
    HERE IS MY STORY ................ and I felt so horrible .........
    It was last year (I can't believe I did this except it was one very early morning when I was still SOOOOOOOOO sleepy! .............
    I work in a huge 4 story Orthopedic clinic and I am the one who arrives at 5:40 before the rest of staff arrives and patients.................. I then unlock the doors at 6:00 a.m as patients are arriving for surgery.
    THIS MAN I did not know started walking up the stairs and I asked, May I help you?" ............ He said, "I was called and told to go check out an area in the back on the 3rd floor." ............... I was so sleepy (not usually the case, mind you) .............. that I FOOLISHLY allowed him back into an otherwise gaited and locked down area....
    I then continued do my opening routine and suddenly was seized with a feeling of PANIC AND HORROR .............. emoticon ............. I at once RAN BACK THERE to to find him and COMMAND HIM TO LEAVE AT ONCE!! ........... I had not asked, "WHO CALLED YOU? and no one schedules any repairs or otherwise at that hour!! .................. He WAS NOWHERE IN SIGHT and I never saw him again!! .......... I was so upset that when my supervisor arrived later, I went to her and told her what I did and was almost crying ............. apologizing all over the place! .............. we went over the story and she was extremely compassionate and I was not reported to the Upper administration. ................... BOTTOM line was this: ............... THIS WAS NOT A CASE FOR MANNERS! .......... OR TAKING A STRANGERS word that he was there on official business! ................... this stranger could have come in and planted a BOMB! .......................... (and with what has just happened, we MUST practice safety and use our good judgment ..................... Whew!! .............. Sorry for writing a book! ................. Bless all who managed to read all this! .............. Hugs and more............. emoticon

    1857 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/19/2013 9:51:23 PM
    A recent email suggested to carry a can of hornet/wasp spray rather than mace. Mace can blow back in your face and do you in... the bug spray will spray a stream up to 20+ feet and is not as susceptible to air currents. Keeping an assailant more than an arms length away is always a good idea. The music or a radio playing becomes white noise that covers those empty space noises.. also a radio might give the impression that there are multiple people in the building. Never unlock and open the door to anyone you don't know. If they are supposed to be there they would have their own key, and should have called first to warn you of their arrival.
    Hope my thoughts have been of some value to you.
    1857 days ago
    Get a little flashlight to carry with you on your keyring or in your purse. Always look under your car before getting too close and check your back seat before sitting in your car in case of an intruder, especially at night.
    1857 days ago
    The suggestion about using your keys as a weapon is an excellent idea. After a while it actually becomes habit (I know!). Bad things can happen to you even in areas that aren't 'dicey'. Stay safe!
    1857 days ago
    Okay, music playing when you are there alone..most of the time intruders are wanting to avoid contact..So making noise while you are there is a deterrent. When you go to your car, or trash bin or your apartment..keep your keys in your hands, between your a weapon..and use it if threatened...go for the face..eyes. I know it sounds really violent...but you dont want to be a victim. Look a person in the eyes if I am memorizing your face so don't mess with me. Be loud and obnoxious if frightened.

    I worked as a social worker in dicey area for aware of your surroundings!!!!
    1857 days ago
  • ROBB1N
    If you have a cell phone, keep it with you. Plan out exit plans so in case of true emergency you already know where you are going and how to get there.
    1857 days ago
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