Someone came into the yard either last night or sometime this morning when I was teaching and stole Doug’s bike. Admittedly it has been parked in the back/side yard, in plain view, unlocked for a couple of weeks now. But we trust that no one will come onto our property and steal things. I’m not sure why I believe that. We’ve had tomatoes, lemons, strawberries, roses and God knows what else stolen from the yard. We’ve got the fences up, but not the gates (well, I have the side gate nearly built but just not up). I guess that will give us an incentive to get the gates finished. Neither one of us want to build a fortress around the house. I have too much fun meeting the people in the neighborhood who like to stop and chat about the yard.
But tonight I put the lawn chairs in the garage as well as the bbq. I also really hate the idea of someone coming into our yard, next to the house when I don’t know it. I always keep the doors locked, even when I am in the house. I’ll just be a bit more paranoid the next coming days.
I also told Doug that it is time we get serious about getting motion-detecting lights. I’ve seen some neat solar-powered ones. My brother has been trying to convince me to buy a security camera, or at least a webcam that will come on when it detects motion. I’ve been tempted, but I don’t want to have to worry about it all the time. We’ve called the police about it and they should be here soon.
The bike is a fairly rare bike for this area—not expensive, but rare because we bought it in Australia and had it shipped over. Maybe the police can find it and maybe they will apply the Old Testament law about stealing to whoever did it:
Ex. 22:3 "…a thief must certainly make restitution, but if he has nothing, he must be sold to pay for his debt."