Not necessarily a threat, but I anticipated that as first responders became ill and police presence lessened that potential fraudsters, criminals and others of similar ilk might start expanding their activities.
We have only a small police force in our community, so I anticipated that we might expect some problems. The neighboring larger city has over a few hundred officers in quarantine, and other communities are small like mine, with limited police forces.
A while ago someone was knocking heavily on my front door. I have a "no soliciting sign" on the front door, as does another older neighbor. So it's highly unusual for someone to knock. And I rarely answer the door.
But I had a funny feeling about this, so I opened the inside door, obviously leaving the screen door locked, just to find out what was going on.
A guy wearing one of the safety jackets like construction workers wear asked if I got the note he left on my door earlier this morning. First alert.
I just kept staring at him (to make him uncomfortable and more likely to blunder in his explanations. He claimed he left a pink note on my door this morning. When I remained silent, he then claimed the note was meant for another house with a similar number, and he accidentally put it on my front door. Second alert. He waited several hours before returning after he allegedly left the note.
He then pretended to look around the front porch, side to side, stating that he couldn't find the note.
He claimed he mowed lawn for that house and hadn't been paid since last year; therefore, he allegedly left a note for the owners.
Claiming he wanted to retrieve the note and came back for that purpose, he eventually said the note must have blown away or something like that, and left. Third alert. He was just checking out the owner - me.
The whole incident seemed odd. I've read that people can spot an older person's house, and target them, especially if a flag is flying. So that was my suspicion.
Just a thought for those of you who are older, or living alone. Be on the alert.
Next time I'll bring my big knife and play with it while someone tries to check out the situation. I'd bring my pistol but that would probably produce a call and response from the police, and I don't need that.
I also understand there are some little noisemakers that fit next to a door to provide alerts if someone breaks in. That just went on my shopping list.
Please be cautious; we never know what a stranger really wants when knocking on our doors.