A healthy response to a fearful situation

About a month ago my good friend, an elderly American woman, living alone, survived a late night home invasion with uncommon instincts that saved her from potential violence. She awakened to the sound of the burglars breaking into her kitchen window. Her mind raced through the possibilities of her choices of action. As the thieves approached her bedroom she decided that the best course of action was to do nothing at all. The thieves opened drawers, noisily dumped them on the floor, grabbed all the jewelry of value and other electronics that they could carry and fit through the hole in her rear wall that they had chiseled out to enter her lot. Then they broke a kitchen window and entered the house. The importance of her response and the purpose of this article is aimed to the public in general but more to my male brothers and their natural instincts which is to intervene in some manner in the same situation. Since my friends break-in I’ve spoken to many men and asked them how they were likely to react in this situation. I spoke to no man that said they would react with doing nothing and pretend to be asleep, thereby inadvertently, inviting violence. To confront thieves is to invite violence.

It’s no secret that San Miguel is not the safe little hamlet it once was. Burglaries are occurring at an alarming rate. We may not be able to affect the rate of crime but we can, with forethought, affect the outcome of burglaries and home invasions. Until my friends experience I had never considered how I would react if a home invasion occurred while I was in bed. It would have never occurred to me to pretend to be asleep. I’m now convinced that in such a situation, doing nothing is the way to go. Having a plan of action removes some of the anxiety associated with fearful events.

Norman Araiza


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