There Goes the Neighborhood

You can think all you want that your neighborhood is safe until a robbery occurs and you immediately change your tune. It is more than unsettling if you thought you were not prone to such occurrences. There is nothing more upsetting than theft. When you own a store, you feel violated if there is any vandalism or goods or money are taken. You think you had taken precautions, but obviously not. The first thing I thought when I heard about a local robbery was “there goes the neighborhood.” I guess the next thought was it is time to get a gun. There are issues positive and negative about owning a gun. The scary part is that there can be an accident if someone unauthorized mishandles the gun. If you know what you are doing, it does serve as protection and a deterrent. When robberies occur, sometimes your life is at stake. That is the biggest argument in favor of ownership. You have to weigh the odds of a dire situation.

Given that I own a shop that contains many valuable items, I feel a need to consider protecting my assets. I will acquire the appropriate firearm and learn to use it. I will keep it within easy reach hidden under a counter. It will reside in a small gun safe that is unobtrusive and just large enough for the size of the pistol. This gives me a layer of security against accidents. I am not interested in collecting guns and I don’t need a large rifle size gun safe. I will get one suitable for my needs and nothing more. I dread the thought that I might have to use it, but there comes a time when reality sets in. After all, we did have that one recent invasion of a store. I think I feel more protected now and that I can fend off intruders. Of course, I don’t want to shoot anyone, but a gun is the best deterrent there is. When my fellow store owners on my street found out about the robbery, we decided to form a business neighborhood watch. Not every proprietor wanted to house a gun on premises, so this was one solution for those against gun ownership. More than one owner opted for a gun and we decided to discuss the matter thoroughly at a neighborhood watch meeting. We asked those against what was the problem and how we could help remedy it. We mentioned that helpless feeling you get when you are threatened with theft and that you really don’t know what to do if you are in the midst of a crisis. A few store owners changed their tune on the gun issue and we vowed to meet and teach ourselves safety measures and the operation of the weapon. We visited a gun range for practice a few times. I mentioned my gun safe and convinced a few others to acquire one. We were all in it for the safety and protection.

Protecting Your Assets

When you sell goods, you have a certain protective attitude toward them. Some items are valuable and this attitude is warranted. You wouldn’t want any damage to be inflicted upon them. After all, they are your assets. You have to package some breakables properly, wrapping them in clean paper and using some extra padding. Small items need to be grouped together perhaps in a Ziplock baggie so no little pieces get lost. There are a million ways that things you sell can break and become useless. If you want to sell them, you’d better be on the lookout for unforeseen ways they can lose their value. This philosophy applies to any goods you own whether you sell them or not. It means that you should think about protective covering for things like your cell phone (consisting of a solid case), your car (a suitable cloth tarp for example), and your mattress (they make plastic protectors that are easy to put on).

The mattress protector was something I bought after a little incident I had with it. I volunteered to dog sit for a friend. It is a tiny little animal and so cute that I put him on the bed. I expected him to signal to me that he needed to go out by jumping off. I didn’t realize that his little legs were too short and that he was intimidated to make the leap. He was so comfortable on the bedcovers that I didn’t think about his basic needs. One morning I forgot to make the bed and the coverlet was yanked down almost completely off the surface. The sheets were also pulled down exposing the mattress. I figured I would have time later to attend to it so I went to work and left the little dog in his favorite spot in spite of the lack of sheets and bed cover. He curled into a little ball and fell asleep as I was getting dressed for work. Not being used to having a pet around, I forgot to take him for a walk to “do his business.” I simply patted him on the head and ventured off.

I didn’t know the consequences of my neglect until I got home. The little dog had peed on the mattress and it soaked right through. It was that much given the size of the dog, but it was still an “accident” that didn’t need to happen. If I had purchased a mattress cover when the mattress was new, it would have prevented the soiling. These covers are designed to be waterproof while they also protect the mattress from dust mites. I couldn’t yell at the poor little creatures because it was entirely my fault. I was remiss in forgetting to let him out. I quickly stripped the bed, washed everything, and sprayed the mattress with pet stain remover. I had to run and get it at the supermarket. I remade the bed and took the dog for a long walk. Needless to say, he did not return to his former sanctuary.