About an hour from here in a small country town of 4,000 a burglar entered the home of a 91 year old woman and her 63 year old daughter. It was about two in the morning. The women awoke and went to find out what the noise was. The burglar shot the 91 year old in the face. She is alive but the bullet embedded in her spine. If she lives through this it's expected that she will be partially paralyzed. The burglar took some things out of the house before escaping. The sheriff has no suspects and no motive and doesn't know if it was a random incident or not.
Last year the home of one of my friends was broken into while he was at work. He lives in a nearby town, population 11,000. The Christmas tree was visible from the front window. The side window was obscured by plants and the thieves broke the window and just walked in and helped themselves. They used a glass cutter and cut a hole so there wasn't the noise of glass breaking.
In the large city about a half hour from my house, just the other day a family was loading their kids into their car, which was parked in the front of their house. They turned the car on to get the heater going so it wouldn't be too cold. Two of the three kids were in the car. The parents came out with the third kid and noticed that their car was missing. Someone stole it with the two kids in it! The kids were let out of the car about a half mile from home. Their vehicle is still missing but at least nobody got hurt.
I've learned to lock the doors when I'm here. I used to brag that not only did I never lock the doors but I didn't even know where a house key was; it had been such a long time since the house was locked. My kids think I'm a bit kooky because I carry a handgun with me while I'm at home. Perhaps telling them this story may change their mind a bit. You never know what may happen, even in your own home.
Keep yourself alert. Keep your doors locked. Keep yourself armed.