Have you had someone come to your door unexpectedly, late at night?

Canada
October 20, 2007 11:43pm CST
Yesterday (Saturday) wasn't a great day for me, as mentioned in my discussion from that day. At approximately 12:05 a.m., I was sitting here at the computer, when I was startled by a knocking sound. At first I thought it was our cat, into something, but then I saw her laying on the floor, with her ears perked up. There was someone at the front door ... after midnight! As I went down the hall, I noticed that the door had been left unlocked by my daughter, who'd arrived home from work around 9:30. I could see someone standing out there, through the small pane of glass, beside the door. I hurried forward, and quickly put the lock on. I looked out the curtain, and it was a young woman. She wanted to let me know that the lights had been left on, in the car in our driveway. This isn't our car, but it belongs to our neighbours across the street. I thanked her anyway, and by this time, the light had gone off in the car, she said. I 'did not' open the door. I'm 'pretty sure' she's a thoughtful young woman who happened to be passing by, but you can't be too careful. There could always be someone else with her, hiding around the corner of the house. There have been several women attacked in our area recently, and one of them, by a man who 'knocked on the door.' We do have occasional home invasions in this neighbourhood. My hands were shaking, as I returned to the computer. I think I'd better call it a night! Thanks for taking the time to read this. Has something like this happened to you? How did you feel, and what was your reaction? Do you feel safe in your neighbourhood?
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10 responses
21 Oct 07
My story is a bit different but i know exactly what you mean. I had stopped of at a friends house on a Friday night he had a late shift and wasnt due back until 2am. So i crashed at his house and waited for him to get back. On the net and watching movies. Around 10pm Knock at the door. Not my house so I left it. What happend next was a bit strange heard a lot of shouting looked out the kitchen window and a group of lads went passed. around 11pm another knock at the door a lot louder.. looked out the window the police had arrived. Someone had put a false call in for a Pizza delivery. Guy turned up I didnt answer the door because it wasnt my house, he got hit with a metal bar and robbed. Police searched the flat thinking i had commited the robbery then realised I wasnt even a close description of the robber(s). Enough of a bad day you would think? Nope.. lol 1am banging at the door again.. I ignore completely and lots of shouting outside.. 2am my friend gets back explain what happend. Have a coffee.. sit down to a movie.. bang bang.. Friend goes into a panic phones the police. As there is banging all over the house on the windows.. then a Dustbin gets thrown through the kitchen window. We go outside but everyones run away.. call the police. But too late.. Friend moved out following day. 2 weeks later a detective gets in touch regarding the robbery. first time was the robbery 2nd time was guys from the restaurant (asian) who thought we had attacked theyre friend in a racial attack. 3rd Guys back from the restaurant this time to try and beat us up. The detective explained to them that we had nothing to do with it I have an Filipina fiancee and my friend is Greek. I also managed to help with a police line up to identify one of the robbers. But yeah advise not answering the door unless your sure who it is. The guys who robbed the pizza guy also beat up a taxi driver after getting him to drive into the countryside.
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
Wow, this is absolutely horrific, mattwilkie! I'm so thankful that you and your friend are both okay. But what a terrible ordeal, and the poor pizza delivery man. I trust he recovered from this? I'm glad too, that you were able to help with the lineup. It's not something I think about often, but I can see where it's risky just delivering pizza. I know terrible things have happened to cab drivers. Thanks for sharing this incident here. By the way, welcome to myLot.
23 Oct 07
Things that are happening more common lately. The pizza guy needed skin grafts and some partial face reconstruction. My friend moved and feels much happier and safer where he is now.
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
Thanks for getting back to me here. That's just awful about the pizza delivery guy! I trust he's 'physically' recovering now. We'd had a woman answer a knock on her door, in our general area, not long ago. When she opened it, she was punched in the face repeatedly, and knocked unconscious. I'd never 'willingly' open my door to anyone I don't know well, at night. All I could think of too, was that my daughter was asleep upstairs, and you just don't know who could be up to what.
@isaiah12 (418)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I was having weird things late at night at the apartment I moved out of about a year ago. The first time it happened was in the middle of the night I was woken by a noise. It was dark, but I had the feeling someone was there. I got up searched the apartment and found no one. But in the bathroom (the ceiling had tiles you could move) the tile right over the toliet was pushed aside. Another night I had turned off the lights in the rest of the apartment and gone into my bedroom with my granddaughter. I was looking at my granddaughter (she was about 1 and a half at the time). She was facing the door that leads into the kitchen. She got this scared look on her face and said "who's that". By the time I got into the other rooms turning lights on as I went. In the bathroom the tile was moved again. We had a security door that came into the hallway leading to three apartment (one on each floor). Ours was the first floor aparment. There was a couple living on the second floor. The man was friends with the landlord. He was always helping him do work around the apartments. He also drank alot. And he was drinking buddies with the landlord. I started to leave the lights on in the apartment at night. And that seemed to solve the problem. It wasn't long after that we moved.
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
Hi isaiah12, What a frightening thing to go through. Just the thought of someone doing this with the tiles is upsetting. I'm glad everything turned out okay, and hope you feel much safer where you are now. Thanks for your response.
@ctrymuziklvr (11060)
• United States
21 Oct 07
Since I live in a secure building nobody can knock on our doors but they can ring our bells. I live on the first floor and people who forget their key card are always ringing my bell to let them in. We also have intercoms to ask who it is and I always use that because I won't answer the door for just anyone. There are too many crazy people in this world and we have to be cautious.
• Canada
23 Oct 07
I've lived in several large apartment buildings over the years, and would get people 'buzzing in' too. Often they'd forgotten their keys. I always used the intercom too. It's sad, but true, about having to be so cautious these days. Thanks for sharing.
• Canada
21 Oct 07
I fortunately have never had this happen. That would be very scary good thing you were careful. I know I wouldn't no havce opened the door either.
• Canada
23 Oct 07
That is fortunate for sure, StrawberryKisses. My first instinct, after I was totally startled, was to get to the door and lock it. I didn't like the fact, that because 'I had' to do this, the young woman could see me in the hallway. Therefore, I 'felt' I had no choice, but to speak to her through the door. Thanks for your response.
@kgwat70 (13398)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I have not had anyone knock on my door that late at night or at least not that I know of. I am usually sleep by that time and I do not hear a thing when I am sleeping well. If someone knocked on my door that late, I probably would not answer it or even look because I would feel suspicious. My neighbors know to call me if they need anything late at night because I am a hard sleeper and will not hear anything.
@laurika (4536)
• United States
21 Oct 07
Wow I am still scared after reading it.I am glad you are carefull, because how you said, you never know.Yeah something similar happen to me too, although it wasn't so late, it was only about 9 o'clock.But still me and my hubby was surpriced, becuase we are in new place and don't know anybody, so was wondering who can be knocking on the door.We look through the glass and it was our neighbor.So I open the door and he ask me, if we saw his girlfriend, since she wasn't home at the time, what was unusual for her.I saw her running aroung the house around the 6 , but it was 3 hours before and looks like it was too long.I tell him to go to the gym we have in our apartman complex.He come back after 10 minutes and she was still gone and he couldn't find her.Oh , I was so sory for the guy, he looked so worried about her.After hours she finally come home and I so them hughing and kissing each other in front of our flats.He was so happy to find her.After that he come to me and thank me for helping him seeking for her.I was glad nothing happe to her and he find her.I would be scared to live here when I would find out something happened to her.
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
I try to be as careful as possible, and in the process, have become much more suspicious of people, than when I was younger. It's also 'the times' we're living in. I'm glad that all turned out well for your neighbour and his girlfriend. I'm sure it made you feel good, to be able to help him locate her. Thanks for your response.
• United States
21 Oct 07
Yes, a few times it was a family members that just needed some help, other times, it was people running from the cops, in the case of the cop runners, I just ended up calling the cops and tipping them off.
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
I'd prefer if family members would 'phone first' that time of the night. It certainly isn't safe to open the door to anyone running from the cops. Scary! Thanks for your response.
@vokey9472 (1489)
• United States
21 Oct 07
I have several stories about late night visitors at my door. When we first moved into our house, we had the police show up and bang on our door at 1am to serve a warrant to someone who hadn't lived at our address in 4 years, as per my landlord. Then a few months later the police showed up again to serve a warrant on someone who had used our address just a few months earlier when they were arrested. Then earlier this year an old hispanic man showed up at our door around 230am and wanting to buy a soda and wanting to know when the bus came by. I gave him a can of dr pepper and told him that the bus didn't come until 5am. He wandered off. Just last week we had a black man show up around 1230am. He claimed that his mother had a heart attack and could my hubby give him a ride to the hospital as the he didn't have a car. My hubby told him to either take the bus or call a cab. The man said he didn't have any money but he would take the bus if he could. So we gave him the $2.50 for the bus pass and he went to wait on the last bus that passes our house at 1:45am. We get late nite knockers a lot around here. I think it is because we live so close to a bus stop and since our lights are always on late at night, people know that we are up (my hubby works nights from home). Also, I think everyone knows that we will help out if we can so people come to us.
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
You've certainly had some very interesting experiences with this type of thing, vokey9472. It's good that you have your husband there with you. We live in a quieter neighbourhood 'supposedly,' and what happened here last weekend, is a rare occurence 'for me.' It's great that you're able to help others out though. Thanks for sharing.
• United States
21 Oct 07
The pizza man always does that even tho i dont order pizza alot of the time... and so do trick or treater even tho its not halloween!
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
It's not good when people phone up for pizza, and give a 'fake address.' I know 'some' pizza delivery places phone back, after an order's been placed, just to be sure. I've had kids knock on the door, and run away, over the years too, and it's most annoying. Thanks for your response, and welcome to myLot.
• Canada
21 Oct 07
Just this past week I was at the computer one night and it was after 11pm. I jumped when I heard a knock at my door...It happened to be a man delivering a panzorrotti to the apatrtment out front and had come to the wrong door! I have no idea who would want a panzorotti at that hour but you certainly do have to be careful!! Another night this week I worked late and took a cab home. As we drove up to my building there was a man hanging out near by....Before I left the cab my driver said "Is that guy gone" as he did not look like a safe sort of person! I really don't live in the greatest area of town but we have been having difficulty finding a better place! :( I'm so glad you are safe and you didn't open your door! :) Take Care! ~Heavens~
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• Canada
23 Oct 07
Hi heavenschild, I can totally relate to what you felt, when you heard that knock ... so unnerving, but in my case, I 'knew' I had to go and get the door locked, as quickly as possible. I hope you talked to the delivery man through the door? The man hanging out sounds very creepy too. I so hope and pray, that you'll be able to find a suitable place to live, for you and your family, soon. I'm very thankful everything turned out okay, for my daughter and myself, that night too. Take Care. xxx