Ypsidixit - 2007-10-31 15:39:29
Besides, all you need in the new, police-free Ypsi are some killer ninja skills. A good Japanese sword is a lot cheaper than a home security system--and it's prettier, too.

Look. Fearmongers, kindly take a look at the Ypsi Crime Maps. Get some actual information and data. Here's the one from Sept. 16-23.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-31 16:02:49
Another way to say my point of view is that responsibility begins at home. It's a big bad world. I personally feel I have a responsibility as a homeowner to safeguard my home and family to the best of my ability and make my home unattractive to burglars. Here is a page of good tips I used, not to burglar-proof my home (no home is burglar-proofable) but to make it too difficult and vexing for a burglar to bother.

Excerpt: "The enemies of the burglar are time and attention. The longer it takes to enter and the more noise he makes increase his chances of being seen and caught. Homes not easily and quickly broken into are most often bypassed for easier targets.

"Although the main focus of this is to deter burglars, what is talked about on this page is an example of "walk-aways" mentioned on the Pyramid of Personal Safety page. The same issues that will deter a burglar will also serve to stop a break-in rapist or stalker.

"Officer Ken Pence from the Nashville police force has created a "Rate Your Risk" quiz to assess your risk of being burglarized. We suggest you follow this offsite link and take the test.

"Tip #1 Make your home security system like an onion, not an egg. Layers upon layers are not only the best deterrent, but the best defense against break ins.

"Reason: It is easy for a criminal to bypass a single line of defense. Multiple layers not only slow him, but serve as a means to alert you or your neighbors that someone is trying to break in. Doing these "layered walk-aways" makes it more difficult for a criminal to meet his criteria of quick and unobserved entry. If, like the tip of an iceberg, enough of these deterrents are visible, most of the time the would-be intruder will simply choose not to even try. If he does try, then the layers he did not see will impede him.

"A good example of a layered defense is rosebushes outside the window, double-locked, barred and safety coated side windows and something difficult to climb over inside under the window."
Old Goat - 2007-10-31 20:07:26
Yes indeed it is nonsense. That's because the people who are selling the income tax scheme have decided to use fear as their motivator. They offer nothing for the projected four million dollars in added revenue per year except a warning that this will not be enough to run the city in three years. Really makes one want to run out and vote YES doesn't it! Hopefully, a large majority of Ypsilanti City residents will see through this sham and bury it once and for all.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-31 20:17:32
If a kind reader has a copy of this flier, I would like to post it for community examination--without revealing the name of the sender, of course. Jpeg would be best. It can be sent to ypsidixit (at) I'd be grateful. Thank you.
maryd - 2007-10-31 21:03:05
Oh my gosh, lock your doors!! Actually in flusher times I have been broken into twice. It all begins with prevention, I have learned the hard way. Lock up and do not leave anything unattended. This is true even with the full contingent of Ypsi Police.
Ypsidixit - 2007-10-31 21:09:03
Indeed, that is true. I like the "onion" model of the tips I linked to, above. The outer ring of my onion is my fence. The next inner ring is 2 good-sized dogs in the yard. And so on. It's a good model to examine one own's situation, to make one's property unappealing to burglars.
pat the handyman - 2007-11-01 07:09:18
Actually it's an alarm system may deter a thief, if it is loud enough . Security can be dogs, clubs , guns , your in laws . I have never had any trouble in Ypsi, in Saline however, I was broken into twice .... What we do here for added security is we have a photo of a few local elected officials in our windows, this not only send the thieves running into the night but all pests, rodents, bugs etc ...Glad it is facing out to the street , imagine the effect it would have on us the occupants!
Ypsidixit - 2007-11-01 07:22:02
I also have never had any trouble, at all, at any time of the day or night, anywhere in Ypsi, whether at home or biking around, often after dark. That's never, in over 7 years of life in Ypsi (Twp.).

PTH, your "added security" measure is certainly novel, and sounds effective. Does it work against Jehovah's Witless as well? I got ensnared in a conversation with 2 of them not too long ago on my front porch stoop and they were such nice people I couldn't, you know, destroy their world view and all--but I have better things to do!
homeowner - 2007-11-01 09:09:45
Assuming such a flyer does exist, it doesn't prove that it was sent out by the pro-tax side. It wouldn't be the first time something was distributed by one side in order to discredit the other.
Ypsidixit - 2007-11-01 09:20:55
Oh, I think that is preposterous. What absolute hogwash, "homeowner." And I'll tell you something else. People who have the courage of their convictions aren't afraid to put their name--in fact, proudly do so--on their fliers--not to mention blog postings. Cowards who circulate inflammatory fliers without putting their name on it are contemptible. Cowards who make unwarranted insinuations about a group that has acted honorably to date are contemptible.

Old Goat - 2007-11-01 10:49:34
The flyer does indeed exist in bright green. I witnessed Mr. Glen Sard (a pro tax-to-the-max advocate), distributing them on my block. He didn't leave one at my house, probably because I have two Vote No signs, so I got one from the vacant house next door. Some things on the flyer are true, while others simply are not. Overall ,I'd say that they're pathetic. I'll give a more detailed opinion on them when I can find some time.
Ypsidixit - 2007-11-01 11:08:26
That would be great, Old Goat. I'm sure other non-flier-receivers would be very grateful to hear what's on them. Thanks.
old Goat - 2007-11-03 20:40:21
It appears that you've gotten your hands on the flier on a later post, so you can see for yourself how flighty the thing is. Haiku Time... A flighty flier! Filled with fears of fantasy Filed on my front porch.

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