“A Regina couple received a rude awakening during the early hours of Victoria Day,” cbc.ca reports. Roger Lepage [above] says his wife awoke at around 4 a.m. CST when she heard a banging on the front door. Thinking it was their daughter returning home, Lepage said his wife went outside to see what was going on. Instead of their daughter they found an apparently intoxicated man with no shoes trying to break into their home in the city’s Lakeview neighborhood [pop. 7720].” So Mssr. Lepage called the police. In the intervening hour, the situation escalated . . .
Upon being denied entry into the house, Lepage said the man started engaging in erratic behaviour such as using a broom to hit the door, cursing, urinating on the deck and throwing the patio furniture.
Lepage said the man attempted to use a belt to pick the lock and tried to open the back gate and get into the garage.
“The only damage he did was to the house,” Lepage said. “Who knows what could have happened if I came out and he assaulted me or I ended up assaulting him.”
God forbid Mr. Lepage had assaulted someone damaging his property of attempting to gain access to his home! The cops are investigating their response time. Meanwhile, they have some advice for Canadians facing a similar incident.
While the Regina case was city police jurisdiction and RCMP would not be called for such incidents, they do have some tips for anyone involved in a similar situation:
Lock all the doors and close the windows.
Close the blinds so the person trying to enter the home doesn’t have the power that comes with knowing what is happening inside.
Stay back from any windows or doors.
Turn off the lights.
Create witnesses by informing neighbours or people nearby.
Take pictures and/or record the incident.
What’s missing from this picture? [h/t SS]