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Old 04-30-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Different doesn't begin to describe small town living and I've been at it awhile now. I came from a smallish area but where I am now is oh so small, I've tried to shake off the New York, Miami/Ft Lauderdale, longbeach area for 20 years and I still find myself distrustful and that sucks. I still lock my car and house, quiver if someone I don't know waves when I drive by and in general second guess my thoughts.
The truth is these people may find me odd but they have a general interest and are kind in a way I'm not used to. Its nice. I hope I too can chill to the point they do some day.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:58 AM
 
Location: West Texas
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My family and I moved from the Dallas Ft. Woth Metroplex to a town of 647 residents in 2000.

While we do the same as you and leave the car doors locked we also lock the house doors while at home. Some habits die hard.
As for waving at passing pick ups and cars I picked up on that right Away.

I admit after almost eleven years here from time to time I wish there was a local store to run to however, we have to plan our trips to the store in the next town 18 miles away. Not a far drive just inconvenient in the evenings.
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Old 05-04-2011, 05:37 PM
 
Location: Stephenville, Texas
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I guess we're funny. We lock car and house doors without even thinking. Guess I thought that was just common for everyone. Even if I lived in the country (as I did growing up) would still lock doors. Different strokes, I guess!
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Old 05-04-2011, 09:44 PM
 
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Never think because you live in a small town that you are safe. My nearest neighbor is nearly a mile from me and the town of 1200 people is 4 miles away. This past month while I was away for a week, I returned home to find my front door kicked in and handguns and other things stolen. I now have security systems installed around my very rural property.

One should always keep in mind that the same solitude that draws honest people to rural America can also draw human detritus and riftraft. I've lived in several larger American cities but I've never believed one can totally escape from the sick products of modern American society. I lock my doors and did before the burglary.

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Old 05-04-2011, 10:55 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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I never lock my car. I drive a '97 Geo Tracker with approx. 400,000 miles on it. I figure if I leave it unlocked, somebody might feel sorry for me and throw something in. lol But my wife and I don't lock our car either around here. We go to the mall or someplace else we'll lock it. Our house is unlocked while we're gone most of the time. Been doing that for years and never had anything happen. And we live in a town of 2500.
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Old 05-09-2011, 04:21 AM
 
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We've lived in rural PA for 15 years now, and for a while I only locked my doors at night. If I were out back in the gardens, I'd leave them open. Then there was a rash of burglaries locally three years ago, so I lock up if I'm not in view of my house. DH says, don't let go of your "street smarts".
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Old 05-09-2011, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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I always lock every single car and home door 100% of the time, no matter where I am...rural or urban. In fact, I even lock my bedroom door shut every single night when I go to bed. It's one extra obstacle for an intruder to have to break through.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Never think because you live in a small town that you are safe. My nearest neighbor is nearly a mile from me and the town of 1200 people is 4 miles away. This past month while I was away for a week, I returned home to find my front door kicked in and handguns and other things stolen. I now have security systems installed around my very rural property.

One should always keep in mind that the same solitude that draws honest people to rural America can also draw human detritus and riftraft. I've lived in several larger American cities but I've never believed one can totally escape from the sick products of modern American society. I lock my doors and did before the burglary.
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Old 05-09-2011, 10:15 PM
 
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I always lock every single car and home door 100% of the time, no matter where I am...rural or urban. In fact, I even lock my bedroom door shut every single night when I go to bed. It's one extra obstacle for an intruder to have to break through.
Hear, hear. I do that too and have my 9 mm next to me on the night stand too.
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Old 05-10-2011, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma(formerly SoCalif) Originally Mich,
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Where I'm at in Oklahoma, if my dogs riding with me, I have no problem leaving the keys in the truck.
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