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1. Posted by spongehead (Full Member 119 posts) 8y

How 'safe' do you consider your own city/town to be? Do you lock your front door when you go shopping (maybe 3 or 4 hours away)?

I've seen a documentary where they interviewed several Canadians and their response was almost uniform: "Lock? No, what for?"

I'm impressed at the safety level in Canada!

What about you...do you lock the door when going out?[i]

2. Posted by soliqa (Respected Member 284 posts) 8y

I lock my door now because I live in the city but I grew up on a farm where we never locked anything. We also leave keys in cars, and our house where my parents still live can not even be locked. It was quite a big adjustment when I moved to the city, because I was forever forgetting to lock my door when I went out, just out of habit.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 9, 2008, at 9:53 PM by soliqa ]

3. Posted by arif_kool (Travel Guru 1757 posts) 8y

I live in India and u can imagine what happens if i dont lock my door and go out:)

By the time i return back my sweet home would have changed beyond recognition and i would have to start rebuilding it from the scratch

4. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 8y

Not only do I lock the door but I make sure all the windows are bolted, its strange for me to do this, I'm used to the locked doors but windows that were above hand reach were normally okay but everyone keeps telling me that here it all needs to be locked down..............

5. Posted by marlis (Travel Guru 1167 posts) 8y

No,have no clue where the key is.
I lock only the gate,because tourists can't read the sign who says the shop is closed.
had them wandering around inside my house or in the garden
the door to the porch and garden is day and night open so the cats and dogs can go in and out.My cars are never locked would make no sence since the are Susuki jeeps.

1x a mini van was "borrowed"for so called "joy riding"found it not far away from my place nicely parked,no damage so I was lucky.
later 2 wheeles where stolen right in front of the house and another night the starter motor sombody needet it for his mini van.
I had also the gasolin pipe cut,now my cars have a iron pipe so no more cutting.
Gasolin worth about $10,repair costs about $100
My dogs where asleep or not home,now I have 2 geese as watchdogs the people are more afraid of them.

6. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 8y

Quoting spongehead

How 'safe' do you consider your own city/town to be? Do you lock your front door when you go shopping (maybe 3 or 4 hours away)?

I've seen a documentary where they interviewed several Canadians and their response was almost uniform: "Lock? No, what for?"

I'm impressed at the safety level in Canada!

What about you...do you lock the door when going out?

That's from Bowling for Columbine and that's mostly bullsh*t. It may be true in tiny Canadian towns or in delusional people who think nothing's going to happen to them, but I live on Montreal and I always lock the door--even when I'm home.

I like Michael Moore and he does try to create awareness of important issues, but he tends to over-idealize things to prove a point. You'll probably find more small-town cities that don't lock their doors in the U.S. than you would in Canada--just based on population size. Trust me--no semi-big city here is so under the illusion that Canadians are some sort of idealized uber-nice people that they'd leave their doors open without a second thought.

So yes, I lock my door. Always.

[ Edit: Edited on Jun 10, 2008, at 6:06 AM by tway ]

7. Posted by steff (Travel Guru 1160 posts) 8y

Quoting tway

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That's from Bowling for Columbine and that's mostly bullsh*t. It may be true in tiny Canadian towns or in delusional people who think nothing's going to happen to them, but I live on Montreal and I always lock the door--even when I'm home.

Tway, your post just made me remember the time when I first came to Canada ten years ago, working as an Au-pair in Nanaimo/B.C.. I had just watched Bowling for Columbine before I arrived and had great expectations of how safe Canada would be. It turned out that my host family and their friends would not only double-lock their doors but also always set the alarm when leaving the house or going to bed. So on the one hand I felt ├╝ber-safe, but on the other as if I was living in a cage .

To get back to the initial question, yes I always lock the door just as a precaution, no matter where I'm living.

8. Posted by Magnus J (Budding Member 20 posts) 8y

I even have the door locked when I'm home

9. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 8y

I live in a ground floor flat in Central London! I lock my doors and the retractable window bars when I go out. Still didn't stop the beggars from breaking in this January.

10. Posted by Purdy (Travel Guru 3546 posts) 8y

Always as soon as l get in through the door its locked behind me. Never had any problems - never want to either!