This has been a grown problem in Northern Virginia. Random people, probably "thugs" who enter a home. Sometimes invited, but usually just turning the door knob and entering. Police are not tough enough about this crime. I have seen or met many, many of them in the last 30 years or so. It's not a matter of being in some in else's home by mistake, but a matter of refusing to leave, or even refusing when police are called; if they are able to respond fast enough. There is one man who has done this to me literally dozens of times, he has stolen items and cash from the home at least four times, and I think he still walks the streets as a free man. Police claim that the crimes go unreported even though I have talked about it many times. They claim they have bigger fish to fry, and that I should take care of it myself. They say it happens to everyone, and the jails are full. They see it as simple harassment, or stalking. The assailant claims he committed no harm, and taking several hundreds of dollars in cash or valuables he claims is insignificant, claims it was someone else, and despite our testimony the courts let him go. He does it again and again. There aren't many people on the street with this pattern, but in fact only a few. These are the problem children who have had defiant behavior and mental illness since childhood or early school. They are sort of bullies, thugs, drug dealers. They are known by nick names or first name only. They won't divulge their last name or address, and the courts won't release this information to the victims. So, why do they still walk the streets? Why are the police so nice to them, as if they are even friends?
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