As I was sitting in the Denver airport yesterday afternoon, I received a call from my 16 year old son. He sounded out of breath, and obviously had a huge adrenaline rush going. He told me he was in the bathroom, and heard a crashing sound. He finished his business, thinking the cat may have knocked something off the counter, and came out of the bathroom to see a figure moving in the kitchen. According to his account, he ran into the master bedroom and grabbed my Springfield XD9 SC and chambered a round while shouting obscenities and for the perp to GTFO as he manuvered toward the kitchen. He heard someone running and the back door swinging open violently, and caught another glimpse of what appeared to be a young man high-tailing it through the sunroom and out into the back yard. Entry was gained through the back door, which was not locked. Two unlocked doors actually - the door from the patio into the sunroom, and one from the sunroom into the kitchen/den area. The crashing sound was apparently a porcelain figurine that was knocked off a shelf in the kitchen, where a couple of bottles of prescription meds also were. A pair of my son's high-dollar tennis shoes were found abandoned on the kitchen floor near the remains of the porcelain figurine. My son recalls hearing our dogs barking outside prior to the incident, but disregarded it, as our house backs up to a small park, and our dogs regularly bark at other dogs in the park. Anyone who knew the demographics of our neighborhood would have known that it is filled almost entirely with retired couples and single income families, meaning most houses are rarely empty. Lessons learned: Living in a good neighborhood doesn't mean a damn thing. My dogs are apparently not the valliant guard dogs I imagined they were. Complacency and unsecured entry points are bad. That park that provides beautiful views and distance between us and the neighbors, also allows any damn body easy access to our back yard. Teaching my son gun safety, operation, and profficient use beginning at age 3 was a good thing. Having all guns secured by lock and key would have cost valuable time, and possibly had tragic results.