There is a rental house on my street that was purchased by a rental company as a new home and has been rented for the last 17 years by a number of respectable middle-class families of all colors and races, typically for 2-3 years at a time as they make their arrangements to purchase a home or leave the area. The owner has no desire to sell, though two of the past renters attempted to purchase. The market for middle-class homes as rentals in my area is very hot and these properties never stay empty for long. The rental is not cheap, however, so anyone paying these rental prices will be looking to purchase before too long. Last year a "family" moved in and immediately there were problems. Lots of vehicle traffic at all hours, noise and "disturbances" and several visits by the police. Two adults males and one adult female seemed to be "parents" along with several children ages 12-17. On July 4th, they had lots of illegal fireworks - though that was common throughout the state - and would have been fine with that except one of the adults decided to start shooting a large caliber handgun at something in the back yard and that got the attention of the police through calls by neighbors. One or two shots would likely have been ignored, but this guy was shooting excessively in a very dense suburban neighborhood. Not a great idea. He went to jail that night... About a month ago, one of the "dads" was removed by the police, who also took away several duffle bags and briefcases in the middle of the night. The word in the neighborhood was that this man didn't actually live there, but he was out of jail from another state and tracked down his "family" - and they called the police. The duffels were apparently drugs and cash... This morning, their world came crashing down on them... A dozen police vehicles showed up at 0400, including SWAT. They were in the house in minutes, and appeared to have cuffed and hauled off everyone... Several high priced cars parked in the driveway and street - much more expensive than you might imagine belong to a middle-class working family with three kids - were hauled away on tow trucks. That part of the street is still blocked off and there is a forensic unit and several squad cars there. It doesn't look like whatever is happening there will be ending any time soon. One of the officers - whose car was parked in front of my house - was nice enough to tell me that "Mr Smith" will not be returning to the home, and asked if I knew the contact information for the owner. I did and shared that with him. I did not ask any other questions, but the officer volunteered that there would be city employees coming by with a large van and they will be emptying out the house this afternoon and tomorrow. I can only imagine what could have caused this action... This is a quiet, established, middle-class neighborhood about 15 miles from the city center, in a gated community where most neighbors wave and smile and talk to one another when they meet. There is a large racial mix here, and people get along well - with the exception of a couple of looney leftists who stir up trouble that would only happen in a first-world country... Just makes me realize, again, why I always carry, why I lock my cars and my home, why I have a monitored alarm system and I always keep my situational awareness level on high - even in my own back yard... Stay safe out there. The bad guys can be anywhere.