That’s nutty thinking Meagan. As soon as she imagines another threat she should overreact to that too? What about the other 500 registered sex offenders in her county? Or the as-yet uncaught ones? Or the robbers or rapists or …
OP: The guy could have kicked in your door any day since he was let out of prison. The fact that now you know his name doesn’t increase his ability to kick doors. Any house on your block is just as vulnerable as yours is. Which is to say, completely vulnerable physically but really not much at all practically.
Yes, he now knows that you have have kids. But a contractor I bet he’s been in a lot of houses. And seen a lot of kids. It also doesn’t take an Einstein to drive through a neighborhood & figure out which houses have kids. Most of them do.
*Could *something bad happen? Of course. Darn near anything *could *happen, including being struck by a meteorite. The challenge as adults is to determine which threats are real enough to do something about and then do something which will actually solve the problem. About all a home alarm will do is make a bit of noise while he loads the kids in his van. In other words, it might make you *feel *safer to have one, but it won’t make you (or them) *actually *safer.
The fact you’re seeking feel-good solutions is a pretty valid indication that you’re having an emotional overreaction, not making a rational decision basd on a rational threat analysis.
The number of potential bad people in your county is just what it was 3 weeks ago. The only thing that’s changed is your awareness of one of them.
Sorry if I sound harsh. I’m not trying to be a jerk. I’m trying to help by adding a little cold rational water to some overheated feelings.