Essayist describes anxiety after armed robber hits close to home

    He recently moved to Philly, lives in what many consider a safe neighborhood and says he tries to be aware of his surroundings.

    But it’s hard to keep your cool when a guy with a gun is standing in your front door.
    In an essay posted to Metropolis, Fairmount resident Brendan Schaller recalls an attempted armed robbery at the door to his apartment just a few weeks after moving in.

    “I have a new anxiety every time I walk outside at night, because this didn’t happen on some street somewhere in the city that I can avoid. It happened where I live, right outside my front door.”

    The essay is worth reading, regardless of whether Schaller’s experience is one you’ve had.

    Have you experienced crime where you live? What’s the expectation of safety in your neighborhood?

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