Dear Mr. Kipp,

I had an experience last week which made me so very grateful that I had taken your FAST Defense class about one year ago. It was actually the second of these classes which I had taken. I found the classes very empowering and worthwhile. Little did I know I would actually have to use the information I learned in them!banner02

I was home last Tuesday morning when my doorbell rang. I looked through the peephole and saw a man who I did not recognize so I decided not to answer. I guessed he was a solicitor and I was busy. He continued to ring the bell several times (my first red flag, though I didn’t realize this at the time). A few minutes after the ringing stopped, I heard my dogs barking wildly in the kitchen, which meant they saw someone in our backyard. My inner voice told me not to go outside, but I was still curious if a utility worker may be out there. Another red flag arose. “Would a utility worker be in my backyard without my permission?”
I looked out my bathroom window and saw a man trying to open the service entrance door to my garage. In a firm and steady voice, I asked him what he was doing. He said a water pipe had broke in the street and he had to get to get inside immediately to shut off the water valve in my house. There was nothing about this man’s appearance or demeanor that frightened me. He looked like a regular guy trying to do his job except that he didn’t have on a uniform or I.D. badge (red flag #3!). He asked me once more with some urgency to please let him to turn off the water. “Didn’t my supervisor call you? He was supposed to.” All during our conversation I had an inner conversation going on at the same time. I finally decided that there was nothing to decide. I had too many questions and I didn’t want to see the danger level raise any higher. I made a point of keeping my voice from sounding high or questioning as I told him to leave. When he implored me once more to let him in, I repeated, “LEAVE NOW!”. He said he would just go to his car to get I.D.. He drove away.

When the sheriff arrived, he said it was definitely an attempted break in. I don’t think I would have trusted my inner voice had I not taken your classes. I am not by nature a suspicious person. T