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Hoarding Statistics

Many experts believe hoarding is a form of OCD, but not all health professionals agree. For example, a 2012 study at the National Institutes of Health concludes, “People with hoarding disorder have trouble making decisions about when to throw things away. Possessions can pile up and result in debilitating clutter. Until recently, hoarding disorder has […]

Lucinda is a victim of The Other Home Invasion. An unmarried career woman, she bought her home years ago in a middle-class community of single family homes located in a Chicago suburb. Large lots, trim lawns, friendly neighbors, and a quiet ambience characterized the neighborhood. Sadly, with the economic downtown, Illinois is now ranked among […]

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On September 13, Home Invasion News received an email from Marcia A. Wrick, a property owner in Cleveland, OH. The subject of her email caught our attention. Titled “A new type of invasion and police attitudes about neighbor disputes,” the email contained the following story in Marcia Wrick’s own words. I am a landlord and […]

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Last September, ABC News ran a story titled “The White Picket Offense: Homeowners’ Associatons Crack Down.” The articles address a variety of HOA squabbles, including personal signage, fencing, non-payment of dues, lawn care, paint, and other iron-clad dictates. Here at Home Invasion News we’ve had some personal experiences with a homeowners association — BAD personal […]

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Gulflive.com reports that a brutal home invasion in Gautier, Mississippi, is prompting city leaders to think about rebooting their Neighborhood Watch Program. Tommy Fortenberry, who was Gautier’s crime prevention officer before being elected Mayor, says “If you have a strong Neighborhood Watch program in your community, that sends [criminals] elsewhere.” Neighborhood Watch is a community […]

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For two years, a friend of mine has been living in a used-to-be-quiet Chicago suburb. During the same period, he’s also been living in a nightmare. A couple of summers ago, a middle aged man purchased the house next door to Louis. The guy never moved in. Instead, his two teenage sons set up house […]

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Now a feature on two TV channels — A&E’s Hoarders and TLC’s Buried Alive — “hoarding” seems to be a phenomenon sweeping the country. How Widespread Is the Problem? A 2003 article in the Los Angeles Times notes that “no one keeps statistics on on hoarding, but more and more jurisdictions nationwide are forming special […]

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Barking dogs are such a widespread annoyance to neighbors that entire websites are devoted to the subject. How to Stop Your Neighbor’s Dog from Barking outlines nine dos and two donts. ihatebarkingdogs.com hawks Barkstop, the Ultra-Sonic Dog Training CD and also offers a forum for the beleaguered to gripe. The most through discussion, BarkingDogs.net, contains […]

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The term “home invasion” most definitely includes criminals who force their way inside a home, threaten or hurt those living there, and steal or damage property. In fact, that’s the mental image most of us get when we hear the term “home invasion.” But many more people suffer home invasion of a different sort. Other […]

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