ETA: I'm sorry this is happening. It's scary, upsetting, and frustrating. (((and strength)))
[This message edited by tushnurse at 8:54 AM, July 15th (Tuesday)]
The police officer said they wanted to hurt both me AND my WBF by attacking the horsebox. If they had wanted to attack only me for maximum hurt and damage, they would have attacked my much more expensive car which was also there, and a CCTV would not have stopped them. But the horse-box my WBF had re-done for me only a few weeks back, and this attack ruins that work and hurts me at the same time. He also thinks that by attacking the horse-box I will assume it is my WBF and get angry and have a fight with him.
See, they do not stop even when I break with my WBF. Until they find their next target, I am it.
What a mistake to have brought them to this country for a 'new better life.'
Are they going to kill one of my horses on their brother's one year anniversary of his suicide? How far will they go? They have already 'practised' hurting or killing hamsters, finches, my cat, a dog, and a lamb. And that is only what I know about.
It is all really scary.
I have finally found my voice and it is good!
I do have CCTV cameras after the threats to hurt my animals were known. I have already phoned the camera guy to get more set up. I live on a busy road, why it is easy for them to just drive alondside my property and do something in a field.
It is very hard with a farm to protect everything, and fields too. JUst throw some glass in a field - easy, no proof.
This open damage is an escalation. My WBF said he was protecting me from his kids. Now he is gone, they are upping. The 17 year old has a 30-35 year old boyfriend too, which gives her confidence to be more of a jerk.
And I am planning on moving when I am in a position to as well.
Thank you for your advice. I am so sorry for all you have gone through. Still hard to read it, it is so horrible
I have friends who have security systems in their barns too so I know that can be done at a price. I personally put my horses in their stalls at night and have security lights placed in a few places near the paddocks and arena. Because the horses are in they wont trigger them. I also keep all gates padlocked and my trailer is under a security light and my tackroom is also locked and that portion of the barn is under a security light. I also keep my feed room with a padlock as I had fellow competitor years ago whos horses feed was poisoned.
I would be chaining and placing locks on all gates, putting up security lighting, and getting more CCV cameras placed around or moving things to a place easily seen. Keep your feed locked up too if you can. . As others have said I would take it seriously because sick people do sick things to hurt others. Protect yourself and your animals the best you can. So sorry.
Also Jersey Cowgirl-your story just broke my heart. I am so sorry and being forced to euthanize a horse for no good reason besides your ex wanting to hurt you. Sick. I am just so sorry.
Jomarian, this will probably be an impractical suggestion if you don't know many people in your area, but if it is too costly to install more cameras, lights security system for the barns and paddock, you might consider hiring a person as a security guard..A trusted friend or family member who lives in the area, is willing to work nights and is down on his or her luck.....
[This message edited by doggiediva at 2:52 PM, July 16th (Wednesday)]
If it were me, I would be camping down at the barn with a BIG dog and a baseball bat since you can't have a gun! I'd send them straight to hell! My horses are my heart! And they killed your pets? WTF!!!! They are sick!!! Please get away from him and his crazy relatives and be safe...
My problem with motion light sensors is the horses set them off, then a person could hurt them from a distance in the dark. I live in a small valley with steep hills around me. Once the WWbf's daughter remarked on how you climb up this path and can see all my property. She said it in a way I didn't like, so I took a walk up there and it is true. Another time, in this special sickly sweet voice she used, talked about how she saw on You Tube or somesuch, road accidents where horses escaped onto the road and were killed. 'It was Sooooo disturbing' she'd say, but she was a bad actor that day,(usually she is seamless, absolutely amazing to watch her in action, would win an Oscar. But that day, you could hear she was saying that as a veiled threat, for my benefit.
My CCTV cameras work well in the stableyard.
Two logistical problems with keeping my horses in at night is my 18 year old cannot be locked in a stall as she has severe COPD, is on steroids to help her breathe and needs to be outside. My other horse, who had that big scare with the pig, may be too terrified to go into his stall yet, as it was just outside it in the stableyard where he had his encounter with Monster Pig. Because he likes to jump, that paddock with the horsebox in it is the only one where he can't jump out. That is why I am nervous too - those two need to stay outside for now.
These kids are brilliant crime-makers. The will not come around now. They will back off, wait for another opportunity, months, years.
The police officer said it is usually women who scratch and damage cars, not men.
He hopes speaking to these skum will stop them. He said he will talk to them in a way that will not enrage them and make them do more, as they are extremely vindictive.
When these kids tried to break into my house a few years back, I got lots of security up, ADT, and special locks. The 17 year old, when she saw these locks, would ask me in her sickly sweet voice 'Which windows have your new locks.....just curious... '
The baby monitor is a good idea, to hear them. These kids are incredibly incredibly sneaky, and paranoid. When they first lived in my house, they searched all over for the 'secret cameras' they were convinced were in the house!
The security guard is a wonderful idea, probably difficult to do fo rme, though. There is a thing on the market here where if a person crosses an invisible radio line, an alarm is set off .This coincided with the cameras may be a good combination.
Thank you everyone for your help and suggestions.
What also is interesting is that my gut had told me not to trust them with animals, but I was simultaneously in a fog of my own. Still I listened to this gut feeling, and though I was being tricked by their sweetness at that point, I also never told them about any plants poisonous to goats or horses that were on my property or in the area (like rhododendron - which grows like wildfire around here, and cherry tree leaves.)
My horse's liver is completely normal now, and he is 26 years old going on 10! Looks and feels great, nobody thinks he is so old.
This is the sort of thing I worry about with these kids,why I was always scared to phone the police. I have seen them do things to themselves and then blame a person they want to get into trouble for doing the thing to them. (for example, have somebody punch them, then claim X did it to get X arrested, backed up, of course,by witnesses, their friends.
And then they project their twisted games onto me. I am worried what they will do next to retaliate.
All the grain is safely locked away, as well as the hay. They won't do anything now anyway. Their anger has been released, it has to build up again before they act again, and they know the police are on high alert. I see them driving by my house on my CCTV cameras .
I know it doesn't make you miss your WB any less but his children are toxic to you. I worry that if you allow him to come back, they will eventually really hurt you.
Now I just don't know.