"We never locked our doors when I was young". I hear that said a lot these days. We rarely locked our back door either. Mind you, there was a lot more people staying at home in those days. Most mums would be at home looking after the children and taking care of the home. Most men were out at work and so would be busy at their job.
Close scrutiny in those days came from the watchful eyes of neighbours, patrolling bobbies, and any tradesman delivering in your area, and protected your home efficiently. Of course there were "chancers" about in those days who could be prepared to enter your home, but they were few and far between, and nobody would have been penalised if they had attempted to stop them.
I'm not sure if it was respect for others, a general high standard of having pride in yourself, or the fact we had a neighbourhood watch system long before we had "'Neighbourhood Watch".
Neither of my parents or us children would have dreamed of going into a neighbour's house and taking things any more than they would to us. That was why we never locked the doors. Mind you, my Dad had another good reason for it. He always used to say, "We're like everybody else; we've got nothing worth stealing. If somebody wanted to take something valuable, he'd have to bring it with him first and then take it."
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