It can be scary to be home alone, especially when it is big. But as the winter months arrive and the sun starts setting earlier and the night starts arriving with more force, the darkness can add to the intimidation of being inside a big home alone. And now with the integration of so much home security technology, people seem to be more paranoid than ever before despite having more things in place to keep them safe and protected.
During one dark winter morning, Katie Egger Makris, who lives in crime-infested Washington, D.C., could never have guessed what was about to happen. Little did she know that earlier that morning, she had dropped her wallet. She was on her way to the gym and didn’t even realize that someone else could be in possession of her identification and credit cards.
Then an alert popped up on her smartphone. She was on her way to her job teaching exercise classes at the gym early in the morning when the video started playing. The notification came from her home security technology. There was a strange man on her front porch, and he was holding something suspicious in his hand.
Katie was horrified. Who was this stranger? Why was he at her home so early in the morning? Was he trying to break in? Was he a deranged murderer? And what was the large object in his hand? A gun?
Katie was terrified. But she tried not to jump to any conclusions. She watched the video. Only later did she realize that this man was not a thief, he was not a criminal, he was a good Samaritan on a mission that would help make Katie’s life much easier. The large object in his hand was not a package or a gun but the wallet Katie did not even know she lost.
Because she was so inspired by the kindness of the stranger, Katie shared the video on social media to celebrate the instance of goodness in the swamp that is Washington, D.C.
“Typically, posted videos from Ring cameras are about package thefts, break-ins, people juggling car doors on the street to see what’s open and our neighborhood listserve is always littered with these this time of year.”
Katie is referring to the horrid porch pirates – the fleet of greedy Grinches – who ruin Christmas for people across the country.
As Katie stood there in the dark watching her Ring security camera video notification, the man left something on her porch and then walked away. Katie called her husband to ask him to check what the man left. He told her over the phone that her wallet was tucked under the doormat. Katie patted her pockets and realized with a shock that she had lost it.
The stranger had returned her wallet before she even realized that it was in someone else’s possession.
“This guy was nice enough to stop his van, clearly checked the address on the ID and returned it under our mat. Anyone who lives in DC knows this is pretty much unheard of – you drop a wallet, you lose a wallet, and you usually lose everything in your accounts if you’re not quick, too. Counting my blessings today. I’m damn lucky.”