It was a pretty random post-Christmas week in the Park Cities, and while it appears that more residents are locking their cars to prevent thefts, burglars are still targeting vehicles. It’s worth repeating that firearms shouldn’t be left inside unoccupied vehicles unless in a locked compartment.

Read all the way through this week’s crime report after the jump for a very special “Great Moment in Parenting,” where we are sure you’ll agree that we already have one person in the running for Mother of the Year.


Carolyn Isler

I know police and safety experts (and our alarm company) say you should never confront a burglar, but you know what? I still think Caroly Isler is a badass for taking down the 53-year-old dude who tried to rip her off. Here’s part of the report from Park Cities People:

She heard a commotion and ran to the office, where she found the burglar. He tried to get past her, but she grabbed his arm and yelled, “Stop! Get down!” Isler also grabbed the back of his shirt and tried to push him down.

“He managed to get out the door,” she said, “and I was still holding on to him, and after maybe 5 to 10 feet, I was able to get his arm really high behind his back, and I pushed him forward and pushed him down on his knees.”

Given the struggle, Isler was unable to dial 911. But her neighbor, who just graduated from college, happened to be outside, so she called for help.

“When I had the guy down, and I couldn’t dial 911, I’m like, ‘Now what am I going to do?’ ” Isler said. “That’s when it started to hit me, like, ‘What are you doing?’ You know what I’m saying? That was the first time that reason kind of set in.”

I definitely don’t have the cojones to do what self-professed tomboy Isler did, but wow! What a woman! Glad you’re safe, Carolyn, and thanks for the tip about burglaries, too. I forgot that thieves often target homes in the morning around 9 a.m. because most folks are commuting or doing drop-offs.

Have any other safety tips for us, readers?

Want to keep chickens but don't want to build your own coop? Williams Sonoma is selling the Bentley of chicken tractors.

City Chickens have officially gone mainstream. If the idea of building your own coop seems expensive, daunting, and well, impossible, you can now just order one from Williams-Sonoma.

The chicken coops, which are actually chicken tractors because of their mobility, are part of the store’s new agrarian line.  And there are beekeeping supplies there, too, as well as some of the flashiest trowels I have ever laid eyes on.

Now, two of the toniest areas of the good ol’ DF-Dub don’t even allow backyard chickens. But since it’s A-OK in Dallas, how can we keep city chickens classy? Where do we draw the line?

Well, according to an in-the-know Realtor, a recent Oak Lawn Heights sale had the buyers putting a provision in their contract for a super tall and sturdy fence to keep the neighbor’s chicken coop AND GOAT out of sight and out of mind.

“At first I was a little taken back,” said the buyer, “however, I have seen similar stories on the news and Martha Stewart about how the coops can be kept nicely and are safe (from a health standpoint).  As long as there are no roosters, I was not that worried about the noise.”

But what about the goat? A city goat? Well, apparently they are a thing.

What do you think? Should we draw the line at goats, or can urban goat keeping be classy, too?